Action Toward Initiatives and Volunteering for Education in Haiti (ACTIVEH) is a non-profit association founded in November 2011 by three Haitian students. ACTIVEH’s stated mission is to harness the passion and potential of students from different universities as a force of change for Haiti and the ambition to develop professional internships and good-will volunteer opportunities for community-development programs in Haiti.
ACTIVEH was founded to address weaknesses in Haiti’s higher education system. First, Haitian universities offer students few, if any, opportunities to contribute to community and volunteer activities despite students’ high energy and potential. In the classroom, teaching methods focus more on theories than the realities of the communities and therefore fail to involve students in real-world problem solving and activities that allow them to participate in the development of their communities. Second, university students in Haiti have limited access to practical experience to supplement their classroom education and prepare them to enter the workforce.