Poverty-stricken residents in several rural Dominican Republic communities received life-changing assistance from Daemen College students who journeyed to the developing country on a two-week service learning trip in January.
This marked the seventh time Daemen students have participated in a service learning endeavor in the Dominican Republic. The group engaged in several hands-on projects, from providing clean drinking water to addressing public health issues, to help improve the daily lives of the local people.
In the months leading up to the overseas excursion, participants prepared with Justine Tutuska, department chair and assistant professor of health care studies and campus advisor for the service learning opportunity. The group met regularly to discuss cultural expectations and relevant health-care issues, and developed education materials to distribute on the trip.