May 12, 2019

May 9 - 11

International Block Learning Trip - London & Toronto HANDS Team:

This is the fifth week in Dominican Republic.  I saw so many beautiful things in this country. People are nice and friendly. Life is pretty relaxing here. If you want to live here, you need to learn how to live day by day. The thing that impressed me the most is that we don’t know anything about our schedule 24 hours earlier. At first, I was eager to know what will happen next, but now I know how to live in the moment.


Thursday May 9th

We were supposed to wash kids’ hair today but that did not happen.  When we arrived at the school, we were told to wait, and we waited for a long time. Then, they told us to take care of some small kids. The kids were about 5 to 7, they were excited about our arrival. We taught them how to write names of fruits and numbers in English. Then, we saw some smaller kids in another class and we played with them. They are really cute.

Friday May 10th

Today, we washed kids’ hair with some Renacer students. Some of us went to deliver food in the neighbourhood. After that, we swept the roads because there is a lot of garbage that people threw on the street. It was really hot while everybody was standing on the street, but no one complained about this. Good job, guys!!!

Saturday May 11th

This was my favourite day in this trip. We went to the Caribbean Sea with the Renacer students. In the morning, we woke up at 5:40a.m. and left at 6:00a.m. We spent two and half hours to arrive at the destination. We spent 40 minutes on a tour boat. We saw the blue ocean, coconut trees, and each other tan. After this tour, we came back to the beach. Some of us played volleyball with the  Dominicans and some of us played spike ball. At 2:45p.m., we went to the natural pool. It was a place in the middle of the ocean. The water is shallow, but we can swim deeper and do some snorkeling. We had a good time. By the time we went back, everyone was tired.


Life is good so far. I don’t feel like I want to leave this place, but I have to. I feel like I will miss this place and the people here so much. I enjoy the zero pressure and peaceful environment. I am glad that I can come here, meet so many people, and help them with construction. I have so many precious memories. This is quite an experience for me and all of us.

-        J. Rebecca G


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