PROGRAMS WE OFFER

PROGRAMS WE OFFER

DAY PROGRAMS:

SAMPLE ITINERARIES:

Pink Day Program

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1-2 WEEK PROGRAMS

Choose from our sampler menu of options of experiences: A to Z and all you can imagine!

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INTERNSHIPS:

INTERNSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN STAYING AN EXTENDED TIME TO LEARN MORE IN DEPTH THE CULTURE AND THE LANGUAGE. LODGING CAN BE TO LIVE AT THE N A SONJE CENTER OR THEIR LOCAL PARTNERS IN EXCHANGE INTERNS OFFER A VARIETY OF TALENTS TO THE COMMUNITY SUCH AS ENGLISH CLASSES, WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES, OR JUST SHARING ANY SKILL, KNOWLEDGE, ART OR TECHNOLOGY WITH THE COMMUNITY IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED!

18 Daniel and Broncos hat 19 Meg Sara drapo 20 Courtney Aletha TK 21 Bahare's veves

THEATER PRESENTATION “3 INNOCENTS AND A SPIRIT”

Historical Drama Trailer (performed at the N a Sonje Foundation Center, Pernier, Haiti, April 27, 2014)

The theatrical team of N a Sonje presents this drama to groups that come to visit with N a Sonje at their center depending on time and circumstances of each group as requested. The team is ready to go anywhere whether national or internationally to bring this message

22 Theater cast Le Villate

The N a Sonje Foundation presents “3 Innocents and a spirit”, a historical drama depicting the interactions of the peoples from the Americas, Europe, and Africa from before the time of Christopher Columbus, and the cultural, social political ecological and economic crises that developed as a result. The cast always engages in post-production discussion, creating an open forum for ideas and solutions that can help towards the healing of our fractured societies.

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“3 Innocents and a spirit” is performed by a team of Haitian men and women representing the native American and African cultures, respectively, and an American woman representing the European culture. Dressed in symbolic costumes, the actors weave together mime, interactive participation, authentic historical texts and music to demonstrate the progression and effect of historical events.

The play exposes the destruction and acculturation of the Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans through the transatlantic slave trade, which resulted in a transfer of wealth and natural resources to Europe. Near the end of the drama the Native American, European, and African characters experience a transformational awakening through which they realize their physical and spiritual losses, as well as their mutual need for one another. The three characters and the rest of the cast, offer each other gestures of compassion and forgiveness, ultimately recognizing the need for healing, reconciliation and reparations.

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This drama is a theatrically stylized and portrays in simple form the lives of the native peoples of 3 continents and their mutual history, thereby condensing and combining easily recognized symbols, a true theatrical challenge, for 700 years to be contained in 47 minutes!

“3 Innocents” is performed to an original soundtrack with only three narrative texts but since the actions are mimed to the music and sound effects of these well-known historical events, our memories fill in the rest.

The N a Sonje Foundation is ready to perform at high schools, colleges, universities, churches, and organizations, as well as with local and national media about Haiti and its special role in this historical context for any touring possibilities either in Haiti or outside!

Group Trips

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According to your groupʼs interests, times and budget constraints, dates and needs, we can custom design full experiences from airport pick-up to airport drop-off. NSF focuses on the respectful and meaningful relationships right from your first foot fall to your last and in all areas of Haitian life. NSF will provide you with a detailed spreadsheet with itinerary and budget before you arrive.

Learn more about what you can expect on your trip with N a Sonje

If you already have an itinerary but would like to have guided accompaniment with translation services NSF can provide this as well.

1. UniversityExchanges “AlternativeBreak” Trips

A semester, a month, a week of credit, or extra credit with a college or university continues to be a favorite of NFSʼs. Activities are customized for the academic focus of the group or individuals that can include lectures and experiences arranged with Haitian and other experts in areas such as agriculture, culture, development, economics, environment, health, history, law, politics, religion and vodou, science, womenʼs issues, et.

*For religion majors and other interested participants: NSF highly recommends Djalòkiʼs specialty in explaining Haitian vodou for the western mind through a Skype conference before arriving. NSF can design experiences that are positive and educational for personal or academic research and study.

2. Young Adult “Twinning” Experiences

3. Theological Journalist/Researcher Trip

NSF staff has had vast experiences with a diverse group of journalists, documentary makers, researchers and doctoral candidates. Over the years, NBC, CBC, BBC among other international documentary makers have used our services. NPR journalist Gerry Hadden writes about his experiences that involve Carla and her husband Ron in his adventures with “fixers” during his first assignments in Haiti. For the real thing read his book: “Never the Hope itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti”. (Weʼre mentioned right at the beginning!)

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Contact us about booking your trip to Haiti today!

WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR VISIT TO HAITI

Lodging at the N a Sonje Foundation:

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The N a Sonje Foundation lodging facilities includes a mountain guesthouse and the Bluntschli home in a semi-confined compound just outside of Port-au-Prince which is used for guests who participate in the Foundationʼs activities since March 2003. It is located in the center of a semi-rural Haitian community called “Gwo Jan” (meaning in the greater land holdings of the Jean family), a rural section of Pernier, a township of Petion-ville. It has rustic dormitory-style rooms (a separate couples room can be made up), 3 family-style Haitian meals, 24 hour natural spring water for bathing, filtered water for drinking and indoor latrines or the composting toilet at the Bluntschli home.

N a Sonje also can help make connections to a variety of other lodging locations ranging from:

Famous hotels
Dormitory style guesthouses Bed and breakfast homes
City or village family homestays

Transportation choices range from:

Hired vans and buses for any group size or a rental 4×4 vehicles are available as well.

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For those who like the exhilarating motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic but watch out for drivers during carnival (just kidding)! Public vehicles, tap-taps, and rickety taxis at normal fares or hired prices are available as well as horses, mules and/or donkeys!

-30a Indian carnival jacmel       31 Kate and donkey

“First Look” Tour

Here’s a poignant proverb on the back of a public truck: “Diarrahea doesnʼt know anything about beautiful panties”. You can learn a lot just from the first look on the streets!

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One of N a Sonjeʼs mission is to take you from the insides of the artificial confines of airplanes and airports where you were whisked from your reality into the realities of Ayiti as quickly as possible. Remembering that hours of air travel cannot prepare you for the bewildering sights, smells and sounds of Ayiti that are already inculcated by negative propaganda with uninvited judgments by mass media but that can be rapidly transformed by this initial and intentional encounter immediately from the airport. By offering a moment of reflection and then diving into the streets through this vehicular tour we hope this first moment will also allow you to express your greetings, in a virtual manner, of arrival towards the people who now share a closer proximity to you and realize just how your own history is intimately intertwined with Ayiti.

Historical immersion:

One of the passions of our work is to immerse you into the intersecting of all of our histories that come together on this land. As time allows, we will guide you through a virtual tour of the “Memory Village” at the center.

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What are the lessons in every day Haitian etiquette that will quickly assure you and your Haitian hosts as you visit, work and learn during your stay in Haiti of, at the very least, a beginning understanding of culturally acceptable behavior? Making this first step is already an act of respect that will be greatly appreciated by the country and its people. The rustic chalkboard under our “choukoun” or straw roofed classroom shows the lesson from the proverb: “cooked food has no owner”.

N a Sonje Foundation has developed lessons both in Haitian Creole and Haitian Culture that will allow you to immerse yourself into the people and the country through its language, traditions and customs that will help prevent unintentional cultural mistakes during your time in “Ayiti”. N a Sonje will be honored to accompany you on that road through immersion experiences designed for the length of time you can take, from one afternoon to several days or seeks, depending on intention and time constraints.

NSFʼs unique Creole language method makes sentence structure simple, especially for English speakers and is a quick way of grasping the language for conversational level speaking.

Another easy method to tap into from our co-founder, Djalòki and Mike Little: https://quizlet.com/Mikelittle007/folders/survival-kreyol

Introduction to Vodou

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Vodou, a subject full of misunderstanding and confusion. We are able set up presentations by Haitian practioners and experts about the history, the ancient concepts, description and explanations of vodou and its place in Haitian society. Depending on interest and availability, services already planned can be attended or custom services can be arranged locally.

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