“…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: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 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

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

meet Leah.

Greetings from Hiram!  My name is Leah.  I am a junior nursing major.  I am very excited to meet everyone involved in Caminante and spend three weeks in the beautiful city of Boca Chica.  It is just 15 days and counting until we leave for the Dominican Republic!  I can’t believe it’s almost time to … Continue reading

meet Carson.

¡Hola! I’m Carson, and am studying Nursing and International Relations at Hiram College. I’m getting more and more excited about the trip, but most of all I’m looking forward to meeting all of the wonderful people at Caminante! I believe I can speak for the whole Hiram group when I say how excited we are … Continue reading

meet Jenessa.

I am Jenessa Woods and I am a junior early childhood education major at Hiram College. I have spent a lot of time making lesson plans and working with children for my classes, however, none of that has added up to the experience I have gotten so far developing this full lesson plan that I … Continue reading

meet Kimberly.

Like most of the girls have already expressed, I am also very excited to be able to travel to the Dominican Republic this summer! When I heard about this study abroad trip, I knew that it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. Throughout my high school and college … Continue reading

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