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It is the mission of Building Homes Building Hope (BHBH) to provide individuals the opportunity to travel to developing countries, specifically but not limited to, the Dominican Republic, in order to build homes; and to establish a cross-cultural connection and a global awareness amongst members of the community.
Building Homes Building Hope participants leave their comfortable American surroundings to spend time living and working in rural areas of the Dominican Republic. Their exposure to another culture encourages them to learn more about themselves and experience how people live in developing nations.
Building Homes Building Hope students and adults live with host families during their stay, immersing themselves in the culture, conversing in Spanish, and sharing daily activities with local residents.
The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, and is among the poorest nations in the Caribbean. The per capita annual income is equivalent to an estimated US $6,000. The island's biggest industries are sugar and tourism.
Although individuals often say the trip's goal is to improve Dominicans' housing conditions, they also learn first-hand about the nature of poverty and how they can make a meaningful contribution when they return to their own community.