Dominican Republic

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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University of Cincinnati Bearcats in Hicaco Blanco, Dominican Republic

2015 in the Dominican Republic started and ended with the Bearcats! Right after New Years, University of Cincinnati students completed the first Courts for Kids project of the year. Then, 11 months later, right before Christmas, another group of Bearcats completed the last court of 2015! On Sunday, December 13th, 15 students from the University […]

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Jesuit HS Portland students in Batey Altagracia, Dominican Republic

Although I’ve been home for days my mind is still living in Batey Altagracia. Every morning I walk down my street in Oregon but if I close my eyes for one moment I’m transported back to the Dominican Republic. The paved roads turn into dirt, the impressive houses turn into tiny ones, and the preoccupied […]

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Cristo Rey Brooklyn Students in Los Cerezos, Dominican Republic

On July 3rd, 2015 a group of 12 students and 3 chaperones from Cristo Rey Brooklyn traveled to the Dominican Republic to build a basketball/volleyball court. However, our experience and hard work began several months before.  By December of 2014, the team of student participants had been chosen and they began the work of preparing […]

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U of Oregon Student Athletes in The DR

Every court project in the Dominican Republic comes with its fair share of challenges.  With volunteer groups coming from U.S., “a world that moves at a mile a minute,” (Juwann Williams) it’s often an adjustment to get used to Dominican culture, especially the concept of time. Life just doesn’t move as quickly down here and […]

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