On September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island of Dominica, leaving communities in ruin and without homes, schools, hospitals, roads, water, or electricity. Our previous host villages of La Plaine and Bense suffered extensive damage, with 90% of houses and other community buildings damaged or destroyed. Longtime friends and government officials in the area will ensure our service projects are community-directed, collaborative, and effective as we work alongside skilled construction workers to help rebuild homes, schools, and infrastructure impacted by the hurricane. Between service projects, spend downtime with members of the community, hearing stories of their lives and perseverance in the wake of Maria. Play basketball, soccer, or cricket with local students in the afternoon. Explore the island, snorkel coral-dotted shorelines, or help repair a trail leading through lush valleys and dense jungles to a nearby waterfall.
- Collaborate with government officials to plan and carry out effective projects
- Rebuild and repair communities alongside local foremen
- Coordinate a summer enrichment program for local students who missed school due to hurricane damages
- Develop meaningful relationships with locals whose lives have been affected by the storms
- Explore waterfalls and visit a boiling lake as you help rangers maintain hiking trails in a national park