Peacekeeping Field Experience in Haiti
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 2019 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, takes place abroad during the Winter term but the credits are applied to your Spring semester course load.
- ITRN 702: Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy: Study Abroad
This program is open to all graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University
Winter 2017: $4650
Winter 2019: Coming soon!
- Tuition (3-credits)
- 1st night accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Miami Airport Hotel with pre-trip introductory briefing 4 start accommodation in Haiti
- Round-trip airfare from Miami to Port Au Prince including fuel surcharges & taxes
- All land transportation,
- Transfers & porterage in Haiti
- International Emergency Insurance
- Passport fees
- Transportation to Miami
- Some meals
- Expenditure for items of a personal nature
||Individual arrival in Miami, FL
||Group flight to Port Au Prince
||Class; Meetings Port Au Prince
||Meetings Port Au Prince
||Meetings Port Au Prince
||Meetings in Jacmel
||Meetings in Jeremie
||Return to Port Au Prince
||Group Flight to Miami
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed
Michal McElwain Malur
Enrique (Desmond) Arias