June 1, 2014
June 1st
Student-Athlete Development: Dominican Republic Blog

Tomorrow morning we will be leaving for the Dominican Republic. As we continue to get closer to leaving, I get more and more excited. There is a part of me that is nervous, simply because of not knowing everything that we will be doing, but then there is also a part of me that knows this will be an amazing experience. As we all wait for tomorrow morning to come, I picture everyone in the group thinking about the various possibilities that this trip could bring. Personally, I am most looking forward to working with the kids in the sports camps. I’ve worked in situations like this in the past and have always found this to be an extremely eye-opening service. I’m also looking forward to getting to know everyone in our group better – as well as getting to know the people we will meet in the Dominican Republic.

The uncertainty of the trip is something that keeps coming into my head. We have been given the basic details of what we will be doing on this trip; however, as of now the specific details are just being filled in by our imaginations. For example, we know of the sports camps we will be running, but what exactly will they look like? Also, what about our trip to the batey? What will we be doing there to help the community? Perhaps it is our job, as developing global citizens, to find out on our own what our role should be in those situations. That challenge is something we are looking forward to facing. As I mentioned before, I absolutely believe this will be one of the best experiences of our lives. And on top of that, it may be the type of experience that ends up changing our lives.

Christian Beyer

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