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Last summer, 34 Key Clubbers from across the United States traveled to the Dominican Republic to take their service global. During a one-week service trip, they immersed themselves in local life, helped bring running water to rural farming communities, and explored some of the country’s natural beauty. From hiking to hidden waterfalls up in the mountains to white-water rafting and relaxing on Caribbean beaches, these Key Clubbers had an unforgettable adventure.

Below they share some of the highlights from their trip:

Rachel Perkins

“In Key Club, we say that ‘caring is our way of life’, however often times this is displayed by raising money and sending checks to charities. This trip really allows for us to live out those words. There was nothing more rewarding than standing at our worksite at the end of an eight hour day and physically being able to see the impact we had made. I walked away from the trip feeling like I truly knew each person that I had met. It’s really important to establish relationships with people you are working with, and I think that was a big reason why we were able to accomplish as much as we did in our service throughout the week.”

 

Hannah Perkins

“I started the trip only knowing my sister and friend, but I can honestly say that I left with thirty-five new friends. We came from totally different states and schools, but we were united through our love of service. We accomplished so much in just twenty-four hours of service. Being able to create a meaningful and lasting impact is an important aspect of service that we have tried to integrate into our own Key Club.”

 

Sam Gallahan

“I learned so much. I had the best week of my life and I will never forget it! I realized that happiness truly is a way of life and I confirmed why I dedicate a large part of my life to service. There is honestly nothing like seeing the joy on people’s faces when you help bring running water to their town. I learned how even though different people may seem so distant due to different cultures, languages, appearances, and other barriers, we are really all so similar at the core and it is so important to have an open and loving heart.

After my trip, I became even more inspired to get as involved as I could with Key Club. I was especially inspired to get involved in more environmental-related service after working on constructing aqueducts and creating a water filtration system in the Dominican Republic. This year I have helped my home club focus on a variety of environmental service projects, all working towards the Florida Governor’s Project “Key Goes Green”. Also, on my trip I was lucky enough to meet several Lieutenant Governors from all over the country and once I heard about their Key Club experiences I knew I wanted to run for this position. I am so fortunate that I ended up getting elected and now I am the Lieutenant Governor Elect for Division 18 of the Florida District.

 

Hannah Greene

Do it! You definitely won’t regret it. I was very nervous about traveling with all these people I didn’t know and worried that I wouldn’t make friends, but the other students were such amazing people! I made so many amazing memories and friendships, and this was definitely one of the best experiences of my life.”


Are you a Key Clubber looking to take your service global this summer? We still have a few spots left on this year’s Key Club Service Program in the Dominican Republic!

About the Author

Scott Ingram

Scott is the Director of Admissions at Rustic Pathways. He has spent the last 15 years in the student travel and experiential education world. Before helping families find the perfect Rustic Pathways program, he led gap year programs that took students around the world and spent three years teaching English in Japan.