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On Sunday night, Block A debriefing concluded with an emotional candle lighting ceremony where the AMIGOS volunteers, staff, and partner agency representatives reflected on their AMIGOS journey and gave thanks for their new home here in the Dominican Republic. As their adventure-filled experience came to a close, the participants finished their last day in San Juan with a trip to El Quemaito, a gorgeous beach on the outskirts of the city. Here, they enjoyed the warm Caribbean waters and beautiful beachside view. During debriefing, the volunteers also had the opportunity to learn from local experts about a semi-precious gem called Larimar, which is unique the Barahona province of the Dominican Republic.

On behalf of the entire Barahona project team, we wish the volunteers the best of luck in their future endeavors and commend them for their courage to get out of their element and explore a new culture, language, and lifestyle this summer. ¡Hasta Pronto!