Haiti: Water, Environmental Issues, and Service Learning (2020 Program)

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All Majors

Please note - This program will next be offered in Spring/Summer 2020


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.

For more information, sign up on our contact list: https://goo.gl/forms/nxhXa5RAVWINJdxm1

Haiti program FAQs

When can I go?

May 20—June 19, 2018 (4 weeks)

Where will I live?

Students will stay in a guest house and lodge.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all majors, but does require a minimum 2.0 GPA.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information. 

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits: 

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

HNR 280: World Water Issues (3 credits) AND 

HNR 311: Junior Seminar (3 credits)

Independent study credit available for non-Honors students

XXX 399: Independent Study (3 credits) 

Language of instruction: English

Honors Guide to Study Abroad

Course Information

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,425

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Housing
  • All meals
  • All excursions and fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • Tuition ($3,150)
  • Passport/visa ($150)
  • Personal expenses ($150)
  • Vaccinations ($100)
  • Anti-malaria medication ($100)
  • ISIC card ($28)

Total Estimated Cost: $8,103

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu 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. 

Financial Aid FAQs


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.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director: 
Peter Wampler
Geology Department
218A Padnos Hall of Science



All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.