My name is Casey Malanga and I first volunteered as the English writing teacher at ETE Camp in 2012. During the rest of the year I teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to students in the Boston Public Schools. Since I teach ESL to students who have come to the United States from Haiti, choosing to volunteer with ETE Camp was a natural choice. I attended the Annual ETE Camp Gala and Fundraiser in 2012 and after hearing the testimonies and learning about the students I knew I was meant to be a part of it, too. I was so excited to be able to learn more about the country and the culture and was eager to help even more students learn and practice their English. I also knew it would be a great experience for me to learn even more Creole. I was a bit nervous since it would be my first visit to Haiti, but I just kept thinking about my students knowing how brave they all are to come and transition to a new country and I knew I could do it for two weeks! The students who come to ETE Camp are truly Haiti’s future leaders and I feel privileged to have learned as much from each of them as they did from me. Once you are a part of the ETE Camp family you are always a part of it.
Dr. Jane Hale is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Brandeis University, where she was Shaina Gilbert’s proud teacher. She is the author of two books, one on Samuel Beckett and another on Raymond Queneau. Dr. Hale has taught language and literature at virtually every age and grade level, in the US and abroad. She has lived and worked in Chad as a Peace Corps English teacher, in Senegal as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and in Lesotho as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
My name is Nakisha Joseph and I participated in ETE Camp 2010. I was one of the English writing teachers along with Ceci! The most memorable moment for me at ETE Camp was graduation day. Just seeing the children singing in English and receiving their certificates was pretty awesome; it made me feel like ETE Camp is really doing the right thing for the future of these kids! I love the kids and love being part of ETE Camp! Merci anpil!
My name is Ernst Hilaire.
I am very exited to participate in ETE CAMP this summer! I am a Dentist, Denturologist and Teacher for adults in Montreal, Canada. I was born and raised in Hinche, and I want to give back a little to this community that has given me so much. This summer, I am looking forward to offering my expertise and talents to help the students of ETE CAMP, along with surrounding members of the community. I am very proud of my niece, Shaina Gilbert, and her parents who carry this project on their back.
Garry has stood by ETE Camp from the beginning, when the camp was just an idea Shaina voiced to him as her father, and he has vowed since to always support and represent the organization. Though a Gonaives, Haiti native himself, the Hinche community quickly embraced him much like it instantly adopted the camp and its mission. Having been a Boston Public Schools teacher for almost 20 years, Garry has always instilled in his family the importance of education and took to his role as Math teacher for ETE Camp naturally. 5 years later, he still assumes this role and is also the camp’s Senior Advisor.
The ETE Camp students all love and appreciate the humor and sincerity Garry leads his class with. The students learn how to count and do basic mathematical operations in English and also benefit from the stories and songs “Mr. Gilbert” is always willing to share.
My name is Huguette Vetiac. I am Shaina Gilbert’s co-worker at TechBoston Academy. My involvement with teaching was sort of serendipitous or by accident. I had just finished college and was looking for my next endeavor. Therefore, when I saw an ad to be a volunteer ESL teacher at the Red Cross, located near Back Bay station in downtown Boston, I immediately applied.
Little did I know how tough this job was going to be. The adult students in my classroom where from all around the world and they were all looking to me to teach them English. What did I know? It was sort of like “baptism by fire”. There was a lot of trial and error. Needless to say, I spent many sleepless nights trying to prepare the perfect lesson plan (very few of which went my way). Somehow, I made it through the semester and to use the old military slogan, “It was the toughest job I ever loved”.
It is with this same anticipation, excitement and eagerness that I prepare to serve the students of Henche, Haiti. My parents are from Haiti and I grew up with a certain love and respect for the culture. This is truly and honor!
My name is Jeanna Joseph and I am 20 years old. I was born in Trenton, New Jersey but I have been raised in Tampa, Florida. I currently reside in Tallahassee, Florida to further my education in Elementary Education. I am presently a junior at Tallahassee Community College and I plan to attend Florida State University in the Spring of 2014. I believe that education is my calling and I feel that I can give back to my Haitian culture by teaching the children to speak English. I heard about the ETE Camp from my mother and she felt that it would be a wonderful opportunity for me to give back to my Haitian community. At first, I was a little nervous about coming to Haiti because I cannot speak Creole very well and it would be my first visit there. However, I am going into this camp with the mindset that I will strive to be the best English Instructor that I can be. My goal for this summer is for at least one child to be able to speak English before I leave Haiti in two weeks. I truly believe that teaching has always been my calling and I pray that I can touch the lives of the children in Hinche, Haiti this summer.
My name is Martine and am an educator for Boston Public Schools. I am very excited about visiting Haiti! My goal and dream is to offer kids in Haiti the same opportunities that I have been given. The opportunity to continue my education beyond college, grasp a deeper understanding of the world, and to realize that we add meaning to our world by giving back what we have so richly been given.
Queen White is a college sophmore coming all the way from Brandeis University. Her major is International and Global Studies and hopes to apply to her love of education. Untill then she volunteers her time working with the youth of her community. With over 300 volunteer hours, she has shown her love and dedication through teaching about everything from the prevention of dating abuse to scholarship opportunities.
Though she looks forward to teaching young Haitian students, she is more so excited about meeting them and learning about their rich and beautiful culture.
An Organizer ,Activist, and Artist, involved in community work for over 10 years. Stanley has made it his career working with young people and their development. An advocate of the arts Stanley believes in the impact and role that culture plays in a community. This summer he will be working with the young people of Hinche on a mural project. Developing their love and skills for the arts over the course of his time there. His goal is to leave behind a piece of love that has motivated him in his life, in the hopes of continuing this visual tradition of expression.
My name is Timothy Henderson.
I will be a senior in high school in the fall. I attend Snowden International School in Boston. I love music – I sing at church and play guitar in a band that I started. I actually found out about this camp through my mother, who will be participating this year as well.
I am excited to go to this year’s camp. Being Haitian, I am proud to serve the Haitian youth because I am giving back to the place of “my roots”. I feel like I am gaining a greater connection with myself not only by giving my strengths to the community, but also through experiencing the culture and life of the Haitian people. My goal for this summer is to teach the students how to play a song on the guitar. I will show them an American song and have them teach me a Haitian song. In this way, I can bring them a piece of American culture while they teach me a piece of their culture.
This brings me to my two personal goals which are to gain a better understanding of the Haitian culture and lifestyle, and to try new things!