Class of Summer 2014
Travel Dates: July 4 - 12, 2014
The first summer course for QU301DR, this group of 14 students met a number of times during the spring semester and completed much of the coursework online.
This class is designed for those who could not fit the DR QU301 course into their spring and fall semesters.
For many of the QU301DR summer students, the travel in July allowed them an international experience that otherwise would have been impossible due to schedules and academic requirements.
See below for some of the impact this trip had on students, or READ OUR BLOG - QU301DR Summer 2014
"My advice to anyone who has an opportunity to go on any service trip is to go and keep an open mind. It will be the experience of a lifetime. You will learn priceless life lessons while having the time of your life. I am already looking into possible options of coming back for this trip next year. There is still so much to be done and so much to learn."
"Throughout the trip, I had many different encounters with children, and each of these encounters was special in its own way. Holding these children, dancing with them, holding their hands, and seeing them smile truly brightened my day and my life, and they will always have a place in my heart. Although we were the ones helping them and working to improve their lives, there is so much that I have learned from them and they have impacted my life in ways that I can’t put into words."
“I knew I was going to the Dominican Republic to help people by giving clothing, food, and building houses, but I was not prepared for the people to give me anything in return. I wasn’t given anything physical (besides a drawing), but I was given a new outlook on life.”
“They say that every penny counts when it comes to donating to a cause to make something better, but as John Powers explained to us, it is the experience that makes the “good deed” so much more meaningful. Interacting and meeting the people that are less fortunate than myself has truly impacted my life.”
“Looking back, I can honestly say this was the best week of my life. I met some pretty amazing people who I am thrilled to have shared this experience with. The impact I was able to make on the people of Batey 50 was incredible, but the impact they made on me was unforgettable.”
"These kids have truly expressed how grateful they are for all we have done for them, but what they don’t know is how much they have given us. Their smiles, laughter, and kindness has been the greatest gift for me and is worth more than any materialistic item.”
“As I sit home in America with all of my first world luxuries, I can’t help but think of what these girls are doing right now… probably playing in the dirt and entertaining themselves. I am more than twice their age and I have so much to learn from them – They live such a simple life but are yet so hopeful and grateful for what they have. They know how to make the best of the situations and to believe that there is hope in the future.”
“It is hard to put into words the experiences I had in the Dominican Republic. I do not know where to begin other than to say… one week can change your life. I did not go to the DR thinking I would return to the United States a different person. But, my life has changed completely.”
“I was thousands of miles away from home in a foreign country with people who I had met only a few days prior, yet there was not one moment when I felt uncomfortable. There is something about the feeling of comradery in Batey 50 that is contagious to anyone who enters it. I truly felt as though I was making a difference in the lives of these people, because I was able to connect with them so quickly."