Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The pretty colours are a mask for the challenges facing the Jalousie slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The neighbourhood of 50,000 sits on a secondary fault line and is without any water or sanitation system. (Chuck Bigger)
Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
Are you planning to go on a mission trip? Things may not always be as they seem. Having gone on a number of mission trips and adopted internationally, I have some tips to share before you head overseas.
Forget everything you think you know about Haiti, and disregard any disturbing images you may have seen in the news. This resilient Caribbean nation is ready for curious, open-minded travelers to once again experience its vibrant Creole culture and stunning natural beauty.