I absolutely cannot believe that it has been over a week since I have been back from the Dominican Republic and away from Batey 50! All I can say is take me back already, it was an experience unlike any other and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world, I am so incredibly happy that […]Read more "Take Me Back Already!"
An experience that changed my life. That sentence is a bold statement but it is nothing but the truth. It’s easy to say that and try to give people glimpses of things you saw and learned during our time in DR but they will never truly understand. Everyday I look at pictures and think to […]Read more "I Swear I Lived"
A lot has changed inside of me. This trip was absolutely life changing for me. After seeing the lifestyle that these people live every single day in makes me really appreciate my life. I’m so lucky to be where I am. You will never catch me complaining about any of my “first world problems” ever […]Read more "A Whole New World"
Where to begin with Batey 50… A simple blog post could not justify the impact that these people have had me. This trip has been filled with thousands of smiles, hundreds of laughs and even some tears. We spent countless hours sweating, covered in dirt, exhausted, sunburnt, and itching at our bug bites. All conditions […]Read more "The Land of Hope"
After being home for a week, it’s surreal to think that just a short time ago we were in the Dominican Republic meeting amazing people and making a difference in other’s lives. Looking back specifically on our time in Batey 50, there were so many incredible moments and memories that I will cherish for the […]Read more "A Week of a Lifetime"
We pulled up to Batey50 as outsiders unsure of what we were about to dive into. 40 Students on a bus vs 40 underprivileged children and their families. We were the outsiders, never having been to a Batey, never having seen such poverty, never knowing that a place like this existed. So many Batey’s, so much […]Read more "From the Outside Looking In"
Throughout this week I was exposed to the polar opposite of everything I’ve learn to know. And as you can probably infer, I felt the polar opposite I’ve ever felt: absolute happiness. When we arrived at Batey 50 it was within 5 minutes in which a woman handed me her baby and walked away. They […]Read more
WOW! What an incredible way to start the new year, am I right? I was away from my family, my home, my comfort zone, and all for a good reason – QU301DR. New Year’s Eve was the day we went to Batey 50 for the first time, which turned out to be an unbelievable experience. […]Read more "You are not rich until you have something money can’t buy"
…for they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” A week of constant recollection, a journal full of memories, thousands of pictures, and four dreams of Batey 50 kids and there is still simply no way to put my experience in the Dominican Republic into words. I have never in my life been […]Read more "“Let us be grateful for the people who make us happy…"
It is sad for me to look back and reflect on my trip to the DR because I know that by simply being home and taking part in the most mundane tasks I am still better off then those in Batey 50. For example, I was walking my dog around the block and couldn’t help but […]Read more "“we are not rich by what we posses but how we act without”"