It seems like it was just yesterday that we spent our amazing week together in the Dominican Republic for the Spring Break Community Impact adventure! We started things off with a tough two-hour hike up Mount Brison but it was all well worth it once we all reached the top. We were surrounded by the beautiful view and enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Doña Maxima. We learned to walk in the shoes of the locals which inspired us to view things from a different perspective. This was the beginning of our life-changing experience in the DR!
I was so proud to see the hard work you all put in while helping build a safe home for Heriberto. We set up the wire on the wood framing, filled the walls with recycled plastic bottles, and also mixed cement for the walls. We bonded with the locals, especially with the kids of the community. Heriberto was so grateful for the dedication you each put into his new home and despite the language barrier, this was evident through his everyday smile. Not only did we work towards making a life-changing impact in Heriberto’s life, but we contributed to making a positive impact to the environment as well through recycling. Your passion and dedication was evident in all of the service activities you participated in. Way to go team!
Now, let’s not forget about our fun days to relax and enjoy the hot sun after a hard day’s work. We sunbathed at some gorgeous beaches and had lots of fun in the waves. We even enjoyed some delicious tropical drinks in pineapple and coconut cups. We will never forget our adventures off the zip-line at Dudu Lagoon and jumping off the cliff at the Cabarete Caves. One of the highlights of the week was definitely our stop at Cabarete beach. We loved it so much that we went twice. We got to shop for souvenirs, hang out at Lazy Dogs and enjoy the Dominican beats!
Back at the lodge, we enjoyed the pool, snacks from the Gift Shop, and even learned how to dance salsa, bachata and merengue. Our nights were not complete without a fun game of ‘mafia’ with the 7e staff.