Today left us speechless. Take a look at our day:
XOXO, DR Squad
HAAAAAY it’s yo girls Korica and Maura all the way from the DR!!! We had an adventurous day chilling at the orphanage, falling off fabric swings, bargaining at the market, eating pounds of Chinese food, and having dance parties on our bus through Santo Domingo. We also got to eat cake and other goodies from a local Dominican shop. We’re starting to really build relationships with the people in the community, and it’s been so awesome getting to know them and loving on them this week. We’re so pumped to head to the 27 waterfalls tomorrow and bring 3 girls from the orphanage with us. We also can’t believe that we’re more than halfway done with our trip.
Hola Amigos/Amigas! Its Lauren (the young one). I still haven’t caught on to Spanish or these cold showers but its’s still in the process! Today, Joe bought a couple of dolls the girls made at the orphanage, Britt and myself got to cook some good DR food for the feeding program, Maura somehow fit 3 people in one ENO hammock, and Callie did some hard core bargaining at the market! We’re learning more and more from the kiddos and growing closer as a group everyday (haven’t laughed this hard in my life) Tomorrow we are headed to the 27 waterfalls for an adventure!
Hey! This is Korica and I’m a participant on this trip. Today was an eventful and fulfilling day. We started our day off with our first Dominican breakfast. The food here has been nothing short of amazing. I don’t think any of us were expecting such delicious food especially some of us picky eaters. The first kid we got to meet was Volie who actually lives right below our host family-Carie and Rick. She was super excited to meet us and just play with us, which automatically made us even more excited to just be there in her presence. Later that day, we went to pick out some flowers and four people got the chance to ride on the back of a motorcycle! We then had lunch and went out to the park to pull weeds and paint the area. The kids were so enthusiastic about us being there and helped out with the painting. All of us put in so much work to make the park nice and pretty for the community. It was such a rewarding experience for all of us to see the community getting involved and to give back to them because they really did appreciate it. After we were done, we got to dance with the kids and play soccer.
HI, this is Maura and I’m also a participant!!! What a amazing trip this has already been! We left at 2 am on Friday night (or I guess Saturday morning) and after a basically sleepless night we landed in the Dominican Saturday afternoon. We met our host dad, Rick at the airport and rode in a bus along the beach to our home for the week. This morning, after a lot of confusion with the time changes, Callie (our site leader) woke us up an hour early for breakfast (awkward…). It ended up being an awesome morning because we went exploring in the backyard of their property and met the kids that live downstairs (as well as a super cute puppy). Today was an awesome day of working hard on the park and playing with the kids. We had so much fun with the kids playing games, running around, playing soccer, and laughing. The community here is so beautiful. Although the language barrier can be frustrating at times, it’s so fulfilling to just spend time with the people and love on them using smiles, laughs, sound effects, and hugs. The park is a project that Auburn started a couple years ago, and it’s so awesome how the community here gathers to spend time together there. Tomorrow, we are headed to the orphanage, medical clinic, and to help out with the feeding program our host family started. We’re so excited for the rest of this week! Sending love from the DR!
XOXO, DR squad