Working in Haiti, I’ve seen how faith can inspire people from all walks of life to improve the lives of people around them.”
— Annalee Giesbrecht
Name: Annalee Giesbrecht
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba (St. Margaret’s Anglican Church)
Assignment: I worked for MCC in Haiti as a communications assistant as part of MCC’s Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program in 2017–2018.
Typical days: Some days I spent out hiking to remote communities or traveling around Port-au-Prince by motorcycle taxi, touring MCC projects and talking with project participants about their experiences. Other days I spent in the office working with the photos and interviews I gathered on visits and turning them into stories for MCC’s website or for the MCC Haiti blog.
Joys: Traveling all over Haiti talking to MCC partners. One weekend I traveled from the city of Cap-Haitien on Haiti’s Atlantic coast all the way to the city of Les Cayes on the Caribbean! Which brings me to another joy of living in Haiti: the beach.
Challenge: Getting around in a city like Port-au-Prince, where public transportation is a chaotic and informal system of motorcycle taxis, pickup trucks and buses without set routes or prices. It feels like a real victory now that I’ve figured it out.
If you’re considering SALT: Try to find a job posting that’s a good match for your interests and skill set! Being passionate and motivated about your work can make the process of adjusting to a new culture and learning a new language a lot easier.
Because of SALT: I live in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, now and am working as an advocacy and communications coordinator for MCC.