1. Dominican Republic Politics, Dominicanized

    In reading TIME Magazine and Newsweek (all months behind, of course), it seems like American politics is getting pretty heated -- Democrats and Republics having similar goals but different objectives, Barack Obama being berated by the GOP, and Sarah Palin still being ignorant to life (answering, "All of them" when asked "Who is your favorite founding father."). At any rate, all of the ridiculousness of American politics has nothing on politics here in the Dominican Republic. For one, ou...

  2. Dominican Republic Bubbles, Bubbles, & More Bubbles

    Once I broke out the bubbles to the children in my community it was a free for all (and made for a fun time!).

  3. Dominican Republic Bahoruco Beach

    My site, Bahoruco, while in the Dominican Republic, was located in the Southwestern part of the country on the Caribbean Sea. Fishing was one of the main job sources for the community.

  4. Dominican Republic Building Latrines

    Working with another volunteer and her community, we helped to build over 40 sanitary latrines.

  5. Dominican Republic Cut & Paste

    Here is a child who attended one of my art camps that I facilitated in the Dominican Republic. We were making cards for Valentine's Day.

  6. Dominican Republic Two Years Gone By

     In what seems like a dream or a blink of an eye, over two years have flown by with the speed of a hummingbird's wings.  The feeling is entirely bittersweet; I'm happy to be coming home to the things that are comfortable and known, yet sad to leave my new home that I've adjusted to and even thrived in.  I spent so long trying to make a place for myself here and now it's time to leave the people, locations, and things that make this culture so vibrant --  Music, food, history, natural beauty. ...

  7. Dominican Republic Larimar

    Larimar (lar-ee-mar) is a rare blue variety of pectolite found only in the southwestern region of the Dominican Republic. My main assignment during my two years of service as a Community Economic Development volunteer was to work with an artisan association that produced beautiful jewelry made out of this stone.

  8. Dominican Republic Carnival in La Vega, DR

    A month long endeavor, Carnaval is a religious-based celebration that takes place in February in the Dominican Republic. La Vega, located in the middle of the country, is the largest, most well-known Carnaval celebrations on the island.

  9. Jamaica Dancin'

    During a 4-H Clubs Achievement Day event in Golden Grove, St. Ann, Jamaica, these young students came and started dancing to the music. All the young students were instantly attracted to the older boys and sat mesmerized by their simple side steps. Music and dance are a part of life in Jamaica and children learn all the styles from an early age.

  10. St. Lucia PICTURESQUE POVERTY

      As one islander recently put it when referring to the social conditions of the island, “The problem for us is that our poverty is picturesque...”  How appropriate and astute. As any tourist might attest, the brightness of colors, the majestic scenery and the contrast of living conditions on St. Lucia make every view a postcard snapshot.  However, there is little about life here that is sterile or sanitized. That is not to say that everything posses a health risk. To the contrary, life her...

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