The Dominican Republic: Housebuilding with Cambiando Vidas

A team of Deerfield students will travel to the Dominican Republic to build a house for a family in the village of Lavapie with the organization Cambiando Vidas. When work begins on Sunday morning, the house will be one cinderblock high. By Thursday afternoon, the house will be finished — complete with running water and electricity. On the final night, the team will share the first dinner in the house with the family and the 100+ members of the community who worked on the house. This will be Deerfield’s 11th house build in the DR.

This trip is open to current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students with a preference towards those with a demonstrated interest in service. All interested students are encouraged to apply by October 29. Financial aid is available for all trips with priority for students who have not previously received aid for a Deerfield trip.

Proposed Itinerary:*

May 31 : Depart Deerfield Friday afternoon/evening, and travel to a hotel near NY/New England Airport

June 1 : Fly to Santo Domingo, DR and travel to San Juan de la Maguana, making stops along the way to better understand the island’s geography, history, and culture

June 2-6: Build a house and build new relationships while learning about the culture and history of the Dominican Republic

June 7 : Spend the day exploring Santo Domingo

June 8: Travel from Santo Domingo to NY/New England airport**

*Itinerary is subject to change.

**Families are responsible for transportation from the U.S. airport to the student’s final destination at the end of the trip.

Program Notes:

  • Please note: This trip conflicts with the June 1 SAT and June 8 ACT; students will not be able to take either.
  • This is an “unplugged” trip where students will not have access to cell phones or internet for the duration of their time in the DR.
  • Students can expect to stay in hotels in the DR. Typically, they will have breakfast at the hotel; lunch will be shared with community members at the worksite, and dinner will be out at local restaurants.
  • Students and faculty leaders will update families and friends at home through our Notes from Abroad blog. Check out last year’s posts for a better understanding of the travel experience

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