Immersing themselves in a completely different culture, 18 students and five faculty and staff members traveled to Barahona, Dominican Republic for two service programs this past academic year through Oilers Serving Abroad.
The first program took place in March during spring break, while the second took place during May after finals were completed. During both programs, students, faculty and staff stayed at a local orphanage in the heart of Barahona. Their service projects included helping to build a church, constructing a floor for a special needs child, painting murals and donating items and time to children at the orphanage.
They were able to serve the community in countless ways, learn about themselves, their majors, other students in the group and come back with a rare and irreplaceable experience.
Oilers Serving Abroad is currently planning their first trip for this academic year. They plan on expanding to three trips per year (spring, summer and winter break) with the first program set for winter break.
For more information, or ways to help serve, contact Dallas Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.