If you are looking for an international service trip that sleeps in hotels in the city and buses you in to work and play in a community for a few hours, then you're looking at the wrong website. We pride ourselves on the fact that our service trips are a full immersion experience. You will sleep within a rural community, eat local dishes, and get your hands dirty along side of the community members and our staff. While constructing water or sanitation projects, you will have the opportunity to learn from the community and their way of life.
A NEW OUTLOOK ON SERVICE
On BLUE Trips, participants play an integral role in the completion of major community development projects. From constructing a gravity driven water system, to installing ventilated improved pit latrines in every home in the community, volunteers will work hard and experience every step of the process.
IMMERSION INTO A NEW CULTURE
Being immersed in the local community, participants are able to make bonds with the local children and adults as they work, play, and share stories together. The friendships made on our trips are what molds volunteers into compassionate global citizens and connects them to the water and sanitation crisis on a personal level.
Disconnection & Awareness
Part of what sets our service trips apart is the level of connection participants feel to their surroundings as a result of their disconnection from technology and cell-phone service. Without the distractions of social media and the internet, volunteers are able to truly live in the moment and interact whole-heartedly with other volunteers and the community.
While on a trip, participants live day-to-day in similar conditions to the local people. There is no AC, electricity, or running water during our time in the rural villages. Volunteers experience bucket showers, flashlight lit bathroom runs, and hot nights. Living in this way opens the eyes of volunteers to how most of the world lives and inspires them to contribute to global development.
REFLECTION & DEBRIEFING
A very important aspect of our trips is the ability for volunteers to take time to reflect on the experiences they are receiving and how that connects to their own lives. These trips alter the perspectives of our volunteers in a way that completely shifts values and ideas. We offer participants time to write and reflect on their own, we lead group reflections every morning, and we have in depth discussions as a group at the beginning and end of each trip.
The final reflection of the trip allows volunteers to summarize their thoughts about the experience and analyze what impacted them most, and what they will take away from their trip. Every individual is personally impacted by the effect of the project and bonds created with local people. By debriefing, we allow participants to share ideas and discuss new truths they have discovered.
We pride ourselves on building teams of experienced, passionate, and dynamic staff and interns that will be leading our trips.
We make sure all of our groups are properly prepared for their trip. Three orientation meetings are held prior to the trip.
SUPPORT FROM BLUE HQ
Our staff at HQ in Miami, Florida is here to support you for any questions or concerns you may have.
AIRFARE & ALL
Trip cost covers airfare from Miami to Dominican Republic, housing, food & clean water, in-country transportation, & travel insurance.
Depart as a group from Miami, Florida to either Santiago or Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Your trip leaders will meet you at the airport in the Dominican Republic, where you will then board our bus and drive a few hours to your community. Once you arrive, a quick meeting with the town is held, and then you begin to unpack and organize your sleeping area. At night, a simple dinner is served and some ice-breaker activities can be played to get to know the group a little more.
We stress the importance of living in the moment on our trips. With that being said, we never tell our participants the time. We wake up early, get dressed, and head to breakfast. After a morning meditation led by one of the leaders, BLUE provides a light breakfast of crackers, jelly, and coffee and then we head to work. Work consists of mixing cement, carrying pvc pipes, building a water holding tank, constructing ventilated improved pit latrines, etc. For lunch, a delicious local dish is on the menu and afterwards you may take a little siesta or hang out with community members and the group. After an afternoon break, it's back to work for a few hours before we head to our sleeping area to start bathing and getting ready for dinner. After dinner, there may be some group activities or free nights to play dominoes, learn to dance bachata, or talk to our neighbors.
Special day for the group to get to know the community on a deeper level. We hold two activities for the community to join and have fun and learn. Kid's Day is a chance for our participants to put on the best show the community has ever seen. We dance, sing, do magic tricks, and pass out coloring books to every one in the audience. It's a few hours filled of fun and laughter. After lunch and a quick siesta, we hold a Women's Day workshop for all young ladies and women of the community. In this workshop, the women learn about the importance of hygiene and health, how to properly take care of the water or latrines that will be installed in their homes, and they go through a motivational program. At the end of the workshop, they learn a trade (such as how to make bracelets, envelopes, or headbands) to replicate and perhaps earn a second income for their families.
DAY 6 & 7:
After a morning meditation led by one of the leaders, BLUE provides a light breakfast of crackers, jelly, and coffee and then we head to work. Work consists of mixing cement, carrying pvc pipes, building a water holding tank, constructing ventilated improved pit latrines, etc. For lunch, a delicious local dish is on the menu and afterwards you may take a little siesta or hang out with community members and the group. After an afternoon break, it's back to work for a few hours before we head to our sleeping area to start bathing and getting ready for dinner. After dinner, there may be some group activities or free nights to play dominoes, learn to dance bachata, or talk to our neighbors.
A relaxing day off from working at the beach or nearby river. After a few hours splashing around and hanging out the group eats lunch before departing back to the community. It's time to start packing up before heading out the next day back to the US. At night, the community throws us a farewell dinner.
Up bright and early to pack all belongings on the trucks and bus before heading out of the community and to the airport.