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Cultural Immersion

A Cultural Exchange Experience

The Matènwa Community Learning Center organizes ecotours for travellers who want to have a cultural experience in the Haitian countryside. Ecotours consist of living with a host family in the community of Matènwa from one week to one month. A longer creole language immersion program is also available. You can experience a variety of things here depending on your personal interests.
Some daily life activities are:


how to make peanut butter,

how to make Haitian coffeee,

how to make cassava,

a swim at Kaliko swimming hole,

a hike to a bat cave,


a hike to the market,
and various mountain villages.

Matènwa is situated in the remote mountains of Lagonav, a Haitian island in the bay of Port Au Prince. This mountanous 10 mile by 47 mile island is home to 110,000 people. It is very rustic, having no public electricity nor running water.
Most people travel on foot or by donkey.
The skies are brilliant, like an ever changing canvas.

The weekly fee covers room, board, and daily life activities. English speaking guides are extra. This program was created to generate income for the Matènwa Community Learning Center as well as your host family. Individuals, couples, and families are welcome. For more information call 001 617 543 8844 or email  matenwa1@gmail.com.

Read Mariam Higgin’s blog about her and her two teenage children’s 3 week visit in Matènwa.

Read Max’s blog and get a teen’s view of his 3 week visit in Matènwa.

Visit Lauren Mueller’s collection here. This collection documents her recent trip to Haiti with members of the Fayerweather Street School.

Read Ridge Olivieri’s cultural immersion on his blogspot.

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