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Haiti Empowerment Project

The Haiti Empowerment Project brings together the intellectual and material resources of OSU and other U.S. faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students with Haitian
counterparts to assist in the development and implementation of culturally relevant
professional training.

The Haiti Empowerment Project brings together the intellectual and material resources of OSU and other U.S. faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students with Haitian counterparts to assist Haitian entrepreneurs working to establish and develop businesses by assisting with business plans or hosting workshops on needed topics. 

Program

For the past five years Professor Terri Bucci from the OSU-Mansfield campus has lead student groups to Haiti to work with local teachers, education professionals and community leaders in multidisciplinary projects. This spring break, students will have the opportunity to travel to Haiti and collaborate with local community members and university students.

Likely projects will be developing primary education instruction, installing solar panels in schools (or other engineering related tasks), creating community organizations and assisting entrepreneurs with financing new business. The required spring semester pre-departure course will address issues from poverty to empowerment. Upon return to campus, students will continue to reflect on their first hand-experience and will participate in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.

Fisher Cohort

Fisher students participating in the program (max. 8 students) will be led in-country by a Fisher instructor on projects with local entrepreneurs.  Business students will help individuals and small groups establish and develop businesses by assisting with business plans or hosting workshops on needed topics.  This year’s project(s) will be determined by the faculty based on pre-visits to the area.

Courses and Credits (5 credits Spring Semester)

Students will need to register themselves for the 2013 Spring Semester Education: Teaching & Leadership 5798 class (3 semester hours) which is taught on the Mansfield campus (or via video conferencing) on Mondays from 4:40pm-7:25pm. Columbus campus students not able to attend the class in person will have a video conferencing option available.

The Office of International Affairs will enroll students in the two semester hour in-country Educational: Teaching & Leadership class.

Accommodations

Students will stay in shared rooms in a guest house located outside Port-au-Prince close to the metal art shops of Croix-des-Bouquets. All meals are included and will be served at the guest house.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2045 program fee. The program fee includes international airfare, accommodations, all meals, airport transfers, local transportation, translators, supplemental international insurance. It does not cover passport fees, potential project material costs or personal expenses.

Application Process

Deadline: Students will apply here through the Office of International Affairs (be prepared with your passport number, personal statement, and a $150 application fee). You will submit your application through Buckeye Link. Once you submit your application, your application will be reviewed by the Fisher Faculty Lead and you may be required to complete an interview.