Dominican Republic Service Immersion Trip
St. Joseph is starting its first annual service immersion trip to the Dominican Republic from June 25th through July 8th. We will help to build two homes and solidarity with two communities in the DR.
We will collaborate with Education Across Borders, a non-profit with roots in Washington and the DR.
Below you will find the itinerary for experience.
June 25th- Depart to the DR
June 26th- Arrive in the DR
June 27th- Engage in the history of the island, visit the Northern coast near where Columbus landed and understand first hand the history of the Dominican Republic and its people.
June 28th through July 3rd- Go to the community of Franco Bido for a homestay with rural coffee farmers and help to build our first home with the community.
July 4th- Visit the neighborhood of Cien Fuegos in the city of Santiago. We will explore the local Zona Franca (free zone) and learn about the effects of globalization in the DR. We will also visit a local nonprofit: One Respe, which works in the DR dealing primarily with the issues of racism and xenophobia.
July 5th through July 7th- We will visit the community of Batey Libertad, a community primarily of Haitian immigrants and rice field workers. There we will learn about the life of Haitian immigrants in the DR and help to build our second home.
July 8th- Return to the United States.
The cost for the trip will be around $2100 plus airfare. Scholarships are available. Please contact David Lester with questions or for more information.