Moving to Haiti

January 24, 2009 17:111 commentViews: 52

Haiti holds a beautiful place in the Caribbean, sharing the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. The clear blue waters that surround the island and the lush sea life that lives under the surface attract all kinds of people to the shores of Haiti. The unique, deeply rooted French Creole culture is a fundamental part of Haiti and is greatly appealing. Moving to Haiti would allow someone to experience such a distinct culture first hand.

As naturally bewitching as Haiti’s appearance is, it is important to note the poverty that is a serious problem in the country. Any foreign person looking to become a resident of Haiti will need to acquire employment through an international company that is investing in Haiti and has work there, since agriculture employs 66 percent of the country’s work force, yet this area of the economy only makes up about 30 percent of the GDP. Haiti relies on foreign aid to comprise 30 to 40 percent of its economy, meaning job growth within the country is nearly impossible and has not really occurred within the past ten years.

Aid work would be the most realistic option for someone looking to relocate to Haiti. Educating the population on proper health care, boosting the education system so that national literacy can increase from 52.9 percent, and helping families develop more methods of sustainable living. While this work would not be fiscally rewarding, the personal benefits in the form of growth and compassion are immense. Working personally with the people of Haiti is the perfect way to really understand the culture and structure of the country.

Restoring some of Haiti’s natural beauty would be another worthwhile work option. With only about 2 percent of its original forestland still intact, planting trees and trying to bring back the health of the soil would be immensely beneficial to the long term improvement of Haiti and its economy. Engaging in these jobs and projects to aid in Haiti’s development is a reasonable choice for many international people who wish to live and work in Haiti since the exchange rate favors them heavily as one U.S. dollar is exchanged for 41 Haitian Gourde.

Working one on one with the Haitian people would also be an opportunity for non-French speakers to acquire new language skills. Being immersed in the Creole culture would push foreigners to work on French in order to communicate with the people they are helping. Haiti is already a beautiful place, but with the help of others it can be raised to a better and more sustainable level.

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