Sunday, August 10, 2014

Teaching at a new Haitian university - UCCC

In May I returned to the Central Plateau of Haiti for a week to guest lecture at a relatively new university, UNIVERSITÉ DE LA COMMUNAUTÉ CHRÉTIENNE DE CAÏMAN (UCCC) which is about 8 miles from Pignon.  UCCC is run by United Christians International which my friends JeanJean and Kristie run.  My first 5 years of going to Haiti were to teach ecology in the community around UCI.  Now they have a university!  Students major in agronomy, education, or theology.  

In addition to discussing with the university students about how ecology is important to these fields of study, I also taught in the UCI primary school and surrounding schools.  My bird guide Louiders joined me and took over teaching the primary school classes (see this post for his ecotours).  Kristen, Nate, and Kendon from my church joined me to teach first aid and Bible studies.

This fall I will return to UCCC to teach ecology.  I will be raising support through Global Scholars.  Stay tuned for a post about this academic organization that helps professors go overseas to teach.