Seeking cultural connections

In July, photographer Keith Bedford visited Boston teacher Nathan Eckstrom during his month-long trip to Haiti. The teacher was on a mission to learn the language and more about the world many of his students left behind. The hope is that Eckstrom can reach across the cultural-divide in his classroom to give his students a more successful educational experience here in the US. [21 photos total]

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Theology students prepare for the graduation at the hotel where Boston Adult Technical Academy teacher Nate Eckstrom stayed in Miragoane, Haiti, July 18. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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A boy makes his way through the street to school exams in Les Cayes, Haiti, July 19. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Desks sit in a classroom where Boston Adult Technical Academy student Valancia Mathurinin attended school in L'Asile, Haiti, July 18. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Boston Technical Academy teacher Nathan Eckstrom looks for supplies online as he prepares his classroom for the 2015 school year in Boston. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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A fisherman mends his net in Ile Vache, Haiti, July 19. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Boys stand with a horse in Ile Vache, Haiti, July 19, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Hervens Nicolas (right) shares coconuts with Eckstrom in Marigot, Haiti. Marigot is the hometown of Eckstrom's student Alexandrine Theodore. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Students take part in a computer class at a university in Miragoane, Haiti. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Eckstrom straightens his necktie before leaving for the first day of the new school year in Boston on Sept. 8. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Residents pull a fishing net from the ocean in Ile Vache, Haiti. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Friends and family watch the graduation of theology students at the hotel where Eckstrom stayed in Miragoane, Haiti. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Eckstrom teaches an English class in Ile Vache, Haiti, July 20. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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A woman crosses a dried-out river bed on the outskirts of L'Asile, Haiti, July 18. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Eckstrom rides his bike to work to school year in Boston. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Eckstrom reads to Shama Maslin and Laurie Theodore, young family members of his student Alexandrine Theodore, in Marigot, Haiti, July 17. Marigot is the home town of Eckstrom's student Alexandrine Theodore. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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A boy throws dogs off a pier in Les Cayes, Haiti, July 19. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Eckstrom shops for books for family members of his student Alexandrine Theodore in Jacmel, Haiti. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Eckstrom prepares his classroom for the school year in Boston. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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A boat sits in the ocean in Ile Vache, Haiti. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Eckstrom listens to his student Valancia Mathurin (right) speak during the first day of the new school year in Boston, Sept. 8. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #
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Kechakin Mathurin (left) and Oxamene Pierre, grandparents of student Valancia Mathurin, sit in their home in L'Asile, Haiti, July 18. “I’m happy she is in your hands,” said Kechakin Mathurin, the grandfather. “It’s a nice gesture for you to come on her behalf.” (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) #

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