OfC Courses – Current
Working alongside our Haitian partners, Opportunities for Communities (OfC) students learn to plan and implement sustainable development programs while building relationships with local community members. Students experience Haitian culture, language, foods, Haiti’s varied landscapes, and learn about Haiti’s political and social climate.
Please let us know if you are interested in more information.
Courses in 2018:
The 8th summer of Lekòl Dete!!
This course will focus on the eighth annual Lekòl Dete!
Lekòl Dete is summer school in Haitian Creole. What better way to promote lasting peace and break down social and cultural barriers between children living as restaveks (i.e., indentured servitude) and children who are free, than to bring them together for four weeks of summer fun and learning? Initiated in 2011 by Amanda Mundt through grants from the Davis Projects for Peace and the Restavek Freedom Foundation, Lekòl Dete has proven to be an excellent way to cross social boundaries for both the children and their teachers. The greater principle of Lekòl Dete is that people we see as “others” are not really so different and that we are all united. More specifically, we help the teachers learn to think and teach more critically through educational games they can share with their students. Education in Haiti is usually a process of rote lectures and repetition; Lekòl Dete is structured to promote curiosity, questions, creativity and critical thinking. Lekòl Dete educational activities foster mutual respect and peace while enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Dates: Course dates are June 27 to July 3, 2018. Please contact OfC for the latest information. OfC June 27-July 3 2018 announcement
Who may be interested in participating: Students interested in education and cultural dynamics would especially find this course intriguing. The first days will be spent with the teachers, and we’ll be there for the beginning of class on Monday, July 2. Other activities will include visiting and learning about the rural village of Bellabe and perhaps a day at the beach savoring fresh seafood along with sun (and shade, as necessary) and surf.
Cost: $1,200 covers in-country transportation, lodging, food and other necessities and includes a $400 program fee. Air fare and personal expenses are not included.
OfC Scholarship Program
Thanks to the generosity of some anonymous donors, OfC has established a Scholarship Program! These friends of OfC are committed to furthering OfC’s mission by encouraging participation of students exhibiting outstanding leadership skills and commitment to sustainable development, regardless of their financial means. Scholarships, which will be applied to Course Tuition/Program Fees, will be awarded on the basis of merit as well as financial need. For its 2018 programs, OfC is awarding a limited number of scholarships of $250 to defray course tuition/program fees (program fees are typically $400-500, exclusive of travel and expenses). Please consider supporting this program by designating your tax-deductible donation to the “OfC Scholarship Fund.”