Exploring the Beauty of Puerto Plata

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March 8 and 9, 2015 Sunday and Monday were our designated “free days” since the Dove Mission Center is closed on these days. On Sunday, we took the cable car up Isabel de Torres, which was 793 meters high, and it allowed us to see a colorful view of the beach and mountains of Puerto Plata. At the top of the mountain is a replica of the Christ the Reedemer statue in Brazil and symbolizes the protection of God over the city. In addition to the statue, there were beautiful botanical-garden trails that led to a cave and lagoon. Thankfully, we had clear skies and views going up the mountain; but, […]

A Day in the Life of a Dominican

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March 6, 2015 So, today was our first real day in the Dominican Republic, and we are so filled with emotions as we write this. We saw the Dove Missions Youth Development Center for the first time today. Not having seen it last year, we didn’t know what to expect. It seems that they really have come a long way from last year. We began the morning by unloading all of our donations. We donated everything from peanut butter to school supplies to toothbrushes and shoes for the children and for Dove Missions Center. We were all really excited to meet the kids! While at the center in this morning […]

We Have Arrived!

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March 5, 2015 Barton College School of Nursing has arrived in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic! Nine nursing students and I escaped the impending freezing rain threatening North Carolina to arrive in the tropical paradise of Puerto Plata. We are here for seven days during Spring Break to join in the work of Dove Missions, a private, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children in Puerto Plata. The course objectives of this international learning experience focus on the assessment of growth, nutritional intake, and health status of Dominican and Haitian children. During our time here, students will have an opportunity to view the world through a different […]

Service Learning: Another Aspect of the Barton Experience

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WILSON, N.C. – Wondering how Barton College students are involved in service to their community? Look no further than the Office of Volunteer Service on campus to find the answers. Victoria Gonzalez, class of 2009, is serving as coordinator of this new program at Barton, and she hit the ground running with ideas and programs this past semester. The Office of Volunteer Service at Barton, housed in the Division of Student Affairs, is supported by the AmeriCorps*VISTA Program and the North Carolina Campus Compact Program. “Barton College has a long and proud history of regional service through education and volunteerism,” shared George Solan, vice president for student affairs.  “In its […]