In July, Globe 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. | READ: Lessons from under the coconut tree

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)