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A group of students from Calvert Hall traveled to Haiti over their spring break to run a camp with the students of the Good Samaritans school. Here are some of their personal reflections on their trip!

Haiti is not like the commercials on television, and the people aren’t dragging their feet around looking forlorn all day. The people here are living their everyday life happily. The poverty is as bad as I imagined, but the people are different than what I had thought. They are friendly and constantly busy. The children here aren’t always dirty and sad, they are well dressed and motivated to learn. They immediately open up to you and cling to your side as if they have known you for a lifetime. The instant trust they had with me was a new experience and their loving behavior is unlike any child I have met before…Today was exhausting, yet I feel fulfilled and spiritually energized to continue making each moment count for these children. I cannot imagine spending my spring break any other way, and being here will be a memory I will never forget.

-Tom G. ’17

Haiti is the most interesting place I have ever been to. The children have welcomed us with open arms. They come to us with innocent and unbiased opinions, and they see us as just fellow humans…I have also noticed the spirit of the Haitian people. When we walked through the town of Saint Marc, we received many stares and I assumed that the people did not appreciate our presence because we were outsiders. However, they were just curious and a little confused about us being there. Instead of staring back at them, I began saying “Bonjou!” When I did this they would get a great smile on their face and say it back.

-Brian ‘17

I taught the kids a handshake and we used it throughout the day and they loved it. It’s amazing to see how fun and how accepting these kids are of us. It makes me feel very comfortable with them. I can truly be goofy with them

-Jake C

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Today we taught them new games along with arts and crafts, and tomorrow we will continue to improve their English. They seem to have learned a lot of fun things from us, and we are also learning things from them. They have taught us some of their hand and foot games and handshakes. But most of all, they have really made me appreciate the little things and to find joy out of everything I can. I enjoy watching as the children run around outside doing nothing but using their endless energy.

-Cruz ‘16

Just 15 minutes outside the busy town of Saint Marc is the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen. The nourished land which consisted of palm trees, banana trees, miles of rice plants and many other crops all backed by beautiful mountains allowed me to clearly see God in this impoverished country. I’ve realized that God’s work isn’t hard to find if you know what you’re looking for. Not only have I seen it in the landscape but I’ve also found it in the hearts of the children. The simple minded nature from which their happiness is sprouted from has put everything in perspective for me. The joy they receive from simple things like a game of soccer or taking a picture is awe-inspiring. It has allowed me to clearly understand how grateful I am and their happiness has encouraged me to incorporate certain aspects of their simplicity into my own life.
– Brian K. ’16

Being here in Haiti has changed the way I view my life and has made me realize my ability to impact people’s lives through the constant love I express to them.

Sam G. ’17

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As we start to wrap up the trip, I’ve tried to remember everything that I’ve seen, heard, and even smelled. There have been certain things I’ve seen that have made me pretty disheartened, including kids sleeping on nothing but cardboard, raw sewage flowing down the street, and an entire river filled to the brim with trash. However, through all of these negatives, there are just as many positives. The people here have a certain charisma to them that you wouldn’t expect from people living in circumstances like that, especially the kids. Some of them have to walk alone for miles from some of the poorest areas just to come to camp, yet they still come enthused and ready to learn. They’ll accept you regardless of your language, nationality, or age. The people of Haiti as a whole pass that same energy, and it’ll be really hard to leave tomorrow morning.

– Malcolm F.

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