Students travel to Dominican Republic on service trip

QU student and child
A Quinnipiac student with a local child in the Dominican Republic. Students are spending part of their winter break building a home for a family in a poor community.

Jan. 3, 2013 - Twenty-three Quinnipiac students are spending part of their winter break in the Dominican Republic helping to build a home for a family living in a sugar cane village known as Batey 50.

The students are enrolled in the QU 301 seminar course on the global community, which focuses on students' responsibilities, impact and investment in the global community. Students prepared for the trip during the fall semester through class discussions on human rights and poverty.

During the Dec. 28-Jan. 5 trip, students are helping to construct a home for one family in the Batey 50 community. Most families in the village live in huts made from banana leaves and tin, which have no foundations.

Students will also visit an orphanage, a hospital, a Haitian church and other Batey villages. On the final day of the trip, students will go door to door to distribute food to all families in the village.

Students will stay in the city of La Romana and travel daily to the Batey 50 village, about an hour and half each way. The trip is being led by John Powers, who is teaching the QU 301 course.

To learn more about the trip, follow the students' blog: