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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2014
"A group of six Boston College nursing students, one student nurse practitioner, and two faculty members traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of the Global Health Initiative service trip to do community work in the bateyes, small villages surrounding the sugar cane fields. Being the first group in the area, we assessed the health needs of the community and the conditions in which they lived. The people in the communities welcomed us into their homes and talked with us about their health concerns and lack of resources. I made this video to provide a sense of what we did on our trip and to illustrate the challenges and poverty faced every day. That being said, the people living in the bateyes are some on the happiest, most spirited people I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with. Regardless of their hardships, they continue to embody a strong sense of community and an unbreakable bond between families and neighbors. Boston College hopes to return to these communities every year to continue the work we started on this trip." (Video produced by CSON student Sarah Bender)