Dominican Republic

No Water, No Problem – Xavier Students In Los Miche, Dominican Republic

‘Water’s Out for the Summer’ by PCV Courtney Nelson This summer my small border community in the Dominican Republic had the pleasure of hosting 16 students and their three chaperones from Xavier High School in Appleton, Wisconsin for a week while we worked to build a basketball court. This group surpassed my expectations in every […]

Read More

Jesuit Portland Students’ Adventure in El Guayabo, Dominican Republic

As with all great adventures, the beginning and end of this trip were the memorable bookends for a story worth telling.  As Paul Simon sings in “Still Crazy After All These Years”, our trip began and ended when it was “Four in the morning” and we were “crapped out, yawning”.  Our nine days of service, […]

Read More

K State Athletes Build with the Community of Matayaya, Dominican Republic

If you were to ask me to create a list of words of what I thought my experience in the Dominican Republic would be like prior to going, it might have been something like this: adventure, culture shock, poverty, fulfilling, service, and barriers with the community among other things.  While we tried hard to learn […]

Read More

Southwest Washington Students Partner with La Lima, Dominican Republic for Spring Break

Traveling to La Lima, Dominican Republic, will forever be a time of my life where I’ll look back on it and wish to go back. I went into this trip with a positive mindset, very excited for all the new things I was about to experience. I think this allowed me to get the most […]

Read More

Red de Misericordia Orphanage Gets a Court in the Dominican Republic

There comes a time in our lives when we take that first step to becoming the people we were meant to be. In the literal sense, you can relate this to flying to another country without parents to hold your passport and your hand. We become more independent. In a more personal sense, we put […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More