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A 'To Do' List For Your Adventure In Haiti

Posted by Auvi Evans on 8/22/17 7:40 AM


We LOVE Haiti! While volunteering here your biggest focus will be on humanitarian service...but you're in the Caribbean after all so here's some fun things to add to your 'to do' list.

  • Ride Horses To The Citadelle
  • Eat A Haitian Patty
  • Swim At The Northern Beaches
  • Eat ALL The Fruit
  • Snorkel In Les Cayes
  • Have A Dance Party With Your Kids
  • Visit The Saut-d'Eau Waterfall 

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Ride Horses To The Citadelle


The Citadelle is a fortress on top of a mountain in Cap-Haitien in northern Haiti. You can hike to the top - but why hike when you can ride a horse?!

Once you get to the top the views are seriously amazing. Everything is so green and it feels like a fairy tale. You can explore The Citadelle and you’ll be blown away by its age and beauty.  Click here to learn more about The Citadelle and see even more reasons why you should visit… 

Eat A Haitian Patty

Eat a Haitian Patty or a million… These simple pastries are full of savory (usually meat) fillings and are pretty addicting. You will find these often throughout Haiti, but make sure you try them early on so you don’t miss out on their deliciousness. You’ll miss them when you’re home so eat them while you can!

Have A Swim Day At The Coast


Haiti is so well known for it's deep poverty that sometimes we forget it's a beautiful Caribbean island. Crystal blue water and lush green plants surrounding you as you swim here. After you check out the Citadelle in Cap-Haitien, jump over the beaches along the coast. There's so many areas to enjoy the beach life up here.

Eat ALL The Fruit

The street vendors and markets have the yummiest fruit for you, so make sure to try it all! It’s fresh and cheap. You will likely see fruit you’ve never seen before and maybe even find a new favorite.

Snorkel in Les Cayes

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Want a beach with less crowds? Head southwest for Les Cayes. This area is really tropical and the perfect place to spend some relaxing time for one of your vacations. Rent some snorkel gear and go out and explore. You’ll love what you see!

Have A Dance Party With Your Kids

The most unique thing about Haiti compared to other ILP locations is that you are actually living in the same compound as many of your students. The students in Haiti are orphans, so they live in the same housing area as ILP volunteers. Living with them means you're going to see them way more than the typical 20 volunteer teaching hours per week.

Use that time to get to know them. Guess what? They love a good dance party before heading to bed. Grab your ILP group, turn up that music and watch their hilarious and insanely cute dance moves. Take note because they're probably better dancers than you. For reals.

Visit The Saut-d’Eau Watefall


This has been a favorite for ILP volunteers and we can see why. Hike around and explore this gorgeous waterfall and its refreshing water. The area around you is refreshing with the Haitian heat and feels unreal. Holy cow, Haiti is pretty and you will really get a taste of that here.


Haiti is one of ILP's humanitarian programs, meaning if your reason for wanting to volunteer is mostly for the service and the kids, this program is right up your alley. During your semester living abroad you will make a difference in the kid's lives and truly have an impact on them and their future by providing them with a priceless education that they wouldn't be able to receive otherwise. Click the button below to learn more about why volunteering Haiti is so special!

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