Haiti: Water, Environmental Issues, and Service Learning

*Please note:  This program will not run for Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.

DESCHAPELLES, HAITI - This unique program will allow students from all disciplines to contribute their energy and ideas to solve real-world problems in Haiti. It will create a collaborative environment so that different majors can contribute their unique perspectives and skills. Service learning placements will be tailored to the interests of the participants. 

Students will get to experience Haitian culture and gain an understanding of daily life in rural Haiti. Though Haiti is known for its complex social, environmental, economic, and cultural issues, the Haitian people show great resilience and optimism in the face of these challenges. On this program, students will participate in service learning, field trips, group activities and discussions surrounding the topics of water, Haitian culture, the environment, and other complex issues.

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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

(4 weeks)




Students will register for a total of 6 credits: 

HNR 280: World Water Issues (3 credits)

         And any one of these two course:

GEO 360: Earth Resources in Transition – Conventional to Sustainable (3 credits)


HNR 311: Junior Seminar (3 credits)

Independent study credit available for non-Honors students

XXX 399: Independent Study (3 credits) 

*Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives. Completely fulfills General Education Issues requirement for Non-Honors students only if they take HNR 280 and GEO 360
*Reflection required

Language of Instruction: English


Students will stay in a guest house and lodge.

Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $3,986


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Housing
  • All meals
  • All excursions and fees
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • Tuition ($3,396)
  • Passport/visa ($150)
  • Personal expenses ($150)
  • Vaccinations ($100)
  • Anti-malaria medication ($100)
  • ISIC card ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $7,920


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.


To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Open to ALL majors.

2.0 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

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