1. Question: What is the mission of Anseye Pou Ayiti (APA)? Answer: Anseye Pou Ayiti will raise education outcomes in underserved areas of Haiti by recruiting and equipping outstanding teachers for existing schools. Transformational teaching and leadership will equip all children with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to achieve their full potential with equal opportunity, pursue lives of mutual prosperity, and contribute to a more enlightened 21st century world.
2. Question: Is APA an international organization? Answer: No – it is a local non-profit organization with all programs conducted in Haiti, led and staffed by a Haitian team. Our entire team works toward a common vision: strengthening the quality of the Haitian education system. Establishing partnerships is a priority for APA, including with our partner schools, civil society organizations, mission-aligned groups within and outside of Haiti, and we also uphold the curriculum and standards of the Haitian Ministry of Education (MENFP).
3. Question: If selected for the APA cohort, when does a teacher-leader’s commitment begin? Answer: The two-year commitment of APA’s teacher-leaders begins with Summer Immersion (an intensive four-week training taking place from Monday through Friday, required for all selected cohort members). The teacher-leaders are Anseye Pou Ayiti cohort members during two consecutive school years after Summer Immersion.
4. Question: Once the school year begins, when will the professional development workshop sessions take place? Answer: Once the school year begins, the workshop sessions will take place throughout the school year – typically on a school or national holiday – in one of the partner communities where cohort members are working as teacher-leaders.
5. Question: And after the two-year Anseye Pou Ayiti fellowship? Answer: Anseye Pou Ayiti is much more than a two-year fellowship. We are investing in top Haitian talent for the long haul, so Anseye Pou Ayiti alumni ambassadors remain in Haiti and fill a critical gap in local capacity. Our alumni ambassadors will be career teachers driving groundbreaking student success, school leaders, instructional coaches, policy makers, and members of Haitian philanthropy and business sectors who continually promote equal educational opportunity for all Haitian children.
6. Question: As a cohort member, will I be a full-time classroom teacher in the APA partner school where I am placed? Answer: All APA cohort members will be responsible for a class (one grade, primary school level) on a full-time basis and under the supervision of the school administration. One of Anseye Pou Ayiti’s team of community coaches will also be available for ongoing support and coaching.
7. Question: Is APA “responsible” for a school or a training center? Answer: No, the mission of APA is focused on strengthening the quality of education by working in partnership with existing primary schools in Haiti (APA will not build nor open its own schools). Our professional development program is developed for our cohort of teacher-leaders, grounded in promoting and expanding a model of high-impact pedagogy and unified leadership. We are recruiting and investing in exceptional leaders for the long term, so our alumni ambassadors (the graduates of our two-year fellowship) fill a critical gap in local capacity across multiple sectors.
8. Question: I am a professional specializing in a field other than education. May I still apply? Answer: Yes, all professionals regardless of their field/specialty are encouraged to apply, as it is most critical to have an interest in strengthening the education system in Haiti and making a commitment to become an ambassador of APA’s mission for educational justice after the two-year fellowship.
9. Question: How to apply to become an APA teacher-leader? Answer: During the open recruitment cycle, the pre-application and application forms will be available using the following links: http://anseyepouayiti.org/apply-cohort/application/.
10. Question: What are the annual recruitment dates, including the application deadline? (Specific dates will differ each year.) Answer:
- Early January—application available
- End of March—application submission deadline
- Mid-April—candidates notified of their status
- Late April through June—selection exercises and interviews (4-part process)
11. Question: What is the minimum age requirement to become an APA teacher-leader? Answer: All candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply to join the Anseye Pou Ayiti cohort, along with meeting the required qualifications. There is no age limit to apply.
12. Question: What is the required level of educational attainment for candidates? Answer: At minimum, all candidates must have successfully completed their secondary studies (Bacc II).
13. Question: In which regions/communes in Haiti are APA partner communities and partner schools located? Answer: Gonaïves, Gros-Morne, Mirebalais, Boucan Carre, and Hinche are our school partner communities (within the Artibonite and Plateau Central departments). Over time, APA seeks to deepen our involvement in partner communities, including the launch of parent cohort and school leader cohort programming. We believe scale is depth.
14. Question: Who is responsible for the cost of the ongoing professional development? Answer: During the four-week Summer Immersion and ongoing training sessions during the school year, APA will be responsible for the participation costs of its selected cohort members.
15. Question: Will cohort members sign a contract? Answer: Yes, each selected cohort member will sign a contract with Anseye Pou Ayiti as well as a contract with the partner school where he/she will work.
16. Question: Will cohort members receive a salary from APA? Answer: All APA cohort members will receive their salary from the partner school where they work during the school year, as well as a monthly stipend during the two-year fellowship.
17. Question: If I am not from the region where I will work as a cohort member, will APA provide lodging? Answer: APA will not be able to provide lodging for cohort members during the school year. However, we are committed to facilitating the transition of all teacher-leaders into the region where they will work, including APA staff members communicating with local partners as well as compiling contacts and recommendations to ensure proper negotiations take place for lodging.