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Service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic 2016

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This spring break, 6 fabulous SLA students and 3 teachers organized another service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic. Below are words from the students, as well as pictures from our trip. Click here and here to see more pictures posted on our DonorsChoose pages.

It's hard to put our experience into words. Our trip was amazing, yet at times, heartbreaking. We all experienced some level of culture shock. Before our trip, we read articles and talked with a social justice advocate about the humanitarian crisis created by the Dominican government stripping people of Haitian descent of their citizenship; but nothing could prepare us for seeing children living in bateyes. We could not fathom how the government could intentionally deprive humans of their access to clean water, work, land, and education. At the same time, it was exhilarating to stick our hands in plastic buckets of cement and work alongside people to literally build the walls of their future houses and community center. We also played soccer with the kids in the batey, used our Spanish to connect with locals, built bee boxes (to replenish the bee population needed for a healthy environment) and learned about the seven elements of Human Security. We grew so much from this experience and have new insights to seek practical solutions and to continue investigating pressing questions. Thank you, everyone, for believing in us!

With tremendous gratitude,

Trinity (12th grade), Bella (12th grade), Avery (12th grade), Amelia (12th grade), Kia (11th grade), Rifah (11th grade)
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After a 3 mile hike up to the top of Brisón Mountain.
Learning salsa, bachata and merengue with community members.
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Building bee boxes