January 14-22, 2017
Peacekeeping Field Experience in Haiti
MThis trip is open to graduate students only.
Schar Students Meet with Haitian Ambassador
On Monday, 2 April, students from the Schar School of Policy and Government, Peace Operations Policy Program, were hosted at the Embassy of Haiti by the Haitian Ambassador to the United States, Paul Altidor. The Ambassador shared his experiences as a host nation official working with foreign interveners from the United States, NGOs, and the United Nations. He discussed certain dominant narratives in the intervention paradigm, and how a government such as Haiti's works to change those narratives.
In January of 2017, a group of Schar students visited Haiti in a first-of-its-kind study abroad program, researching the post-hurricane Matthew international humanitarian response and the changing mandate of the UN Peacekeeping force in Haiti, MINUSTAH. A subsequent trip, investigating aid and development on Haiti's southern coast, is anticipated for January, 2019.
Visit: Port-au-Prince, Petionville, Cite Soleil, Jeremie. Jacmel
Course Directors: Derek Mills, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University and Enrique (Desmond) Arias, Director of the Peace Operations Policy Program
In Haitian Creole they often say, deye mon, gen mon, beyond mountains, there are more mountains. Few Haitian proverbs are more apropos at the current time, as Haiti fights to regain its path to a promising future after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake knocked it from its tenuous recovery out of dark decades of brutal dictatorship, military juntas, violent gangs, and crushing poverty. Still, the resilience of the Haitian people is strong. This study abroad seminar is a once-in-a-career opportunity for students of peace operations, development, and humanitarian relief to look at and study not just Haiti, but the system of international assistance as a whole.
Students of the 2017 Haiti study trip will dive headlong into the confusing world of post-disaster recovery and immerse themselves amongst the non-governmental workers, the ‘blue helmets’ of the UN, the diplomats, development officials and security experts. Students will then hear the story of international assistance from the Haitians themselves, Haitians reflecting all walks of the civil society, from government, to private, and not-for-profit groups fighting to forge the new Haiti.
- Hear from the Haitian government about the benefits and risks of foreign involvement in Haitian affairs.
- Listen to representatives of the United Nations and the United States defend competing visions of Haitian recovery and development.
- See the contrasts between rural and city life, and how development initiatives differ in each.
- Meet missionaries and faith-based groups, and witness the diverse world of non-governmental involvement in developing countries.
- Think about democracy and security in a developing state.
- Listen to opposition voices to the dominant paradigm of development from non-traditional NGOs and Haitian opposition groups.
- Visit the US Embassy for briefings and attempt to understand the interagency soup of a complex development and recovery mission.
- Watch critically-acclaimed filmmakers take on Haitian history and international involvement in the run-up to the course.
Students studying development, peace operations, conflict analysis, or international relations should not miss this opportunity. Join us this winter break. The Haiti class, ITRN 702, is a spring semester 2017 course. Participants can use spring financial aid for payment.
COST AND FEES:
$4,650, includes 3 credits of graduate tuition. $500 supplement for a single room. Register early and save. The program fee will increases $350 on Oct 10.
Students using financial aid
Please print a copy of the program budget sheet before you meet with your Financial Aid Counselor. After you meet with your FA Counselor, complete the necessary form, you will return it to Sarah Kersey Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may download the budget sheet here.
Study Abroad Financial Aid
- 3 Credits of tuition
- Round-trip airfare from Miami to Port Au Prince including fuel surcharges & taxes
- All land transportation
- Transfers & porterage in Haiti
- Passport fees
- Transportation to Miami
- Some meals
- Expenditure for items of a personal nature
Haiti 2017 Syllabi
Day 1 (1/14)
Individual arrival in Miami, FL
Day 2 (1/15)
Group flight to Port Au Prince
Day 3 (1/16)
Class; Meetings Port Au Prince
Day 4 (1/17)
Meetings Port Au Prince
Day 5 (1/18)
Meetings Port Au Prince
Day 6 (1/19)
Meetings in Jacmel
Day 7 (1/20)
Meetings in Jeremie
Day 8 (1/21)
Return to Port Au Prince
Day 9 (1/22)
Group Flight to Miami
* Activities may be modified