Visit & Volunteer
So you want to come to Haiti?
If you are thinking about coming with us on one of our trips to Haiti, this is the place to come for what you need to know. From vaccination requirements to packing lists, we will give you as much information as we can.
Rhythm Changes travels primarily to two locations in Haiti, Cap-Haïtien and La Gonâve. Each place is unique in its own way and we encourage you to come to see both locations with us.
When I went to Haiti, it was really hard to adjust to the poverty there, but it really shows how lucky you are for the stuff you have in your life. When I taught music at the Rhythm Changes School, it was a bit hard at first. Two girls, Cristin and Jennifer, who I taught Saxophone to, were kind of difficult the first day. Not every word in English has a translation in Haitian Creole, so it was difficult to communicate the first day. By the second day, we had less translators than before, so we got off to a rocky start but Cristin and I ended up making it through a whole song together. We barely talked but through the music, we could communicate pretty well. Same with the other girl Jennifer, who barely knew anything about saxophone. By the end of the practice, they both just wanted to play and it was super fun. Sure, it may be hot and humid but the kids dress in button down shirts and nice jeans just to impress you. People are so much happier in Haiti. The young kids are always so fascinated by seeing a white person who isn’t at a resort, trying to interact with the Haitians. Brandon is very good with contacts on the ground, so you feel safe in the new terrain. I think it is an experience that you would never forget and if you can go, you definitely should.