Nicaragua Trip

Make a Difference. 

Dominican Republic: June 23-30, 2018.

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From from the posh vacation resorts for which the Dominican Republic is known sits the impoverished community of Derrumbadero. A team of St. John’s including several high school students embarked on weeklong trip to help build three homes and create life long memories.  The group works with the Westchester based community development organization Bridges to Community and side by side with a beneficiary family and community members to construct these homes in an area where secure housing is scarce. It’s an amazing week of learning about the issues facing a developing country, making new friends in the D.R. and getting to know your fellow parishioners better. The landscape is beautiful, the people are wonderful, and the food is fresh and delicious.

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 Teams work with Bridges staff, the family who will receive the home (or community benefiting from the work), professional local masons (whose employment is made possible by the funds raised by mission teams), and generally the entire community in which we are working. The trip is a wonderful occasion to build cross-cultural relationships, to understand issues confronting resource-challenged communities in a developing nation, to become advocates for sustainable development, to build relationships with fellow parishioners, and to better understand the connection of our faith to social action.

See Photos from the 2018 trip