BLUE Missions Programs
Journey to the mountain towns of the Dominican Republic and live in the rural community you will be serving. With little cellphone service, electricity, or running water,...
BLUE Missions Reviews
Submitted by Isa - Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart | October 09, 2017
My entire life, I have lived devoted to service- to making a difference in someone else's life by helping them when they need help most. Everything I thought I had ever known about what it is to help another person has been completely changed by BLUE Missions. The community of El Puerto is filled with some of the most beautiful souls I have ever had the privilege of meeting in my lifetime, and those 9 days that I spent surrounded by the beauty of the island and the simple joys of the people taught me so many lessons about myself, and the gift that life is.
The 9 best days of my life started by waking up in the morning to Caro Consuegra's awesome playlists, and hearing Dani Consuegra's cheerful "Good Morning Everyone", to then sit down for breakfast to try to figure out the best way to eat a peanut butter and guava cracker sandwich (poptart style was the winner). Then, our work day would officially start by going to our first home for the day to either start or finish a latrine, and meet, or say goodbye to another beautiful family. After a morning hard at work, we'd be off to our five-star lunch, created by the masterful campesina chefs. With satisfied bellies, siesta time would start, and depending on the day, we would either go off looking for adventure, fruits, or a nice spot to take a nap. After siesta time, it was back to work, which would be followed by a glorious bucket shower, play time with the campo-kids, and another magnificent meal. Night time activities consisted of games of mafia, cards, and staring at the brightest most beautiful stars I have ever seen.
These perfect days, and my amazing leaders taught me that all I need to be truly happy in my life, is to choose to be happy, to live in the moment, and make each moment count. I learned that I have the power and the potential to actually change someone's life - in a BIG way. I know now that little by little, campesino by campesino, I CAN change the world. BLUE Missions helped me find my purpose in life - my "why" so I can tell you wholeheartedly and completely that when anyone asks me "why was I put on this planet?" I can tell them that it is because I am meant to help people. I am meant to make a difference in this world. So all I can say is thank you Caro and Dani Consuegra, thank you to my amazing teacher who told me about this trip, thank you BLUE, and thank you El Puerto, for helping me find my "why".
Pico Duarte 2016
Submitted by Alejandra Sanchez - University of Floria | October 02, 2017
Hiking Pico Duarte with BLUE Missions was one the most incredible and rewarding things I have ever experienced. The trip was spent among great friends, with beautiful views and inspiring meditations. The trip was equal parts challenging and fun with a lot of moments for self-reflection and meditation. 10/10 recommend for anyone looking for an inspiring experience made better by great company and a great purpose.
Program: Pico Duarte: Trek for Clean Water
BLUE Missions summer volunteer
Submitted by Adrianna Lucia Perdomo - Babson College | September 28, 2017
It was an absolutely life changing experience. Amazing volunteers, effective and impactful projects, fun activities, incredible communities, and perfectly run. You make a massive impact and take away more than you can imagine due to both the communities visited and BLUE's perfected algorithm.
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Submitted by Anonymous - miami United States | September 27, 2017
The trek is a lot of fun and an awesome challenge. The views are amazing and nothing beats the feeling of getting to the very top! The food was the best surprise - initially thinking it couldn't possibly be that good or filling. It was both. Still, make sure to pack snacks for yourself. Overall it is a great experience to do with friends as well as to meet new people on a fun adventure.
Program: Pico Duarte: Trek for Clean Water
Naranjito & Pico Duarte
Submitted by Annie - Miami, FL United States | September 27, 2017
Last summer, I had the opportunity to visit Naranjito, a remote, rural community in the Dominican Republic, with BLUE Missions Group. It had been many years since I had been on a mission. I fell in love with the sights and sounds of the campo, once again. My experience was everything I hoped it would be and more! I spent nine days working with the other volunteers and locals, building latrines as part of a sanitation project. The people welcomed us with open arms and were filed with joy and hope, despite their incredible need. While we hammered together, we chatted about our way of life, and theirs, and shared stories that bonded us, despite our differences. By the second day, I was completely oblivious about the lack of electricity or cell reception, or even ice. The food, mostly vegetarian dishes of rice and beans and delicious plantains, yucca and fresh fruit never, ever disappointed! For those nine days, I was free from the distractions and hustle and bustle of city life. I found clarity, peace, and perspective! A few months later, I was blessed to climb Pico Duarte on an adventure trek, and what an adventure it was! The first day was by far the most challenging, climbing eleven miles in just about nine hours! But, it was almost the most rewarding! When we arrived at base camp after a full day of climbing, I knew I could make it to the summit! And I did! If climbing is on your bucket list, but you're not ready for Kilimanjaro, this is the climb for you! The landscape is spectacular, it's only three days of climbing, and you will feel challenged in ways you never have before. But YOU CAN DO IT! You WILL make it to the top! And all.. for a GREAT cause...to end the global water and sanitation crisis.