Awesome Day #1

Posted by Paul Field on Monday, March 24, 2014
Our day together started around 4:00am when we all met at the Portland Jetport. Nine hours later we landed in Santo Dominigo! We each had to complete two detailed customs forms (challenging and frustrating) and purchase a visa to enter the country. After collecting our twelve, very heavy checked bags, we successfully made it through customs and out into the hot sun to wait for our bus. The two hour ride to La Romana was entertaining and "incredibly eye-opening" according to Jamee and others. We were welcomed into Casa Pastoral (where we are staying) by old friends who are excited to have our group for the week. 

After a delicious dinner, we all walked to church where we got to experience a typical Baptist service in La Romana. Our group was recognized and thanked by the Pastor and the entire mission. There was a lot of singing, dancing and clapping and we left quietly before the Pastor began his sermon (to avoid spending the next four hours in church)!

It's a beautiful night here and everyone is looking forward to getting some rest before our work begins tomorrow! Thanks to everyone who helped make this trip possible - we're all really looking forward to this week!

- Page and everyone



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Awesome Day #1

Posted by Paul Field on Monday, March 24, 2014
Our day together started around 4:00am when we all met at the Portland Jetport. Nine hours later we landed in Santo Dominigo! We each had to complete two detailed customs forms (challenging and frustrating) and purchase a visa to enter the country. After collecting our twelve, very heavy checked bags, we successfully made it through customs and out into the hot sun to wait for our bus. The two hour ride to La Romana was entertaining and "incredibly eye-opening" according to Jamee and others. We were welcomed into Casa Pastoral (where we are staying) by old friends who are excited to have our group for the week. 

After a delicious dinner, we all walked to church where we got to experience a typical Baptist service in La Romana. Our group was recognized and thanked by the Pastor and the entire mission. There was a lot of singing, dancing and clapping and we left quietly before the Pastor began his sermon (to avoid spending the next four hours in church)!

It's a beautiful night here and everyone is looking forward to getting some rest before our work begins tomorrow! Thanks to everyone who helped make this trip possible - we're all really looking forward to this week!

- Page and everyone



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Ah, the good ol' days in the Portland airport. Here, Marie and Page share their excitement. Here in the D.R., they continue to be excited. They are wonderful people.

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I'm a teacher at the REAL school on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, Maine. The REAL school is an alternative school working with at risk youth and dedicated to the philosophy that learning happens best when doing. Service learning is a large part of what we do with local, national as well as international service trips happening on an on-going basis.

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