Welcome to the first Notes from Abroad update for the summer! Hunter Quigg ’16 and Mikaela Wellner ’16 send this first reflection from the Dominican Republic, where a group of ten students and two faculty members will spend the week building a house with the organization Cambiando Vidas.
What an early morning it was today, waking up at the impossible hour of 3 am to make it to the airport! We all came together for the first time at the Delta international terminal to await our flight. After the four hour journey from JFK to Santo Domingo, we were greeted with the humid air of the Dominican Republic. We met our guide, Jose, who led us to our van to take us to San Juan, the site of the build. We made a quick stop on the way at a local beach to have a quick swim and a nice Dominican meal. After a few more hours in the van, driving through various small towns and crowded streets, we made it to Hotel El Libano, our home base for the week. This evening we finally got to meet the family that we are going to be building the house for. It was so interesting to hear what they had to say, and even though there was a language barrier, some of us that take Spanish were able to help communicate. Meeting the family made us even more excited for what’s to come tomorrow!
-Hunter and Mikaela