Environmental Studies: Science, Society, and Sustainability in Haiti

Students in the field: Environmental Studies: Science, Society, and Sustainability in Haiti

Environmental Studies Study Abroad is offered through the College of Advancing and Professional Studies and the Environmental Studies Program in the School for the Environment.

Students will visit the country of Haiti and explore the environmental and social issues occurring at and around lake Étang Saumâtre, a saltwater lake about 50 miles west of Port-au-Prince. Academic learning will be enhanced through participation in an on-going needs based service project which aims to improve the living conditions for families who live near the lake. In particular, students will work directly with a local group of concerned citizens to address a lack of clean drinking water and renewable energy in the area through installing a safe drinking water well and a solar powered lighting infrastructure.

In addition to participating in a service learning project students will tour and explore various regions of Haiti to see (and learn) firsthand how Haiti has been impacted significantly by natural and environmental disturbances caused by humans. In preparation for travel during Spring Break, and as part of the course, instruction will also take place online throughout the Spring semester; this type of blended learning will allow for a completely immersive experience in which students will not only gain knowledge but also contribute to real-world problem solving.

  • Students will partake in a civic engagement/service learning project(s) of solar power infrastructure installment and a drinking water infrastructure project

  • Students will gain personal and social responsibility through civic knowledge and engagement, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning and action, and foundations and skills for lifelong learning.

  • Students will gain knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world through the study of sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts.

  • Students will gain intellectual and practical skills such as inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative and information literacy, and teamwork and problem solving.

  • Students will maintain a journal during the trip and will write a reflection paper on their experience.


Successful participants will be awarded three upper-level credits for ENVSTY 395L/ENVSCI 395L
Immersive Field Trip: Exploring Individuals, Societies, and Natural Systems.


Alan D. Christian
Director, Environmental Studies Program
University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA

Emmanis Dorval
Adjunct Faculty, School for the Environment
University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA


Please be advised that international programs are subject to change, slight or major, at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.


This program will be offered Spring 2017.
Program runs:
Online: Begins February 6, 2017 Travel: March 11- 19, 2017

$2,399 with a minimum of 10 participants; if less than 10, a surcharge will apply.

The program fee will include lodging, all meals, ground transportation, and materials for the solar infrastructure project. Group airfare will be required but students must book this independently, airfare may cost anywhere from $300-$600.

Application Deadline:
January 13, 2017

To apply please download the application here. Your application will be reviewed by the deadline date, if accepted into the program our office will register students by January 30, 2017. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.

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For program information, please contact:

Jennifer Goode-Sollis

For academic information, please contact:

Alan D Christian