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We are delighted to see more and more music programs holding summer camps! Here are a few that BLUME Haiti board members have visited:
In Haiti, summer music camps, especially for those of limited means, are often the only time students or teachers will get lessons during the year. As such, these opportunities are crucial to the growth and development of both teachers and students.
In 2017, BLUME Haiti gave out more than $7,500 in scholarship aid to enable gifted students and teachers from around the country to take advantage of the presence of an international group of teachers. Though none of the foreign teachers go to Haiti under the auspices of BLUME Haiti, we are very happy to work with them to assure the best possible results for young musicians throughout Haiti. In recent years, volunteer teachers have come from France, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, England, Poland, Iceland, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia and, of course, the United States.
All profit from this incredible mix of individuals - for many of the Haitian students, this is the first inkling they get of the larger world beyond the confines of their city and schools. They begin to realize that they have common ground with people from all over the world and this is wonderfully empowering. We have also been so leased to see that, more and more, there are Haitian teachers able to work at a very high level. This is an inspiration not only for their students but also for the international volunteers.
Here are comments from some of the campers: