Dorm Room Options:

  • Give Love Containers;
  • Ubuntu House;
  • Geodome

The earthship is made of earth filled tires, recycled plastic bottles and polyester boxes. It has a double bed, desk, under-bed storage, fairy lights, mosquito net and fan.The Earthship comes with a private toilet. A large passive cooling heat escape in the top of this structure, accompanied with 3 foot thick walls keeps this Hobbit-like home at a nice temperature.

The earthship living space was built at Haiti Communitere as a response to the 2010 earthquake. It serves as a demonstration for how homes can be built from waste material like tires, plastic bottles, and rubble from the earthquake. The base of the earthship is made with tires stacked seven high within the walls. Above the tires are the plastic bottle walls. The dome roof was made with steel bars along with with shredded cardboard and styrofoam in rice bags and plastic bags for insulation. The earthship incorporates concepts like temperature regulation, solar energy, sewage treatment, upcycled materials, water harvesting, and food production. The total project cost was about USD$4000, and it took around 20 people 10 days to construct the entire structure with pre-prepared materials. The structure used about 10,000 plastic bottles, and just under 100 tires that would have otherwise remained in the waste stream.

Price: $55 for one person/ $75 for two people

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The Super Adobe room contains a double bed, a desk, mosquito net and fan. The Super Adobe house has a form of earthbag construction that uses long fabric bags or tubes filled with adobe, which is a mixture of 90% earth and 10% cement. The bags and tubes are layered together with barbed wire between each row which acts as a mortar. Structural design mixes modern engineering concepts and ancient earth architecture. The innovation of barbed wire adds the tensile element to the traditional earthen structures, creating earthquake resistance despite the earth’s low shear strength. The aerodynamic of the dome resists hurricanes. The innovation of sandbags adds flood resistance.

Price: $40 for one person/ $60 for two

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The Silver room is a converted shipping container. It offers privacy and is tucked away from the busy atmosphere at Haiti Communitere. It has air conditioning, a double bed, mosquito net, fan, desk and under the bed storage.

Price: $40 for one person/ $60 for two people

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This room is also a converted shipping container and contains a double bed, desk, shelves, mosquito net and fan. The mural room features a large iron artwork window made by artisans in Croix des Bouquets, the area of Port-au-Prince that is known for this industry.  The outside of the container features a large mural paying homage to past partners and HC friends who have contributed to the organization.

Price: $40 for one person/ $60 for two

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This converted shipping container contains two single beds, under the bed storage, fan and mosquito nets. It is painted a nice purple color and is located away from the main house for those who would like a little more privacy.

Price: $40 for one person/ $60 for two people

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This room has a double bed, mosquito net and fan and is located in the main house. This room has a unique, cob plaster wall, using plastic water bottles stacked between an earthen mortar and earthen plaster. The room is named for Haiti’s national beer company and is tastefully decorated with beer labels.

Price: $40 for one person/ $60 for two

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This large room has an en-suite bathroom, a double bed, mosquito net and fan. The room is named for Dr. Megan Coffee, an American doctor who runs Ti Kay, an organization that works with people who have TB and HIV. This room is inside the main house.

Price: $55 for one person/ $75 for two people

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The Dragonfly is a large, airy room located inside the main house. It contains two single beds, mosquito nets and fans.

Price: $40 for one person/ $60 for two people

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The Butterfly room is a beautiful mauve color with a double bed, mosquito net and fan. The added bonus of having a large wardrobe makes this a great option for long-term stays. It is located inside the main house.

Price: $40 for one person/ $60 for two people

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Green Room: The Green Room is a budget option for those who would like to combine privacy with stretching their dollars. The room is located inside the main house and contains a single bed, mosquito net and fan.

Price: $30

Dorm Options:

The Give Love and Give More Love Containers are two converted shipping containers with a total of eight bunk beds. They’re a fantastic option for a group of four to eight people. Their open design keeps them cool, while a picnic table between the two containers offers great hangout or meeting space. Large sections of the shipping container wall were cut out and replaced with artful metal windows for increased ventilation.

Price per bed: $30

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The Ubuntu House is a six-bed dormitory with fans and mosquito nets and lockers. The house is constructed from “ubuntu blocks” made out of polystyrene trash. Ubuntu block houses can use about one 40-foot shipping container’s worth of styrofoam. The styrofoam is collected, crushed and bleached before it is put into rice sacks to make the blocks. The final structure is light-weight and flexible making it highly resistant to earthquakes and less dangerous if it does collapse. Haiti Communitere’s is very well-insulated and is cool and fresh throughout the day while retaining warmth at night. It is a cozy option for groups or individuals.

Price per bed: $30

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 The Geodome is our budget option and contains a total of eight bunk beds and individual lockers, mosquito nets and fans. Geodomes are an interesting alternative in disaster situations because they offer the most amount of livable with the least amount of packsize. With minimal materials required, 100 domes (9.1 meter/ 30-foot diameter) can fit into a single shipping container.

Price per bed: $25

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