Global Mosaic Project: Jacmel, Haiti in March and July 2013

Looking forward to getting a great group together to experience Haiti through a cross-cultural community project.
- Laurel True


We have added an additional July date for this trip! 
Dates: July 22 - July 28, 2013

Join mosaic artist Laurel True and youth from Art Creation Foundation For Children in Jacmel, Haiti for an amazing mosaic-making adventure!

Be part of a group of international mosaic artists participating in global outreach and voluntourism on this unique trip, which will combine community mosaic mural making, sightseeing in one of Haiti’s most beautiful regions and visits to local art centers, schools and beaches.

Participants will contribute to the rebuilding and beautification of Haiti while working alongside Haitian youth artists from Art Creation Foundation For Children (ACFFC) on a community project facilitated by Laurel True.

This hands-on, cross-cultural collaborative process will result in the creation of a public mosaic mural that will become part of a city-wide beautification project being created by Laurel’s students at ACFFC called Mosaique Jacmel.

     Jacmel Memorial Mosaic Mural, Congo Beach, Jacmel 2010

Jacmel is known for its laid-back atmosphere, beautiful beaches and abundance of artists and musicians. The architecture is reminiscent of New Orleans. Jacmeliens are friendly, welcoming and motivated to rebound after the devastating earthquake.

This trip is appropriate for mosaic artists and novice artists alike. Seasoned mosaic artists will benefit from professional development training in community mosaic project facilitation and novice mosaic artists will receive hands-on training, while participating with other community members learning about mosaics.

 Laurel True with ACFFC youth mosaic artists in front of BWEN neighborhood mural, Jacmel

 After our arrival in Port au Prince, we will visit a famous art gallery founded by musician Issa El Saieh, and enjoy lunch at at the historic Hotel Oloffson.  We then travel northeast to visit Mirebalais, where Laurel and a team of Haitian mosaic artists have created multiple projects in the new Mirebalais Hospital being built by Parters In Health. We will return to Port au Prince for our first evening together in Haiti.

The following day, we travel southeast to Jacmel. Our days will include working on the mosaic mural, and relaxing in the evenings at a stunning waterfront hotel, Cap Lamondu. Laurel will offer several professional development sessions in the evenings, including a debrief on the day, and deliver clear information on best practices for mosaic creation and project facilitation.

An afternoon will be set aside to relax on one of Jacmel's beautiful beachs, and enjoy tropical juices or rum drinks. Our last evening in Jacmel will include a project dedication and evening of traditional Haitian music.

Tour coordinator Lisa Rueff will lead optional morning yoga classes on the hotel terrace.

Wait til you see how beautiful Haiti is.

Accommodation &  Reservation Details

$1,795  based on double occupancy in a fine hotel in Port au Prince and Jacmel, Haitian-English speaking tour guide,  lux ground transportation, delicious Haitian meals/day. **Price does not include your US to Haiti airfare. 
***Please note that $200 will be tax deductible, and a direct contribution to Art Creation Foundation For Children.
To reserve your space and for more information, please contact Global Adventures Tour Director Lisa Rueff.  Leading international yoga and service trips abroad, she looks forward to sharing this rewarding experience in Haiti with you.

Lisa’s Rueff Email:

Here is a downloadable pdf with tour/ trip information:

This is not our bus, but it's a cool one ;)

View on the drive to Jacmel!

 Haitian sunset.

Little house

 Beach in Jacmel

Troubador musician on the beach


Rum punch toast in Jacmel

Haitian coffee is amazing

Painted mural by ACFFC youth (below).
 Laurel working with ACFFC youth on a mosaic by the sea in Jacmel

Mosaic artist and project participant Erin Rogers working with ACFFC youth.

Tap Tap in Port au Prince 
Laurel True in front of mosaic mural at Mirebalais Hospital
Completed by True and her team in 2011.
 Laurel True is based in New Orleans has maintained a professional studio practice in architectural, public and fine art mosaics for over 20 years through her company, True Mosaics Studio. Her vibrant mosaics can be found in hospitals, parks, hotels, and in public, commercial and residential settings worldwide. Laurel teaches and lectures internationally and facilitates community-based mosaic projects through her organization the Global Mosaic Project. Laurel began working in Haiti in 2010, with Art Creation Foundation for Children, where she has an ongoing role as Lead Consultant for the Mosaique Jacmel Project. Laurel is the co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has been teaching mosaic techniques for over almost 20 years. For more information please visit