I get it. Haiti doesn’t strike many people as a bucket list destination and I’m almost certain that it’s not on your list...yet.
I remember prepping for my first trip. I didn’t know what to expect and I was traveling with incredible people who were in the same situation as I was. We were leaving the United States with an open mind, excitement and scattered nerves for what Haiti held for us.
Since this day in 2016, these countless trips have continued to inspire and impact my life, each trip more so than the last.
Through our Allmade Adventures to Haiti, we strive to provide a memorable and breathtaking opportunity for our travelers to experience every aspect of this beautiful country.
Your trip will commence when stepping off the plane and feeling the warmth around you. Upon packing into our shuttle, you will be greeted by many travelers like yourself and a handful of locals who will join you on your journey. As we drive you through the streets of Port-au-Prince, you will be reminded of just how lucky we are in the US. You will see beautiful people full of love. Tropical foliage, flowers and locally grown produce. Hard working humans earning pennies while trying to provide for their families. You will see living conditions that you may not have known existed. It will be impossible to put on your blinders, so we encourage you to embrace everything you are seeing around you and allow it to impact your life from that moment on.
You will experience how Allmade t-shirts are made and what living wage labor looks like. We will proudly show you the working conditions that our employees experience daily and the tools and benefits that we strive to provide.
We will take you to the Transition Academy to see how we are supporting youth education in an effort to prepare them for what’s ahead through helping them learn a trade and set goals. We hope that this training will motivate them to strive for a different future than what they know.
Local Haitians will display their awe-inspiring artisan creations that have been handcrafted using the minimal material and scraps available to them.
Haitian cuisine, tropical smoothies, sugar cane Coca Cola and ice cold Prestige brews will be indulged every opportunity we get.
Communities of children will warmly welcome you into their arms of love. Children who have been separated from their families and whose parents are still living but cannot afford to care for them. Creating living wage jobs and keeping families together is what motivates us at Allmade. This is what it’s all about. With your help, we can break this cycle.
A full day adventure will be enjoyed, which may include touring a banana or bamboo farm, visiting historical sites and museums, soaking up the sun on a tropical caribbean beach or hiking to the top of a mountain. Seeing the beauty that this country has to offer can help build tourist interest with hopes to help rebuild their economy.
The best stories come from those who have traveled and shared these experiences with us.
“What happened on that trip I'll never be able to explain to anyone, but what I can tell you is that by the end of that trip, my home stopped being where my house was located and my work was no longer my identity. Now I call the arms of an orphan home, and serving the "lowest" among society is what I take the greatest joy from. My newfound identity is in the arms of the kids who sleep in slums but live and lead a life of endless love I never knew existed” -- Tyler
“I will always remember every person that came on this trip. We started of as total strangers and left us close. Personally I think we were all connected in one vision one vision of love and service to others. They were a blessing for me to be part of this team that they will be part of my memories that I will remember forever” -- Damaris
“I don’t know what else to express other than I am changed. I feel like I was 'plucked up' unexpectedly and cracked open. Reframed. Repurposed because of a T-shirt company, and a beautiful country of beautiful people, and a dream much bigger than the ones I had before. I embrace the chaos that tries to overtake me. I try with every ounce of my spirit to dignify others the way I witnessed it in Haiti. A massive wall in my life and my heart has been knocked down, and I now stand on the other side of it with new purpose. I will never forget this, and all of the people I was fortunate enough to experience it with. The best part? This was just Haiti. We still have the world to change, and I think in a valuable way, we can begin to redirect it, to make it better” -- Seth
“The duality of Haiti is a phenomenon I’ll never forget. Traveling through Haiti means frequently witnessing beauty and chaos occupying the same space.
The people of Haiti radiate strength and dignity as they walk down a street that still shows unmistakable signs of devastation by way of natural disaster” -- Patrick
“Haiti has an extraordinary way of flooding my heart with love, from the people, to the surrounding mountains, the beautiful art that is on every square inch of wall, tap tap, marketplace and human being. This incredible country won my heart from day one and will always be a place I call home” -- Ashley
“We went on an unusual journey together, centered on what’s inside of a simple everyday product: a t-shirt. But “we” were not typical business people on a typical business trip. “We” were an eclectic group of ragamuffins, misfits, and disruptors, on a journey to discover how to change the world for the better.
We left one place, the wealthiest nation in the world, a place where suffering should be minimal, a place where community should be the strongest, a place loaded with extraordinary opportunity that should ease anxiety.
We went to another place, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, a place where suffering is a way of life, a place where community should be obliterated beneath the pressure, a place desperate – starving – for opportunity that should heighten anxiety to frantic levels.
It’s in the high place where we are divided, anxious, and often miserable. We are torn apart by race, age, gender, culture, socio-economic status, and by about every other identity label one could possibly think-up. We face pressure to find people and things to hate. And it’s in the low place – where communities rally to care for each other, where workers smile sewing dignity into every stitch, where children who have “lost it all” sing thanksgiving into the night air – where we are united. United by love, purpose, and possibility” -- Joe
Together we can break the cycle. Tear down walls. Love selflessly. Create change. Make it better. Together, we can change lives.
I encourage you to add Haiti to your bucket list and join us on our next trip!