Expect a lot of sunshine and hard work as you team up to help bring families into safe places to call home. You’ll create beautiful memories and plenty of friendships while making a lasting difference in the communities we partner with.
You will spend your time in and around the Puerto Plata on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.
While in the Dominican Republic, you’ll stay in shared occupancy rooms at Sosua By The Sea. It is a small, modest 3-star resort with 5-star dining-room views overlooking the ocean and some of the friendliest staff you’ve ever met.
You’ll enjoy packed lunches on the worksite and buffet-style meals during breakfast and dinner. With plenty of options to choose from, there’s something for everyone. And if you have dietary restrictions, let us know and we can also make special arrangements to accommodate.
Working alongside families to welcome them into safe places to call home is an experience that changes the lives and hearts of everyone involved. You’ll create memories, make friendships, and strengthen a community all at the same time.
It’s a beautiful island filled with beautiful culture, so on your day off you’ll choose between taking part in an excursion or kicking back for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
"It is the strong and long relationships that we have with our community leaders that allow us to do the wonderful work that we do. They are the true experts and we are simply here to lend a helping hand."Read Interview
This is Isabel and her grandchildren Damerki, Darlin and Hendri. This group, Windy, a former school association, was comprised of students from Vancouver. They had two Builds during their time in the DR.
Camila and her daughter Mayeline patiently waited for their new home construction to begin. During the pandemic, many students had plans to engage in the Builds Program, but unfortunately, those plans were put on pause. These students eagerly travelled to the DR in Spring of 2023 to meet Camila and Mayeline. This group, Windy, a former school association, was comprised of students from Vancouver. They had two Builds during their time in the DR.
Muskoka Woods' Summer Camp CEO leadership program is for teens ages 15-17. There were two projects for Muskoka Woods during their spring Builds trip. This group of youth built a home alongside Wildren and her daughter Angelina, and grandchildren Alexa and Geralis.
Muskoka Woods' Summer Camp CEO leadership program is for teens ages 15-17. There were two projects for Muskoka Woods during their spring Builds trip. This group of youth built a home alongside Isabel and her grandson, Angel.
As the sole income earner in the family, José works hard as a carpenter throughout the surrounding areas.
Their son little José is their pride and joy, and has the nickname "Peluquín" (Spanish for toupée) because he was born with a head full of hair.
The home that they used to live in made everyday life difficult, as rain would often destroy their belongings. Their dream to have a safe and secure home came true in 2019 when a group of students from Sentinel Secondary School came on a Build. Now they are able to stay dry and healthy in their new home.
Daniela is a housewife whose husband, Ambiorix, works in the military receiving one of the lowest salaries in the country. They have lived in their current house since they first got married, 11 years ago and Daniela was just 14 years old at the time. Daniela and Ambiorix have one son, Adrian, they dream of having more children someday but feel it is unsafe to bring more children into their current living situation. The family regularly deals with the challenges of rats, termites and flooding leaving a steady stream of clean up for Daniela to tackle each day. All that, accompanied by unstable walls and a weak structure has left the family concerned about safety and security. Another added worry to Daniela’s already difficult day to day life is her nephew. He is 5 years old and is suffering from Leukemia. Daniela is overcome with emotion as she shares with us that any extra time she doesn’t have to spend tending to her home, allows her to support her sister in caring for him. After experiencing a terrible scare with their nephews health one year ago, Ambiorix developed high blood pressure and recognizes a new home would not only offer greater stability for them as a family but it would also reduce his stress levels, improving his overall health. Upon learning that they will be receiving a new home, Daniela’s face lights up and she immediately expressed how wonderful it will be to have her very own clean bathroom in her very own clean home, one that she can share with her neighbours who, at this time, are all sharing a single bathroom.
Sarahi is a single mother who fights every day in order to support herself and her daughter Samantha. Eight years ago they were involved a car accident in which her daughter suffered emotional trauma and Sarahy lost her ability to walk. Although her husband left her shortly after, Sarahi refused to let any of life’s hardships drag her down. She works hard selling used clothing in the local markets. She is full of dreams and hopes for the future and does not simply wait for them, she gets out there and chases them. Sarahy is determined to give her daughter a higher education and to make herself independent once more. They both are currently staying at her mother’s place and have become increasingly eager to live on their own once again. She has worked hard for the past 3 years to pay off her very own property. Sarahi wants to show others with disabilities and troubles that it is possible to get back on your feet and show the world what you are made of. When news of the home came, they both expressed a deep gratitude and are extremely happy this dream is coming true. They can’t wait to get started to meet and work together with the team who will bring them joy and smiles. Thanks to the Beaumont group for making this possible.