Dominican Republic

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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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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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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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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Jesuit Portland High School in Los Robles, Dominican Republic

“The most difficult part of coming home is culture shock. People always say arriving into an impoverished community will be so different, but they never say anything about leaving.  About how saying goodbye – or not saying goodbye – will break your heart. About how accommodated you are to having little makes going home to […]

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Triangle Volleyball Club in Guayajayuco, Dominican Republic

Before I went on the Courts for Kids journey to Guayajayuco, Dominican Republic, I spent numerous hours visualizing how the trip would be. I imagined the people, the community, and the scenery. No matter how much I let my imagination take control, I never grasped the true reality of the trip. When I set foot […]

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Central Catholic HS in Los Guineos, Dominican Republic

  After 16+ hours of travel from Portland, a group of 18 Central Catholic students and 3 chaperones arrived in the Dominican Republic early in the morning of July 24th.  We stopped at a hotel near the airport to catch a few hours of sleep before heading off to our final, court building destination – […]

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St John’s Jesuit and Jesuit New Orleans in Hato Viejo, Dominican Republic

Last week was one of the most difficult, yet rewarding work weeks I have ever experienced. Last week, my community and I had volunteer visitors from St John’s Jesuit and Jesuit New Orleans through Courts for Kids. My name is Sarah, and I am a Peace Corps Volunteer working in the Dominican Republic. I am […]

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University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in Las Pajas, Dominican Republic

In the afternoon of Sunday, May 8th, a group of student-athletes from the University of Nebraska landed in the Dominican Republic for a week of work and cultural exchange.  We started our trip in the Santo Domingo where the evening was spent exploring the Colonial Zone, eating dinner in the first tavern of the New […]

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Columbia River High School volunteers in Arroyo Grande, Dominican Republic

It was a first for Courts for Kids. After months of planning and preparation with the Dominican community (including a huge fundraising effort with the Peace Corps Volunteer in site), the local government told us we wouldn’t be able to build a court on the land…and just two weeks before the group was scheduled to […]

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