Dominican Republic

Bellarmine Prep HS students and Fe y Alegria students connect in the Dominican Republic

On July 26th, 2022, 17 students and two teacher chaperones from Bellarmine Preparatory high school in Tacoma, Washington met at the Seattle airport to depart on our way to the Dominican Republic. While at first many of us did not know each other’s names, this soon changed as we all became a family by the […]

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University of Texas Longhorns living la vida Dominicana

On July 12th, the community of Angostura, Dominican Republic welcomed us with open arms. We arrived with the one goal, which was to finish building a court. We worked extremely hard for 4 days with the locals. Everyone was involved and you could tell that the members of the community really wanted this. They prepared […]

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Jesuit HS, NOLA boys working and playing hard in Batey Frias, Dominican Republic

For nine days I had the pleasure of suffering for and with the small community of Batey Frias and 19 rising Seniors of Jesuit High School of New Orleans to build something beautiful: a handmade basketball court. Before this experience I had been out of the country a handful of times, but never for this […]

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Students from SW Washington and El Rodeo, DR, usher in the official return of Courts for Kids

April 2022 In a world seemingly bent on division amongst ideology, this experience has restored my faith in humanity.  I needed to fill my soul, I wanted to remind myself of the importance of this kind of work.  I have been well fed ~ Jason, chaperone When 24 Courts For Kids volunteers arrived in El […]

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Cristo Rey students found a home in the community, people and their hearts in Buen Hombre, Dominican Republic

August 2019 “I learned that the community is full of good hearts. They care deeply for those they love. Also, I learned that the community are passionate about their religion and traditions.” – Ailani The time spent helping build a basketball court, for the people of Buen Hombre was nothing short of an amazing time. […]

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Feelings of pride, joy, and enthusiasm felt from the students of Jesuit Portland during their time in Don Juan, Dominican Republic

July 2019 On one of our last nights in Don Juan, as we sat quietly listening to the chirping cicadas, the squealing of dogs, and the revving of motorcycles, our leader, Sara, asked for us to take a minute in quiet and think of one word to describe how we were feeling. As we went […]

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St. John’s Jesuit High School experiences “A feeling that money can’t buy” in Judea Nueva, Dominican Republic

June 2019 Two St. John’s Jesuit students, Andrew and Chet contributed their perspectives and experiences to make this story. Service in the Dominican Republic was as powerful and impactful for me as it was helpful for the community. Yes, helping to build the court was hard work. We filled, lifted, and poured thousands of buckets […]

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Central Catholic students learned, “Happiness is better when it is shared” in Los Rios, Dominican Republic

June 2019 This trip was something that I think each person who went could agree on. It was an amazing experience that taught everyone important life lessons. I know that each time I think back to this trip, I’ll remember nothing but good times and many laughs I shared while being in Los Rios.  From […]

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A Dream becomes a Reality for Batey 9 in the Dominican Republic with help from the Institute of Notre Dame

May 2019 This court story is a combination of two perspectives, that of the local community and the group of volunteers.  Written by Molly, Institute of Notre Dame student and Alexis, and Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Every idea needs an opportunity and a little hope to convert a dream into reality. There […]

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No Water, No Problem – Xavier Students In Los Miche, Dominican Republic

‘Water’s Out for the Summer’ by PCV Courtney Nelson This summer my small border community in the Dominican Republic had the pleasure of hosting 16 students and their three chaperones from Xavier High School in Appleton, Wisconsin for a week while we worked to build a basketball court. This group surpassed my expectations in every […]

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