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A Caribbean country that shares an island with the Dominican Republic

Haiti is a country that has had its fair share of disasters – both natural and man-made – yet has managed to retain a certain charm and an undeniable natural beauty. Haiti is most certainly not the most comfortable of destinations, but it can be the most worthwhile.
Haiti offers visitors exactly what you would expect from a tropical island: sleepy little towns, relaxing beaches, busy markets and historic forts. This tropical nation has an abundance of fruit and speciality dishes incorporating unusual meats like goat. Seafood is also an obvious choice and let’s not forget the national drink: Haitian rum.
On the downside, Haiti is a poor country with high illiteracy and unemployment rates and it can be difficult to experience the poverty of the country. Haiti has had a turbulent history and environmental instability, which has resulted in devastation and destruction. It is not uncommon to experience flooding, earthquakes, droughts and hurricanes, with the most severe storms usually occurring in June to November. There are, of course, areas on the island which are more prosperous and often visitors won’t leave the relative safety and comfort of these areas.
The tourism industry is bouncing back slowly, though, to enjoy the mountainous beauty of the island and the wonderful beaches and the quaint towns. Haiti is sure to emerge again as a top tourist destination.

 

Teaching Opportunities

Formerly known as Hayti and now going by the official name of the Republic of Haiti. The country was “discovered” in 1492, by the one and only Christopher Columbus who reportedly first thought he had found India or neighbouring Asian countries. The national sport in Haiti is football (soccer) and they first managed to qualify for the World Cup in 1974 their only qualification to date. Unfortunately, the national team were drawn a difficult group losing to Italy, Poland and Argentina at the time.

Haiti has huge trekking opportunities having the most mountains of any country across the Caribbean. With the Pic la Selle having the highest peak at 8,793 feet or in other words 2680 meters above sea level. To add there’s 5 National Parks across the country: La Visite National Park and Pic Macaya National Park (both established in 1983). Then there’s Grande Colline National Park establish in 2014. Lastly Deux Mamelles National Park and Grand Bois National Park both establish a year later on September 23, 2015.

Haiti interestingly has 2 official languages one being Haitian Creole and the other French.

Teaching Opportunities

As a result of the numerous recent revolutions, crises and natural disasters, there are a lot of agencies working towards rebuilding the infrastructure of this small country. This includes education, and so teaching jobs can be found all over. While there are more opportunities in the capital of Port-Au-Prince, there are also vacancies to be found in Carrefour, Delmas and Petionville. There are very few paid positions in Haiti but these can be found in local or mission schools. Most opportunities are volunteer positions (you usually don’t need a degree for these) so you will only be paid a stipend but it is worth it to be a part of the community and experience the true nature of its people.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length
    3-12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    January, June
  • Visa Info
    Work permit
  • Typical Students
    Children and adults
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    95,000-150,000 HTG
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    16,000-23,000 HTG

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