Don't read ANY more if you aren't ready to have your heart melt and fall in love with these cute kids at the Haitian orphanage! They will make you want to pack your suitcase and hop on a plane ASAP.
Haiti is one of International Language Program's (ILP) 10 countries you can volunteer in and is one of our Humanitarian programs. Haiti is unique in many ways, one of the biggest being how well you get to know the kids you are teaching. During your semester abroad with ILP you will be teaching English to kids who live in an orphanage, and you will live in the same compound with them! That means you will get to spend more time with them and build strong relationships with them. It's like a big family there.
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Abby, who is in Haiti right now (jealous!!) sent us pictures of some of the kids she is teaching and a little bit about them. Again, be ready for an overload of CUTE!
"Amox is an active little 6 year old who loves dance parties and laughing. He is soft spoken until he warms up to you, then he is rambunctious and crazy! He loves to eat "sweets" and join in on whatever game the other kids are playing. Amox is as moody as a teenage girl and you definitely have to earn your love with Amox, but once you've earned it, his cuddly hugs, sweet cheek kisses, and contagious smile will melt your heart!"
"Wilmy is 9 and I don't think there is a soul who could not just love Wilmy. He is very attentive in class and has been one of the quickest learners, using English in and out of class. After just a few weeks of English classes, he is now able to communicate pretty well with each volunteer. Wilmy is also the peacemaker in the orphanage and always willing to help out. He is very patient with the other kids. His laugh is my favorite. Wilmy loves bubbles, playing any sport, and reading stories. Wilmy is the kindest and most easy-going kid. "
"Luckson is 11 and is a natural leader. He is shy at first, but once you get to know him, you feel like he's your little brother. He loves to joke around and tends to come off as tough (just like any pre-teen), but when it comes down to it, he has a heart of gold, which you see especially when he interacts with his younger siblings, Berline (Judeline) and Ecclesiastes. Luckson once caught a dragonfly and went to his room for a few minutes and came out with the dragonfly tied to a string... so creative! Luckson also LOVES soccer and has started to enjoy playing volleyball... really he loves anything with a ball. He may not be the biggest fan of dance parties, but ask him to do the Macarena and isn't afraid to shake his hips!!"
Click the button below to learn more about the opportunities you have as you volunteer in Haiti! Learning more about the program will help you decide which is best for you and then make sure to read these tips while you prepare for your semester abroad!