OfC Courses – Current
Working alongside our Haitian partners, OfC’s 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 political and social climate. We stay at OfC’s house in Bellabe, and interact with our neighbors there to learn about their lives and to practice speaking Haitian Creole (Kreyol)! There is also be a beach day at Port Salut. Please let us know if you are interested in more information.
Courses in 2016:
The 6th summer of Lekol Dete!!
Lekol 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 six 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, Lekol Dete has proven to be an excellent way to cross social boundaries for both the children and their teachers. The greater principle of Lekol 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; Lekol Dete is structured to promote curiosity, questions, creativity and critical thinking.
Dates: Course dates are June 26 to July 5. Please contact OfC for the latest information. OfC July 2016 Announcement
Who may be interested in participating: Students interested in education and cultural dynamics would especially find this course intriguing. The first week will be spent with the teachers, and we’ll be there for the beginning of class on Monday the 6th. Other activities will be 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 2015 programs, OfC is awarding a limited number of scholarships of $250 to defray course tuition/program fees (program fees are typically $500-600, exclusive of travel and expenses). Please consider supporting this program by designating your tax-deductible donation to the “OfC Scholarship Fund.”