Justin Lee

Volunteer: Justin Lee


Upon graduating from the University of Redlands in 2008, I went to the Dominican Republic to serve with the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development volunteer until 2010. I returned to the US in November 2010 and am now exploring different career fields now that I am back living near Irvine, CA. Specifically, careers having to do with project coordination, travel, international affairs, corporate social responsibility, creative design, and/or marketing.

At Redlands, I graduated with degrees in Managerial Studies and Sociology. I volunteered with Big Buddies, a mentoring program that focused on youth development through tutoring, activities, and social interaction. I worked as an Admissions Host for three years giving tours and hosting prospective students and was also a part of a diversity-based brotherhood, Rangi Ya Giza (RYG) that promoted diversity, activism, and volunteering the under-served county of San Bernardino. While in the Dominican Republic, my main assignment in my small town of 2400 people was to manage a local artisan association that produces Larimar jewelry (a stone only found in the DR) and find new markets for their unique products. I also organized community events and courses focusing on youth and family development for my secondary projects. I love art, music, journaling, creative design, and travel.

In the future I would like to obtain my Master's degree in International Affairs.

2008 - 2010

Contributions from Justin Lee

  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 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. ...

  1. 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!).

  2. 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.

  3. Dominican Republic Building Latrines

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.