All across the United States, many college students look forward to spring break. Bridges to Community’s Alternative Break Trips give students the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from enriching cross-cultural experiences and make a lasting impact on an entire needy community in Nicaragua or Dominican Republic.
Though there’s no way to completely describe all of the amazing details of any specific Bridges to Community Alternative Break Trip, listed below are some of the activities you could expect to engage in should you choose to participate. As you’ll see, this week-long adventure is designed to be truly life-changing!
Bridges to Community Alternative Trip Schedule Overview
First Day: On the initial day of the trip, the group will get acquainted over a meal. Then there will be an intensive orientation session, followed by recreation and relaxation time at the group’s hotel.
Second Day: The day will be primarily devoted to discovery. It’s a time to explore important historical sites in one of the country’s main urban centers. The group will dine at a restaurant known for traditional cuisine. After this time of getting acquainted with the national culture, the group will then proceed to the community their trip will focus on assisting. Upon arrival, community members will welcome the group with a ceremony and a meal. At the end of the day, there will be time for group discussion.
Third Day: After eating breakfast, the group will be introduced to the team of community members who will be helping to work on the project, as well as the family or group who will be benefiting from the group’s work. After being assigned to different tasks, group members will begin their project. They’ll work on the project throughout the day while taking the occasional break for lunch, siesta, and relaxation time. Then they’ll enjoy dinner and a time of interaction and discussion with the group.
Fourth Day: This day is dedicated to learning more about the local culture. This could include such activities as a hands-on tour of a local agricultural center. More work will also be done on the group project. The day will be broken up by breakfast, lunch, siesta, dinner, and the group discussion time in the evening.
Fifth Day: The same meal and rest schedule as the previous day will apply to day five as well. More work will be done on the group project, and possibly more cultural immersion experiences in the community, depending on how quickly the project is going. Today’s discussion time will involve community members.
Sixth Day: This day will complete the group project. It will also include a visit to a nearby spot such as a village, museum, or marketplace. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served as usual. The evening will wrap up with a special cultural celebration involving the Bridges to Community group members.
Seventh Day: After breakfast, the group will prepare to leave the community, bidding their new friends farewell. Before heading out, group members will enjoy a ceremony of dedication for their project. The rest of the day will involve eating out, sightseeing at natural and/or historical sites, and eating dinner with the group.
Eighth Day: This day is dedicated to more restaurant dining and exploration of sites such as a fair trade cacao or coffee plantation, colonial town, beach, mountain, volcano, forest, lake, or another breathtaking site. There will be a final group discussion session.
Ninth Day: Return home with a heart filled with memories that will last a lifetime!
Visit our website (www.bridgestocommunity.org) to learn more about how your group can travel with Bridges to Community and serve a local needy community in Nicaragua or Dominican Republic.
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