Una Semana en La Republica Dominicana (A Week in the Dominican Republic)

Created by Ashley Pinney, 2011-2012 Career Advising Fellow

I spent last week serving as a staff advisor on the Dominican Republic Alternative Spring Break Service  Trip. My group of 12 students and myself volunteered with a Dominican organization called Cambiando Vidas (Changing Lives). The goal of the organization is to build homes for members of communities who could not afford to do so without the organization’s assistance. For five days we shoveled, sifted, hammered, mixed, and painted. It was a really amazing experience and the students (and myself) got a lot out of it.

My students and the community members after the 1st day

We had a lot of interactions with community members both on and off the construction site. After work one day we played softball all together and it was a lot of fun (despite my team losing haha).

My softball team!

After we finished work on the last day we went to a beach in a different part of the island. It was great to relax after the hard work we had done. The students did a great job of forging relationships with community members and I commend them on their compassion and their willingness to learn something new (whether that was Spanish, how to build a house, or how to build relationships). I am grateful to Elon and the Student Professional Development Center for allowing me to go!

Pretty beach we visited
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Author: Ashley Pinney

I am a Career Counseling Fellow at Elon University. The position is a post-graduate fellowship with an emphasis on providing career counseling services to students through individual meetings and co-facilitation of transition classes, as well as collaborating with residence life to develop career-related programing.

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