Dominican Service Trip - Mackenzie Fritz

In March of 2015, myself, 20 other students in my Global Issues class and 8 chaperones traveled to a small community in the Dominican Republic. The community was called Guerra. We helped out the community of Guerra in many different ways including building a house for a women who lost hers in a fire, brought packaged food and delivered it to houses, played with little children, traveled to multiple children’s ministries to help out and visited a typical school. We were in the Dominican Republic for 10 days total, including one of the days being Easter which was special because we were fortunate enough to be able to attend Mass at a local church. The Dominican Republic Service trip was taken to be able to experience what life is like in a third world country. I think that the biggest impact of service we did the Dominican was building the house for Juana. Juana had lost her house in a fire, and had been living in a small chicken coop with her family for the last several months. The look on Juana’s face as we built, and finished this house for her was priceless. She was unbelievable thankful for what we did for her.

The Dominican Republic Service Trip had a large impact on my life in many ways. I was able to see life in a different perspective. The part I most enjoyed on the service trip was being able to see the joy on the little kids faces when we arrived to play with them. It was amazing to see how thankful and happy the people were even though they have so little. They were beyond thankful for the little gifts we brought them. I learned that we should be thankful for what we have. We often take things for granted, when in reality, we need to be thankful for everything we are given. This trip overall has humbled me and changed my perspective on life.

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