A different kind of surf trip: Sea State intern reflects on her time in Haiti

Sea State participant Morgan Owney, Haiti.

Photos & Captions by Morgan Owney

UNCW student Morgan Owney recently returned from Jacmel, Haiti, where she assisted with Sea State’s course in Engaged Global Citizenship, volunteered with the local community, and scored a few waves in between. Here’s a brief look at some highlights from Morgan’s experience, in her own words.

The couple days we were able to connect with Surf Haiti are ones that I will remember for the rest of my life. Being able to take some of the local kids surfing for the first time, and seeing the smiles on their faces and how much fun they were having is an image I will never forget.
On this particular day, we took a “tap-tap” back to Surf Haiti to help do a beach clean-up. Surf Haiti and Sea State collected around 5 large trash bags that were full of styrofoam, plastic, bottles, glass, and such.
Sea State partnered up with Devoted 2 Children (D2C) and the local schools and volunteered at an art camp for the kids in the surrounding areas.
Enjoying during our hike to Basin Bleu. Secluded from everything, we were able to jump off waterfalls and swim all around in the gorgeous blue water.

Interested in getting involved? Sea State will be offering another Engaged Global Citizenship course in July of ’17, this time in Sri Lanka. For more details on that offering, follow this link.

Here are some more Surfline Study Hall articles to help you navigate the life of a student surfer:

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Surf/Study Abroad Opportunities

Surf/Volunteer Abroad

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