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Saturday March 10, 2018
Hello from the Dominican Republic! The Community Impact track is all here and ready to get to work today on our bottle house service project.
Sunday March 11, 2018
Today we spent time in the local community Cano Dulce helping to build a house for a local man and his family . We spent the day doing various jobs such as plastering, nailing wires, filling walls with bottles, leveling floors, and any down time was spent with the local kids.
Monday March 12, 2018
Today we spent time in a small community called Cabarete. We walked up and down the street picking up trash. After we went on a short walk through the woods to a small cave filled with spring water. The water was cold and refreshing after our walk through the hot forest. We said our goodbyes and than made out way to a beautiful beach. The water was amazing and the sand was blistering hot.
Tuesday March 13, 2018
Today we went on the Brison Hike. During the hike we saw people from the community who lived on the mountain and had to do this on a daily basis. We learned on this hike that the country suffers deforestations which leads to problems in economy, less money for the civilians so that they can demand action from the government and begin the healing process from within. The people there have to walk a minimum of 4 miles a day to reach the town for their daily necessities. The kids at the community walk the same path to get to school.
The statistic of how long it would take a high school graduate in the United States being 18 years demonstrates how the educational speed is in the country. Compared to the Dominican Republic speed of education of high school, graduates would have to be 127 years of age, showing the lack of educational development in the Dominican Republic. Once we got to the top of the mountain, we were served by a local, Dona Maxima, and we ate like kings. Even with her struggles with having food on the table, she was still able to show us hospitality by feeding us and welcoming us into her home.
Wednesday March 14, 2018
Today, the group ventured off to Dudu Lagoon, a natural sinkhole that has turned into a tourist hot spot. We played volleyball and soccer with locals and were able to go swimming in the lagoon and explore the site. A highlight of Dudu Lagoon was zip-lining down and falling 35 feet into one of the many sink holes. We ate lunch at Dudu Lagoon and set off to Playa Preciosa, a beautiful beach with unforgiving waves. The group was able to buy some local merchandise and delicious coconut patties.
Thursday March 15, 2018
Today was our second and final day building the bottle house. We began by sorting through 1,500 bottles. Then, we took those and placed them into the walls where wires were already in place. Once the walls were complete we cemented them and nailed down more wire. The local children helped a lot, and made the process go much quicker. They let us use their bikes on downtime fun, and then we returned and finished the front room and secured the windows. Once we returned to the lodge, we went to the beach to celebrate Matt’s birthday.
-Emma and Matt