Human Kind: Haiti Trip

This past spring, I had the opportunity to spend a month in the Caribbean. The first three weeks were spent in Borgne, Haiti, a rural commune on the northern coast of the island. We worked with a group of women who are leaders in their community to train them in the Human Centered Design process and collaboratively executed a project to help further development of the community. It was a difficult three weeks, as resources were limited, but I would not trade the experience.

Some of the exciting excursions we took included:

  • the Citadel in Milo, a National Heritage Site
  • Hikes many miles to remote villages in the mountains
  • A spectacular cave
  • A hike to a mystic saltwater basin, called Waka, that is also a voodoo temple

Haiti Trip Emma Merinoholics Adventures

Next, we traveled to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to visit a friend and unwind. Last, we took a bus to Santo Domingo where we stayed in Zona Colonial, the first American City. Here we saw Christopher Columbus’s palace, another National Heritage Site, attended mass at the first cathedral built in America, and hiked at the beautiful Tres Ojos National Park.

Keep an eye out for Minus33 gear in the video from the trip!

Check out that amazing organization that we worked with in Borgne:

HOPE is locally run, sustainable, and the kind of international non-profit we can all learn from.

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minus 33 merino wool clothing, winter snowboarding, outdoors, merinoholic EmmaAny situation that pushes the limits of my comfort zone and has a positive impact on other people is what makes me the happiest.  From volunteering in rural Ecuador, to the local animal shelter, Minus33 gear keeps me comfortable and dry so I can focus on what’s important.


During my free time, you can find me on a mountain snowboarding, camping, kayaking, or hiking with my Siberian Husky, Kya. We love to be outdoors and moving.


Favorite Minus33 Product: “My favorite Minus33 product is the Low Rise Trail Sock.  They are soft, the perfect weight, they provide cushion, and keep my feet dry and cool.  They’re great for hiking, working out, and day to day wear.”

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