S-Trip! Destination: Dominican Adventure, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Site Visit, December 2016
In early December, a few of our staff from the office visited the Dominican Republic to prepare for our March Break programs, and no visit would be complete without spending some time in the communities that S-Trip! travelers have been working in for the past few years!
The community leaders were overjoyed to be able to show our staff some of the progress that has been made because of the kindness and hard work of our travelers!
However, the heavy rains over the last few months, including some of the side effects of Hurricane Matthew, had a major impact on many rural communities in Dominican Republic. For example, in Nuevo Renacer, the river (pictured below) completely flooded and washed away an entire road and 7 houses. Here you can see where the road was washed away as the house hangs over the cliff, where there once was solid ground. The flooding has caused the government to consider building a retaining wall to protect Nuevo Renacer and nearby communities from future floods, but to build the wall, another 12-15 houses would need to be torn down.
There is so much work to be done in these two communities, both of which remain very close to our hearts here at S-Trip! The photo below shows the beach at Nuevo Renacer that our students clean up every season. At the end of the five visits we had to Nuevo Renacer during our summer 2016 program, travelers were running out of things to pick up, but the flooding brought in a ton of new trash. This beach is the same coast that the travelers swim in at the hotels in Playa Dorada. Same coast, same water, very contrasting images.
We hope that you'll join us on your Volunteer Experience, included on your #TripofaLifetime, to help these communities rebuild after the devastating floods in 2016. Read more about our volunteer projects, and read this blog to make sure you pack everything you need for the Volunteer Experience on your #GradTrip!