Take Me Back Already!

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 […]

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I Swear I Lived

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 […]

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A Whole New World

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 […]

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The Land of Hope

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 […]

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A Week of a Lifetime

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 […]

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From the Outside Looking In

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 […]

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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 […]

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