Session five was a blast! You guys were our final session and we were sad the summer was coming to a close, but you were an awesome group to help us end the summer season with a bang!
On day one after arrival, we spent time getting to know each other and helping you get familiar with 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 long-awaited Beachside Service Adventure! We started off with a bus ride to Brison trail, and then hiked to the top of the mountain for lunch.
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 your efforts!
One of the highlights for us staff members was seeing you all interact with the local community, and gaining 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 5:
-Working side-by-side with the family who now lives in the house you built
-Our cake at lunch to celebrate all your hard work!
-Seeing you all work together and support each other during your service activites
-Ziplining into Dudu Lagoon
-Snorkeling with all the tropical fish
-Yummy Pina Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris (virgin of course!)
-Playing games on the beach at Playa Preciosa
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