All session 4 students arrived safe and sound to home base on day one, and everyone was excited for the activities to begin. Students used the first day to get acquainted with home base, and to get to know their fellow students and staff members. But first thing the next morning, we were off!
We headed to Brison where we hiked for two hours to the top for lunch. We discussed how many of the local children make that same journey every day to get to school and then once more to get back home. Students were shocked to learn this, and it was very eye opening for them and really helped to put everything in perspective.
The next day, our group got to visit the Dudu Lagoon where students had the opportunity for an adrenaline rush by ziplining across the lagoon! The adrenaline junkies didn’t think twice – they were all for it!
The lagoon itself was beautiful and crystal clear – even us staff members never quite get used to how pretty the area truly is! All the students had the chance to jump in the water and swim with the colorful tropical fish.
We then headed to Playa Preciosa where the students got to frolic in the sand and jump around in the waves. Local vendors made their rounds, giving students an opportunity to support the local businesses, as well as purchase some one-of-a-kind handmade souvenirs for their family and friends back home.
Back at home base, students got to sit down for a lecture and discussion, but an unexpected power outage cut our lecture short. It all worked out in the end, because our group decided to venture down to the beach to watch the gorgeous sunset over the water!
One of the top 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.
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
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