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Haiti Empowerment Project

Program Highlights


Spring Break 2015: March 14 - 22, 2015


OSU Sponsored




Les Cayes

Partner Institution

Haiti Empowerment Project

Academic Credit

Education Policy and Leadership

Application Deadline

Date: October 15, 2014
Term: 1152


Open to all majors;
Good academic standing;
Satisfactory progress in the SP15 on-campus class;
Academic recommendation required;
Interview may be required

Program Costs

OSU tuition + $3,052 program fee (see the "program costs" section for details)

Contact Information

Leslie Callihan (.23)

Resident Directors

Dr. Terri Bucci
Mathematics Education


For the past six years Professor Terri Bucci from the Ohio State Mansfield campus has lead student groups to Haiti to work with local teachers, education professionals and community leaders in multidisciplinary projects. This spring break, students will have the opportunity to travel to Haiti and collaborate with local community members and university students. Likely projects will be developing primary education instruction, installing solar panels in schools (or other engineering related tasks), creating community organizations and assisting entrepreneurs with financing new business. The required spring semester pre-departure course will address issues from poverty to empowerment. Upon return to campus, students will continue to reflect on their first hand-experience and will participate in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.


Students will be based out of the coastal city of Les Cayes and also travel to Croix-des-Bouquets and other cities in Haiti.

Courses and Credits

Admitted participants are required to register for 3 credits of ESHESA 2577 and EDUCST 5798.02 (1 credit) for Spring term 2015. The EDUCST 5798.02 will be earned during spring break travel.


Students will reside at a guest house operated by the host organization. Sleeping quarters are gender-specific and dormitory-style with one full bathroom for each gender group. Students will eat group meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) prepared by the host. The host will provide an ample supply of safe, clean potable water.

The host will conduct a formal orientation upon arrival in Les Cayes and provide information on safety, security and emergency procedures, along with the general day-to-day logistics of the visit.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,052 program fee. The program fee includes international airfare, accommodations, all meals, airport transfers, local transportation, translators and supplemental insurance. It does not cover passport fees or personal expenses.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to the student's Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if the student is not accepted or submits a written request to withdraw his/her application prior to the application deadline.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for Haiti. All participants must submit a petition acknowledging they have read the travel warning and recognize the risk involved.* The petition will be provided by your Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator and must be included as part of your acceptance materials for the program. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students can be any major, must be in good academic standing, and make satisfactory progress in the Spring 2014 pre-requisite course, an interview may be required, an academic reference is required, and students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
Haiti Empowerment Project: go.osu.edu/HaitiEmpowerment

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.