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The Haiti Compact: Higher Ed With Haiti

The Haiti Compact

The Alternative Breaks (AB) program at the University of Maryland is a founding member of the Haiti Compact: Higher Ed with Haiti ( along with Break Away (the national Alternative Breaks organization) and four other universities (American University, the College of William and Mary, Eastern Michigan Univeristy, and Loyola Marymount University). The primary goal of the Haiti Compact is to engage U.S. campuses in effective, responsible, and sustainable service work in and for post-earthquake Haiti through 2018, ensuring consistent and mutually beneficial support. The University of Maryland’s commitment to Haiti includes an AB trip to Haiti combined with strong on-campus advocacy and academic engagement.

The Haiti Compact began with an exploratory visit to Haiti in June 2010. Since then, all member institutions have continuously been engaged in work with Haitian communities and organizations. Details of what the Haiti Compact has been working on can be found on the Haiti Compact website.

As a result of the work with the Haiti Compact, the AB program takes an annual trip to Haiti in January.

Mountains Beyond Mountains: Amplifying Voices through Advocacy in Haiti
January 11-21, 2018 
Cost: $1500 (estimated)

About the experience:

This is the sixth experience of the University of Maryland AB program to Haiti in response to the 2010 earthquake and continued challenges with international aid, foreign policy and post-disaster rebuilding. The team partners with Minor in International Development and Conflict Management program at UMD to enhance the educational and learning experience before and after the trip. In Haiti, we partner with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide organization that addresses poverty, oppression and injustice and their systematic causes. They have been active in Haiti for decades and more recently working on post earthquake relief. Themes we explore include disaster relief, human rights, peace-building, economic recovery and education.

Application Information

The Alternative Breaks trip to Haiti will only be accepting 6 students to participate in the trip. Because of the selective nature of the trip, we encourage all participants applying for the Haiti trip to consider our other 27 winter, spring and summer trips. 

The application process is as follows:

  • Participant applications due October 1st
  • 15-25 people will be invited for interviews with the trip leaders the following week
  • Six applicants will then be selected and notified about their participation during the first week of October
  • All other applicants will be considered for all other Alternative Break trips if not selected
  • Haiti team participants will be expected to attend weekly meetings from October through December