I found it interesting because I didn’t know anything about the Dominican Republic or its history. Touring the oldest part of Santo Domingo was interesting for me because everything was kept in such good condition and original that you could almost see the history there as it took place so many years ago. And learning about Trujiro was interesting because we never learned about him in school and that there were more evil people out there then just Hitler and Stalin.
I found some of the kids, especially in the all girls school so resilient because you could see how they were trying to change their life from poverty to an average life
I found that day fun because we got to tour the chocolate factory, and I love chocolate! One of the main reasons I enjoyed that day was because of the time that we got to spend with the college students there at the dorms and share are ideas of the importance of a second language in the Dominican. It seemed like although we were from different places, we seemed to have the same ideas on how to help others around us.
Playing with the kids was really fun. When we got to do stories with the children in Porto Plata, although the first one was rough, the second one was a success and the children were so fun to work with. It was amazing to see how the kids their could use their imagination and create a story. And the kids in Neyba on the retreat centre were so fun to play with. They were so amazed to play with us and just have fun with us.
MY best experience in the Dominican was working in Neyba. Working with the children was very close to being the best experience in the DR, but I really felt like we were doing what we came for in Neyba. The work was hard and the heat was intense, but I feel that the work we did in Neyba was the most beneficial for the people. I felt like we did the make the biggest differences for the people that we put the floor in for because we could see how much of a diffrence it made for them and how much that floor can benefit that family. I felt personally that my main purpose for going to the Dominican was to do the work we did in Neyba
Schools divisions in the Dominicanrepublic are divided into 2 differentdivisions, public and private.
Public schools are schools for the children in the generalpublic, similar to Canada. However, public schools in the Dominicanare much poorer then public schools in Canada. Some schools in theDominican do not even have supplies to teach kids proper education.Some schools only have the supplies to teach kids basic skills likewriting letters and making a signature. Public schools suffer mainlybecause of the Government in the DR. The Government on the DRonly funds 2% of the countries overall income to education unlikeCanada where education is paid for by taxes.
Private schools are much different frompublic schools in the Dominican. Privateschools are schools that are paid forindividually, so parents who send theirkids to private schools are have to pay forit. Children who go to a private schoolreceive a much better education. The KidsCreate program was designed for toddlersto use their imagination to learn.
I found the Dominican people verytraditional to their culture. Forexample, the people there all knewhow to dance to their music. Itseemed like everyone can do thesalsa. Canadian culture seems likeit has strayed away form theirtraditions, then again there aremany different cultures here inCanada. The Dominican peopletake their culture seriously.
We toured around Santo Domingoand saw some of the history there.
We saw all the schools in SantoDomingo. There are largedifferences between the publicand private schools.
We got to spend the day with thecollege students in theDominican. We looked at thedorms and talked. Although wewere from different places, weseemed to have the same ideasabout helping others.We also got to tour the chocolatefactory.
Playing with the kids was reallyfun. We got to do stories with thechildren in Porto Plata. It wasamazing to see how the kids theircould use their imagination andcreate a story. The kids in Neyba onthe retreat centre were so fun toplay with. They were so amazed toplay with us and just have fun withus.
My best experience in the Dominicanwas working in Neyba. The work washard and the heat was intense, but Ifeel that the work we did in Neybawas the most beneficial for thepeople.