Court Stories

RePublic High School and Institute of Notre Dame Students Work in La Parcela, Dominican Republic

This summer, students from RePublic High School and Institute of Notre Dame traveled to La Parcela, a small rural community in the Monte Plata province of the Dominican Republic. Prior to the Courts for Kids project, the community’s court had fallen into disrepair. It had been poorly built a number of years ago and was […]

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Loyola School Volunteers Welcomed in Salitre, Costa Rica

The seven days I spent in Salitre, Costa Rica with the Bribri community and Courts for Kids were full of memorable connections and life-changing experiences. Going into the trip, our primary goal was to build a multipurpose sports court with the help of Peace Corps volunteers and locals. However, I felt that we accomplished so […]

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A Memorable Project for Families in Praek Barang, Cambodia

The blog below was written by Romly Kao, an exceptional Cambodian student who worked with us on our recent court project.  This is the first time we have had a host-country national student write a trip blog.  Please excuse any grammar, spelling or translation mistakes.  He wrote the blog in English, his second language. សូមចុចទីនេះសម្រាប់ភាសាខ្មែរ […]

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Shoreline Battles the Elements in Cruce de Mela, Dominican Republic

Ten empanadas. Ten empanadas in thirty minutes. That was the record set by two Shoreline students one night, sitting under the leaky tarp set up in front of the elementary school during yet another rain storm. What started out as enjoyment of another delicious dinner of local cuisine after a long day’s work, quickly turned […]

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Georgia Tech Student Athletes Work in Guadalupe de Cartago, Costa Rica

In early August, our group from Georgia Institute of Technology spent a week in the amazing community of Cartago, Costa Rica. As the trip lead, I was fortunate enough to be one of the staff members to go on the inaugural Georgia Tech Athletics’ “Jackets Without Borders” service trip. Our partnership with Courts for Kids […]

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Dancing and Building: Jesuit New Orleans in Copey, Dominican Republic

During the summer going into my senior year at Jesuit, I went on the Courts for Kids trip to Copey, Dominican Republic to help build a volleyball court for the girls’ volleyball team.  Copey is an Afro-Caribbean village with roughly one thousand people and is about twenty minutes away from the border to Haiti. The […]

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Cristo Rey Students Build in Torbellino, Mexico

During my summer experience I went to Torbellino, Mexico to help build a basketball court. I went with seven adults, and twenty-one other students. Eleven students were from Cristo Rey Brooklyn, and ten of them were from our sister school, Cristo Rey Dallas. It was a pleasure getting to know and work with them. In […]

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Portland Jesuit High School Students Build in La Jagua, Dominican Republic

I wish everyone could go on a Courts for Kids trip. I wish everyone would take time off just from their day to day life and put themselves in the position to work with people and not for them. I wish everyone could have the true immersion experience because there really aren’t words that could […]

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Kaiser Permanente, Xavier High School, and Portland Jesuit High School Volunteers in Dominica

My first day in Thibaud involved settling into my living space for the next week.  My living arrangements involved sleeping on army cots, complete with a mosquito net.  I shared the basement of a school with 7 other people, which proved to be quite challenging considering we only had one bathroom.  We lacked hot water, […]

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Student Work and Adventures in Rincon Hondo, Panama

Arriving at the airport was one of the most nerve-racking experiences I have had in recent years. I may be in my early thirties, but when I was in high school, I was pretty confident adults didn’t feel these kinds of nerves? That goes away, right? Nope. The thought of chaperoning 23 high schoolers I […]

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