Session one was a blast, and you were such an awesome group to kick off our summer program!
We spent day one getting to know each other and learning the ropes of home base, which would be your new home for the upcoming 10 days. The next day, we jumped right into our activities, and it was a great start to your service adventure! We started off with a bus ride to Brison trail, and then had an amazing meal courtesy of Doña Maxima. Her cooking is always a hit with our students, so we’re glad you guys got to experience it too. Especially her homemade fried chicken – muy delicioso!
On day three, we started building the bottle houses, which many of you were excited about after seeing photos and videos of the building process from previous years’ programs. You all truly cared about the process, and the bigger picture behind the structures you were creating, and we are so proud of all your hard work!
One of the highlights for us staff members was seeing you all interact with the local community, and gain a deeper understanding of the culture and daily life. Plus, who could forget the epic basketball game between you and the local teens!
Here are a few of our favorite memories from Session 1:
-Seeing you all work together and support each other during your service
-Exploring the caves in Las Cuevas
-Ziplining into Dudu Lagoon
-Watching you all give horsie and piggy back rides to the local children. They loved it so much!
-Pina Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris (virgin of course!)
-Beach volleyball and frisbee at Playa Preciosa
-Home base pool parties
-Snorkeling with all the tropical fish
We miss you guys, and we’re so grateful to have gotten to know each and every one of you. The work you did here has made a lasting impact on the local community, and we hope that you will come back to visit us in the future!
-Your DR Beachside Staff