Day 1: Port-au-Prince
Le Plaza Hotel
After landing at Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, you will be picked up and transported to the Le Plaza Hotel in Haiti.
At this time you will have the opportunity to meet the rest of the group, receive an overview of Haiti and relax from your journey. Depending on what time your flight arrives, we can arrange for a tour of downtown Port-au-Prince in the afternoon. The hotel also has a lovely, verdant central courtyard and pool if you want to take it easy this first afternoon. You will have the chance to experience downtown Port-au-Prince and end the evening at the Oloffson Hotel, immortalized in literature by The Comedians, a novel by Graham Greene.
Day 2: Port-au-Prince
Le Plaza Hotel
Today spend a full day touring Port-au-Prince with a guide learning about the history, art and culture of both the city and Haiti. In the morning, visit the national museum, the Champ des Mars, and the Iron Market. After lunch you will go to Croix des Bouquets - a village outside of Port-au-Prince known for its artisanry, especially in metalwork. Here you will have the chance to support Haiti’s local economy and bring home souvenirs for your family and friends.
Day 3: Port-au-Prince to Ile-a-Vache
Today you will travel to Ile a Vache via land and a 35-minute motorboat ride to the island, in all about a five-hour journey. You will receive an orientation about the volunteer project you will be participating in to help the Edem Foundation. This afternoon is free to settle in and enjoy the breathtaking beaches the island has to offer.
Village Vacances is a very basic, charming, Haitian style hotel located right on the water on Ile-a-Vache. Locals live on either side of the property and the hotel serves a something of a community center, helping you to jump right into life on the island. The food is also amazing and features lots of fresh seafood caught right offshore. Of course, however, they can also accommodate any dietary restrictions.
You will have the chance to spend the evening relaxing with new friends.
Day 4, Monday: Ile-a-Vache
Today you will begin your volunteer work and start getting a real sense of the community in Haiti.
Days 5-7, Tuesday-Thursday: Ile-a-Vache
Volunteer work continues through the week. Each evening ends with downtime on the beach and activities with the kids that will benefit from your work.
Day 8, Friday: Ile-a-Vache
By Day 7 you will see the results of your labor! At the end of this day, the volunteer portion of your journey is done.
Day 9, Saturday: Ile-a-Vache to Port-au-Prince
Le Plaza Hotel
This morning is free time to soak up the island before your return to the mainland. Lounge on the beach, visit the local villages, or go into the centre-ville. After lunch, a boat will take you back Les Cayes where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Port au Prince.
Day 10, Sunday: Port-au-Prince (departure)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight out after an amazing and intense experience in Haiti!