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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Tours Home and Abroad
The Philadelphia Orchestra Asia Anniversary Tour
The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and Alondra de la Parra Mexico Tour and Latin Grammys
London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev Invite the Choral Arts Society of Washington for Mahler's 8th Symphony
The Cascade Youth Orchestra Cruises on Home from Scandinavia
The Pacific BoyChoir Takes On a 17 Day-8 Concert Tour to Argentina
Minnesota Orchestra Wows New York
4 Triumphant Tours to Italy
Italy Applauds the Children's Chorus of Washington
Melodia! South American Music Festival an Absolute Success!
2008 Rhapsody! International Music Festival a Hit!
Summer 2009 is the Inaugural Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival
The Young People's Chorus of NYC and the University Glee Club of NYC Engage Canada
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and "Genius" Violinist Captivate Chicago
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Astounds Asia
Russia Rejoices the Hong Kong Children's Choir
South Africa Celebrates Florida's Singing Sons BoyChoir
Northwestern College Returns from Australia
Home, Health and Heart: Yale Dominican Republic Service Tour
The University of Manitoba Singers Return from a Successful Tour to Argentina
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SELLS OUT Carnegie Hall & the Kennedy Center with Leonard Bernstein's "Mass"
Home, Health and Heart: Yale Dominican Republic Service Tour
Changing Lives in the Dominican Republic through Service

Voluntoursim at its best, in March, nearly 100 Yale alumni, current students, and friends gathered in the Dominican Republic to participate in the inaugural Yale Service Tour 2008: Home, Health, and Heart. The trip was organized by the Association of Yale Alumni in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Orlando and the people of the San Juan province of the Dominican Republic.

In the tradition of Sergeant Schreiber of the Peace Corps, the Association of Yale Alumni constructed new, quality homes, presented medical clinics, and provided educational enrichment for children.

The picturesque but undeveloped mountain village of La Cucarita is located just south of Pico Duarte, the highest peak in the Caribbean. The village is a rough three hour drive from San Juan along mountain roads, paths, and creek beds. The participants stayed in a volunteer dormitory with six small rooms, two bunk beds in each. The dorm had a modern kitchen for food preparation. There was running water for bathing, but they had to use outdoor latrines. Electricity was sporadic at best, and there were no phones or TVs. There they worked with a school for several days. This elementary school was built several years ago by volunteers, yet the local native teachers are only able to offer the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. A team of 24 Yale volunteers traveled to La Cucarita and offered a dynamic arts enrichment program for these schoolchildren-from visual arts to music, dance, and an array of craft activities.

The next volunteer crew completed the construction of 60 new homes for local residents from Caņafistol, whose entire village was being relocated to Vallejuelo from a flood plain. This work was carried out under a plan similar to Habitat for Humanity-local residents are required to invest sweat and equity in the construction of their homes, and are also required to take out small mortgages to provide working capital for other housing projects.

The third group of Doctors and nurses and volunteers traveled to remote villages and offered clinical and diagnostic services to people in desperate need, and helped distribute donated medical supplies as well as medical exams. This service project was for the adventurous as they had to camp. The medical volunteer group traveled to remote but well-trafficked areas, often by hiking as well as by vehicle. The expedition was led by experienced medical personnel who were familiar with the region and had previously visited the villages.

  • 60 Homes completed with stucco finish
  • 18 Cabinets built and installed in homes
  • 15 Formica countertops installed in kitchens
  • 42 Shelves cut with 15 installed in homes
  • 12 Homes with installed door hardware
  • 5 Homes completely wired

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