The Dominican Republic track is a service-oriented trip. This one-week experience involves flying to Santo Domingo, then taking a bus to San Juan de la Maguana. The group will stay in the guesthouse run by Solid Rock International, a Christian non-profit organization focused in the Dominican Republic, and will spend one night at a resort just before we leave.

While in the Dominican Republic, the group will be involved in a number of projects that will be better defined as the trip approaches. The group will definitely work on some construction projects--last year's group built a section of a perimeter wall surrounding a planned brand-new medical clinic. Other projects have included: workshops for teachers in the local schools, helping with the child nutrition program, assisting in mobile medical clinics, and repairing a solar-powered water heater. Last year, the group delivered a prosthetic leg, toured a dam and hydroelectric power plant, visited a water bottling plant, and spent a day with a Dominican engineer. This group is unique as it is the only all-engineer group that typically visits this site. One of the goals will be to bring donations of school supplies for the local schools (these are in short supply). Each trip is a brand-new experience with a lot to do.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a new, friendly culture in a developing nation. You will live differently for a week, make friends, meet friendly people, and learn a lot. You will work hard and have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. There is time to venture out to explore and meet the people of San Juan. You don’t need to know Spanish. Ut Prosim!

The approximate cost for this trip would be $2,000 and includes airfare, program fee, lodging, some meals, and all in-country travel; scholarships are available.

For more information on the Dominican Republic track, contact Dr. Ken Reid (kenreid@vt.edu).

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