Friday, April 9, 2010


I am officially employed!
On Monday, I accepted a job with the  
for the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps!

The Hole in the Wall Camps are camps for children with serious and life-threatening medical conditions.  The organization was founded by Paul Newman, and the camps have been running in the USA and Europe for several years.  In the last few years, they have incorporated a more global vision.  The program I will be working for, the Global Partnership Initiative, has branched out to developing countries, partnering with local and international organizations to create sustainable programs in Africa and Asia that educate, motivate and empower children living with HIV/AIDS, as well as other life-threatening illnesses. 

This year, they are starting the first programs in Latin America... 
and that's where I come in!

My first programs will be in the  
Dominican Republic 
and Paraguay.

I will be based in New Haven, Connecticut,
but traveling.. a lot.

And I am so, so excited.

It took 7 months of job hunting to get to this point - and I was fortunate to end up with 4 AMAZING job offers, two of which I very seriously agonized and debated between.  However, after a lot of thought, prayer and analysis, this one was the clear winner.  
It combines my passions for 
teaching and training, 
working with both kids and adults, 
international development,
 capacity building and sustainability, 
working toward something POSITIVE,
 and of course.. Latin America.  

Thank you thank you thank you to all of you for all of your love, encouragement, recommendations, floors to sleep on, and support - there were some big highs and lows during the last seven months (remember this?!?) and I don't know what I would have done without the ridiculously amazing support system that I have.

A special thank you to my parents, who took me in without any hesitation right when I dragged back in from Africa last fall.  You gave me the foundation and security to search for something that I was passionate about, rather than having to rush into something. You were unconditionally supportive, and I'll never be able to thank you enough.

Needless to say, I am celebrating both this fabulous new beginning and counting my amazing stock of blessings tonight.

Thank you for being part of this new chapter!!!
And know that each and every one of you now have a home in New Haven, or wherever else this journey leads!!

All my love,


Hiatt Family said...

Lincoln & I are so excited for you Haley! Way to not settle & way to keep searching until you found something so fulfilling!!! Congrats!

Molly Scarbrough said...

I am so glad you found a job you are going to love! Good luck!

Amber said...

Congratulations! I'm very excited for you and wish you all the best. You will be a fabulous addition to that organization!

K Bailey said...

AWESOME!!! Can't wait to read about your "work!"

SAYDA said...

So, so happy for you Haley! Take care.

Emily Boland said...

Lots and Lots of Congratulations! I'm so very proud of you, but just a little bit sad that you won't be working in El Salvador at all. If you ever need any contacts in Santiago, DR just let me know. I have a few friends left at the University there, and a friend who has an NGO working there. Best wishes!