Programs / Services
Learn Creole online during the Coronavirus Pandemic
On-campus intensives for individuals, families or groups, with full days of instruction and Creole spoken at every meal. These can range in length from one week to a few months. Weekend intensives on the campus.
Hour-long classes are arranged in blocks of four, scheduled with the teacher at your convenience. Zoom is used for face-to-face communication with people in the US, Canada or Haiti who are unable …
On Campus Intensives
Students live on our campus in Bon Repos, take classes Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm (with a lunch break and small breaks in the morning and afternoon). Participants in groups …
Students arrive Friday afternoon or evening and stay until Sunday late afternoon. The program begins with dinner on Friday and a short evening class. As with the full-time intensive …
Tuition / Fees
Tuition and Fees for online learning:
$240 for four one-hour individual lessons ($60/hour).
$160 per person for four one-hour group lessons ($40/hour).
DURING THE CORONAVIRUS WE WANT DISTANCE LEARNING OF CREOLE TO BE ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE. Please talk with us if financial assistance is needed for individual or group classes.
Tuition & Fees for on-campus intensives:
Housing:Dorm with breakfast, lunch and a light dinner: $350/week
Tuition and Fees for weekend intensives:
Housing: Two nights with Friday night dinner, three meals Saturday and two meals Sunday: $150
Airport pick: $40 per person
Airport drop-off: $40 per person
Extra days on campus (room and board/food): $70/day
Field trips: Costs vary, depending on the distance, length of time and number of people going.
Our Creole Language Program is designed to help you discover the many riches of Haitian culture through hands-on and meaningful experiences. Each lesson incorporates different aspects of the Haitian culture such as art, music, dance, cuisine, religion, and mythology. Each field trip, walking tour, and food tasting lets you see, touch, feel, and taste the different flavors that make Haiti so unique and authentic. Through our Creole Language Program, you will learn more about:
Q1: What is FTSJS?
FTSJS stands for Faculté de Travail Social et de Justice Sociale (College of Social Work and Social Justice), which is an accredited program that is part of the Episcopal University in Port au Prince. The mission of the school is to give bright, talented young Haitian students the skills to become social workers in their own country. The Creole Language Institute shares a campus with FTSJS and the income from the Creole Language Institute plays an essential role in helping to support the small college.
Q2: I don’t know any Creole. Is this the right program for me?
Yes. Our classes are small and are divided by level. Our teachers are able to accommodate beginners to advanced speakers. Meals with staff – who are Creole speakers — offer daily opportunities for practice outside of class.
Q3: I’m Haitian American and I speak some Creole. I just want to learn more?
Classes range from absolute beginner to advanced collegiate so there is a class for everyone. You may understand Creole well but struggle with grammar or writing. Your program will be designed to meet your individual needs.
Q4: What methods are used for teaching?
We use a variety of teaching techniques. Lecture type instruction is used for short periods of time, sandwiched between activities such as role plays and translation practice. More active learning opportunities are integrated throughout the program including field trips. Homework is designed to reinforce material learned in the classroom.
Q5: What is the housing like at the dorms?
Simple cabins are available on the Bon Repos campus. If you are in a shared room you will be with people of the same gender. Bathrooms are shared and have cold running water. There is electricity (with occasional outages), WIFI, dining space, and a community meeting area. Sheets, towels, pillows and blankets are provided.
Q6: Are meals included?
Creole language students who are staying on campus are provided with three meals per day. The meals are simple but nutritious. Lunch (the main meal of the day in Haiti) includes typical Haitian foods including stews, pasta, soup, grain and bean dishes, and vegetables or salads. Bottled water is always available. Dinner is a light meal of soup, rice dishes or pasta.
Q7: Will I learn grammar?
Yes. The program includes reading, writing, and oral communication in addition to learning about culture and Haitian society. Grammar is, of course, important for learning any language.But don’t fear! Haitian grammar is very simple and easy to learn, even for adult language learners
Q8: Who teaches the classes? What kind of qualifications do they have?
All language classes are taught by experienced language teachers who themselves have studied the best ways of teaching the language.
Q9: Who can participate?
Everyone motivated to learn Haitian Creole is welcome to attend. Participants will have the best time if they are flexible, willing to learn, and open to new experiences.
Q10: I’ve heard Haiti is very dangerous. Is the area near the campus safe?
Our Bon Repos campus has been very safe, even when there is unrest in other areas of Haiti. We do ask people to sign a “waiver of liability,” which means that you take responsibility for your own safety. But if the situation is too dangerous – and we are concerned – we would contact you and reschedule.
Q11: I’m a vegan, will I have problems eating in Haiti?
Our cook is very able to make accommodations for vegetarian and vegan diets.
Q12: Is there wi-fi?
Yes. There are occasional problems with our wi-fi, but it generally works well.
Q13: Can I come early? Can I stay late?
No problem! Extra days are $70 for room and board.