Transforming Communities through Relationship

Participant Testimonies

“I wish to thank you for that opportunity in the Dominican Republic, mainly because the trip was priceless. When I look back at high school, this experience stands out as one of the best. I learned a lot about myself and for the first time put my life into perspective. I will never forget the lessons I learned and the honest and hard working people I met over there. I plan to study abroad and hopefully volunteer in Japan later on. I am also studying Sociology because I find it not only relevant but interesting to discuss the problems of the world (including social and global inequalities) nationally and globally.”

— Lyle, student, Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)

“One thing that struck me about these immersion experiences was John’s [the program director] ability to clearly communicate with and engage young adults in very sophisticated cultural and historical analysis regarding the complex economic,racial, and cultural dynamics of poverty in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Better than any of our other immersion programs, the Pentecost Project maintains the delicate balance between sharing information with our students, effectively engaging them in group discussion, and inviting them to deeper social and cultural analysis regarding their own understandings of self, race, culture, and understanding of what it means to be human.”

— Mark, faculty, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)

“Going on the service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic with EAB awakened me to a reality that had previously been foreign to me. My outlook on life has changed since, and I feel like I now have an awareness that informs the way I see life. I was so moved that I fundraised in order to attend the subsequent trip only two months later. If you are committed to social justice and want to make a difference in the lives of others, go on this trip.”

— Joshua, student, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)

“I had never been on a mission trip before, so traveling to the Dominican Republic with Education Across Borders was a first.  And I cannot begin to explain to you the absolute joy and happiness I felt when I was there.  In the beginning I thought that I would be the one helping the people. Of course, we helped the community build homes, but the emotional and spiritual imprint that they left on my heart is indescribable.  Not only do I have family here in Seattle, but I have my entire family in the DR as well.  There isn’t a day where I don’t think about my Dominican family and friends.  What John McLaughlin does is more than humbling, it is truly a gift from God. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  This is one opportunity you won’t ever forget!”

 –Marie, student, Sacred Heart Parish group (Bellevue, WA)