Welcome to The Haiti Experience!
Thank you for choosing to share your heart for God’s work in Haiti with friends and family. Everything you need for an enjoyable experience can be found here. We hope your group will:
- Experience a new culture
- Reflect on God’s heart for the poor
- See how God is at work in Haiti
- Learn how you can make a difference
Haiti Experience Itinerary
To get started, download the Haiti Experience Itinerary. This document includes an overview of videos, events, discussion questions, and bonus activities. It’s a complete guide for hosting your own Haiti Experience.
Haiti Experience Videos
Above & Beyond Activities
Purpose: Degaje is a word that means “make do with what you have.” Many Haitian parents cannot afford to give their children toys from the market, so children learn to “degaje” and be creative! Experience the feeling of making do with what you have while you have fun creating a toy.
- Ask your group members to bring recycled goods from home.
- Using only what you can find around the house, each person will create a toy.
- To add to the fun, hold a contest to see who can create the best toy.
- Ideas for “degaje” materials: Plastic bottles and caps, straws, toothpicks, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, scraps of cardboard and paper, string or yarn, scissors and tape, paper clips, rubber bands, and plastic grocery sacks.
Enjoy Haitian food!
Order food from a Haitian restaurant to share with your group:
Cook together! Pick a popular Haitian dish to make with your group members:
Learn Haitian Creole!
Watch videos from students in Haiti and learn three Haitian Creole phrases: Good morning! = Bonjou! My name is Eliakim. = Mwen rele Eliakim. God bless you. = Bondye beni w.
Walk a Day in My Shoes:
Purpose: Sometimes it’s hard to understand the lives of those living in other parts of the world.
“Walk a Day in My Shoes” gives an important look at the gap between the lives we live here in the U.S. as compared to Haiti in a very eye-opening activity for your group members.
- As a leader, watch an example video online of the Privilege Walk – a similar activity.
- Print STUDENT CARDS (front and back).
- Pass out a student card to each group member. Some cards are children from Haiti and some are children from the U.S.
- Give groups members time to read their cards.
- Go outside and line up group members. Ask group members to flip over their cards for instructions on the back.
- Read the statements below. If a group member can answer yes (as indicated on their card) they can take two steps forward.
- I was created by God, and I am loved by God.
- I live in a house with electricity and running water.
- I never go to bed hungry because of poverty.
- My family owns a car.
- I have a high school in my community.
- I never miss school due to poverty.
- My family has insurance in case of a tragedy such as a hurricane, car accident or medical problem.
- If I am sick, there is a medical center in my community.
- What emotions are you feeling as a result of this activity?
- What can you learn from this activity?
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