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Carnival Plans a $70 Million Port Investment in Haiti

Where: Haiti
August 13, 2014 at 7:40 AM | by | Comments (2)

The cruise business must be going well for the people over at Carnival, as they have a whole bunch of money available to invest in a brand new port.

All in all it looks like the cruise line will be throwing down around $70 million to build a brand new private port in Haiti. Once completed this will be the seventh port owned and operated by Carnival down in the Caribbean, and this one will be located on Tortuga Island—it looks like it’s somewhat off Port-de-Paix on the country’s northwestern coastline.

Apparently this is going to be the largest investment in Haiti as far as the cruise industry is concerned, but of course we have to ask if there’s better ways to invest in Haiti rather than tourism—we’ll just leave it as that.

[Photo: Lisa Andres]

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Help Travel4Souls Distribute Much Needed Shoes in Haiti

January 31, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few times a year Travel4Souls brings shoes to developing countries, including Haiti, and they are always looking for volunteers to come along.

The group works with their parent organization, Soles4Souls, Inc., and a global network of partners to raise money and collect much needed footwear and clothing that they distribute during brief trips abroad.

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How to Help Restore Homes in Haiti Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Where: Haiti
March 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

With all the focus on the damage Hurricane Sandy caused in the U.S., it's easy to forget that the storm wreaked havoc in other countries, too.

The non-profit organization Haven U.S. is planning a trip to the island of Ile a Vache in Haiti to help restore community buildings and facilities which were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October, and they are looking for volunteers to come along.

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Believe It or Not, Duty-Free Shopping is Now Helping Kids in Haiti

Where: Haiti
October 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Students receive two full meals at school.

Earlier this week, we told you how running around Zoo Miami this Saturday can help the kids of a new Haitian school, Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable. But that's not the only way to support the Hand in Hand for Haiti charity that built and runs the school. Here's another way: go duty-free shopping.

Hand in Hand for Haiti was actually founded by three heavy-hitters in the travel retail industry: DFS Group chairman and CEO ED Brennan, Estée Lauder Travel Retailing Worldwide president Olivier Bottrie and The Moodie Report founder and publisher Martin Moodie.

All three companies encourage their employees and business partners to get involved with the charity, and have successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past few years to get the school in Saint-Marc up and running. If you support any of these businesses by buying duty-free goodies on your travels, you're also contributing in some small way to the cause.

You can, of course, do even more by donating to the charity directly or sponsoring a child.

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Run Around Zoo Miami to Help a New Children's School in Haiti

Where: 12400 Southwest 152nd Street [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33177
October 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are lots of ways to spend a Saturday in Miami, not all of them good for you. On the wholesome end of the scale, there are things like a trip to the zoo or working up a sweat with a nice, long walk or run. Even better: here's a way to knock both of those tasks off your to-do list and earn major feel-good vibes to boot.

This Saturday, the Miami chapter of charitable organization Hand in Hand for Haiti holds its annual 5K Walk/Run at Zoo Miami. If you live in the area or are in town for a visit, it's the best way to start off your weekend. (No one gets out of bed before noon on South Beach anyway.)

It all begins at 8 am and, if you register in advance, you score admission to Zoo Miami immediately after the Walk/Run. The fee is $25, but if you wait until the day of the event it jumps to $30.

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Finally Scratch Off 'Take a Volunteer Trip to Haiti' from Your 2012 To-Do List

Where: Haiti
September 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looking for a way to use your leftover vacation days before the end of the year and do good some good while you're at it? Lucky for you, The Village Experience—a program designed to introduce Westerners to other cultures and global issues through interactive cultural trips—still has one more trip to Haiti planned in 2012.

The trip, which runs from December 1 - 8, 2012, will take visitors on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the North Coast.

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One Week is All You Need to Make a Difference in Haiti

Where: Jacmel, Haiti
April 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do you want to take part in the voluntourism movement but only have one week of vacation time? Then Elevate Destinations has the perfect opportunity for you.

Elevate Destinations, a travel company striving to make a difference in each country they visit, has an eight-day volunteer trip planned to Jacmel, Haiti between July 22 and July 30, 2012, to assist rural Haitians move toward economic, environmental and social self sufficiency.

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How to Help Sean Penn with His Mission in Haiti

Where: Haiti
February 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

On the latest episode of Oprah's Next Chapter, the talk show icon visited Sean Penn at his J/P HRO camp in Haiti. Penn has been helping with the Haiti relief effort since the catastrophic earthquake hit in 2010. His organization provides emergency medical services, distributes food and water purification systems, and runs Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps with the ultimate goal of finding stable housing for all those still living in the camps.

Oprah toured the camp with Penn, who explained there are still more than 20,000 people living in the tent city, which includes a market where people trade goods, a clinic, and a free school that educates more than 400 kids.

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Don't Be Fooled in Haiti: Unlikely Tourist Sites for Unlikely Tourists

Where: Haiti
April 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)


The National Palace, collapsed and abandoned after the quake

In the wake of Japan's tragic events, the world has been quick to forget Haiti's 7.0 earthquake, which ruled the headlines through 2010. As the country continues to rebuild, the tourists slowly trickle back. Jaunted special correspondent Soo Ah M. Lee recently returned from a medical volunteering mission in Port-au-Prince, and will share her Haiti travel stories and voluntourism tips all this week. This is her story:

As I've said in this series before, I traveled around Haiti in a small group, and this is how most foreigners will also experience it. Occasionally, between volunteering, we'd drive to experience some leisure. Since the earthquake, Haiti hasn't exactly been a tourist destination but when I finally opened up my eyes a bit, I saw that it can be a hidden gem.

Here are few conventional and non-conventional places to visit in and around Port-au-Prince, places that I didn't truly discover until I experienced them myself:

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Don't Be Fooled in Haiti: How to Be Charitable When Everyone is in Need

Where: Haiti
April 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)


Being chased by children asking for help

In the wake of Japan's tragic events, the world has been quick to forget Haiti's 7.0 earthquake, which ruled the headlines through 2010. As the country continues to rebuild, the tourists slowly trickle back. Jaunted special correspondent Soo Ah M. Lee recently returned from a medical volunteering mission in Port-Au-Prince, and will share her Haiti travel stories and voluntourism tips all this week. This is her story:

Before I begin this fourth article in the series, I just want to clarify that I am not a doctor. My main role in my team was providing medical services in the role of assistant. Basically I helped with passing out medicine and giving gifts to all the patients seen by the actual doctors. In this role, I accompanied volunteers to two churches, three orphanages, several home visits and some communal areas to provide services. Most of the visits were in Cité Soleil—one of the biggest and poorest slums in this side of the world, with a known population of about 300,000 people. Other times were spent in Canaan—also known as "Tent City," because some 200,000 here are still living in tents.

I felt mentally, emotionally, and spiritually drained after visiting such heart breaking locations. I felt even worse upon seeing children suffering from malnutrition, diseases and bacterial issues. As a volunteer and a foreigner here, you feel compelled to do something, anything to help. Charity is a delicate issue, however, and visitors quickly learn the right and wrong ways to provide help.

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Don't Be Fooled in Haiti: Tap-Tap Trucks, Translators and Tropical Beaches

Where: Haiti
April 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM | by | Comment (1)


In the wake of Japan's tragic events, the world has been quick to forget Haiti's 7.0 earthquake, which ruled the headlines through 2010. As the country continues to rebuild, the tourists slowly trickle back. Jaunted special correspondent Soo Ah M. Lee recently returned from a medical volunteering mission in Port-Au-Prince, and will share her Haiti travel stories and voluntourism tips all this week. This is her story:

During my trip, I spent most of the time traveling on a Tap-Tap truck, which is basically a pick-up truck with seats and a hood on the trunk. As for public transportation, there are these Tap-Taps and then there is the bus. The latter is easy for locals and near impossible for visitors, since bus stop signs at stop locations are nonexistent. You will however notice them coming from a ways away, since these buses are often colorful and painted with Bible verses in French or Creole.

I really wanted to try out the bus, but was advised not to. I stuck to the Tap-Tap trucks. As in other day-to-day things in Haiti, foreigners can easily be cheated out of money or detoured. Of course both of these situations should be avoided as much as possible, so here are some tips for transportation in Haiti:

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Don't Be Fooled in Haiti: Avoiding the Mafia and The Trials of Finding Food

Where: Haiti
April 19, 2011 at 10:51 AM | by | Comment (1)


A rental property for volunteers

In the wake of Japan's tragic events, the world has been quick to forget Haiti's 7.0 earthquake, which ruled the headlines through 2010. As the country continues to rebuild, the tourists slowly trickle back. Jaunted special correspondent Soo Ah M. Lee recently returned from a medical volunteering mission in Port-Au-Prince, and will share her Haiti travel stories and voluntourism tips all this week. This is her story:

I went to Haiti with a non-profit that gives 100% of their proceeds to those in need. When I paid $300 for my stay in Port-au-Prince, I thought this was quite a lot since Haiti is a developing country. Alas, I came to discover that it was spent on lodging, dining, transportation, translators, and admittance to a private beach. Everything was covered with $300. Regardless, I realized later that I was misled in many ways that could not be helped.

The place I slept was a house rented by missionaries supported by the non-profit with whom I traveled to Haiti. We were lucky; it had a full kitchen (refrigerator and a stove/oven) with a dining area, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (the two bathroom I saw had bathtubs in them), 1 storage room, and two communal areas; some rooms even had their own balcony. There was one big downside to this nice place, however...

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