• The chronicles of a mission to help children in the Dominican Republic.

    We are a group of students and faculty from Hiram College that have joined forces to support Caminante, an NGO in the DR dedicated to protecting and supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families. 2011 marked the beginning of this special relationship, and we are ready to roll up our sleeves and work alongside Caminante once again. After 4 months of preparation, our service team, focused this year on education, is ready to made Boca Chica home for 3 weeks. Join us as we walk with Caminante and let us share our journey with you. ♥
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“…it’s OK to be leaving and I’m able to go, only because I know that I will return one day.”

It’s been two weeks since we left the Dominican Republic and I miss it terribly. We flew out of Santo Domingo to Atlanta, Georgia and as we started to land in Atlanta, I remember looking out of the window and feeling guilty. We were flying over huge houses that had water and electricity, houses that … Continue reading

Day 15: Jenessa’s Reflections

Today, both the education and nursing teams had the morning off.  We spent it laying out on the beach, gathering supplies to hand over to Caminante, and hanging out with each other.  In the afternoon the nursing team taught at Caminante, and the education team visited an orphanage.  The orphanage was interesting to explore.  We … Continue reading

Day 14: Alyssa’s Reflections

Today was a relaxing day for us Hiram students because we didn’t have to teach or work.  The only thing on the schedule for us was the Son festival in the evening.  A group of us relaxed on the beach all morning and some napped in the shade.  On Sunday’s, the beach is packed with … Continue reading

Day 13: Kelcie’s Reflections

Today (Saturday) the education team began the day by teaching at Caminante. It was a great teaching session devoted to children’s right and feelings. The kids and adults that attended the lesson were so attentive and really understood what we were trying to teach them. Some individuals shared really personal stories about their lives that … Continue reading

Day 12: Kimberly’s Reflections

In the morning, the nursing team and the education team both taught in La K today. It was our first time in this classroom and it turned out to be a rough day for us. There was was only a couple small rooms and barely enough desks. The desks that they did have were all … Continue reading

Day 11: Carson’s Reflections

Hello from the DR! All is well. I’ve actually completely lost my voice on two occasions now, but I’m alternating between sounding like a 92-year-old man and pre-pubescent teen boy, and we’re calling it my “sexy voice” 🙂 I’m lucky enough to be fluent in Spanish and have been using it every opportunity I can. … Continue reading

Day 11:Lindsay’s (“soggy”) Reflections

Today, we went to the attraction, 27 waterfalls. It was a 4 hour drive to Santiago. There were 13 of us that hopped onto a bus armed with our towels, tennis shoes, and bug spray. We woke at 4:30am in order to make sure that we were ready to leave by 5am. I squeezed into the … Continue reading

Week 1 Reflections from Kelcie: Jose “Albertico”

One experience thus far in this extraordinary trip that has impacted me greatly is having the privilege to meet Jose, a boy who lives on the street/beach in Boca Chica. He is a tiny little boy who claims to be 11, but really is probably only 8 or 9 years old. He has lost all … Continue reading

Day 4: Sylvia’s Reflections

On our way to Los Cocos that morning, the van was stopped due to a worrisome sight. There was a young girl, probably around the age of 3, she was crying and it appeared as if she was lost. Cristina and Yocasta jumped out of the vehicle in order to help the young girl. There … Continue reading

Day 3: Challenges and Flexibility for the Nursing Students

  As we prepared for this trip we tried to plan our schedule and activities as much as possible, but already we have had to make a number of small adjustments.  We did talk with the students about this ahead of time, but they are now in the midst of it. One challenge we are … Continue reading

Day 2 and 3: Chelsea’s Reflections

The children’s selflessness is very shocking. The majority of the children are very concerned for the group and if everyone is taken care of. While passing out supplies during a craft, several little girls stopped participating to help me hand out supplies. From what I could tell, one child was asking other students if they … Continue reading

Day 2: Our First Working Day

After a warm welcome and orientation this morning from our amazing host organization/NGO in Boca Chica, Caminante, this afternoon was our students’ first day teaching their lessons to school-age children. Cristina & I lead and accompany the group of six Hiram students who are not nursing majors. Alyssa & Kim did a beautiful job engaging 17 children in their very important lesson on children’s … Continue reading

T-minus 2 days… and highlights from “Team Caminante 2011”

T-minus 2 days… So excited I can hardly sleep… I can’t wait for this year’s team to hit the ground running!  We have an amazing group of Hiram students about to become a part of the Caminante family and experience an adventure that I hope will enrich their lives forever… Here is a highlight video … Continue reading

meet Lindsay.

Last but not Least! Well, we are down to one week before the trip. I can’t believe it! I am Lindsay. I am a Hiram College nursing student going to the Dominican Republic in the Summer of 2012. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I am excited because we will finally get … Continue reading

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