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When thinking of the Dominican Republic, the first thoughts I have of the country are beautiful beaches in the middle of the Caribbean. I envision it much like the picture I have shared with this post. Unfortunately, when you venture inwards, away from the picturesque tourist-filled beaches, there are many residents of the country who are living in severe poverty. They lack basic necessities such as shelter, clean water, and basic medical care. As a junior nursing student, I have decided I want to join a team to change the lives of communities who are unable to provide for themselves. I am going to Dominican Republic along with 11 other nursing students, 2 nursing professors, and members of a mission trip organization to enhance the lives of two communities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

My main motivation is to improve the health within this culture. We will provide medical care to people who do not have the resources to seek medical care on a regular bases. We will also be going out to the villages and teach basic healthcare or ways to improve what they have available to do them. Not only will I be teaching, I will be learning just as much, if not more, from the people. I am looking forward to learning about their culture, their faith, and their way of life, just as much as I am looking forward to improve and teach them about health.

Right now, I feel beyond blessed to have this opportunity. I am nothing but excited and anxious. My friends and family are just as enthusiastic. That being said, as the trip gets closer my nerves, along with my parent’s nerves, will become more prominent. Physically, I feel prepared, but I am sure my emotions will be in shock when I first arrive to the villages. No matter what, I am eager to see what God has in store for me, and ready for the experiences this trip has in store.