Local teens help build houses in the Dominican Republic

Lisa Goudy
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Brooke Williamson stands with the family outside their new home in Arroyo Seco.

After spending a month in the Dominican Republic building houses, Steven Martyniuk and Brooke Williamson couldn’t have learned more.

“It was so amazing to see a different part of the world, to see how pretty much the majority of the world has to live,” said Martyniuk, 18. “(We) learned so much about different cultures and different personalities and different leadership skills. I’ve never learned more in my life.”

“You don’t have to be anyone special or know anything. You can go there completely clueless about construction or what’s happening in the Dominican Republic,” added Williamson, 17. “It’s all just a learning experience and anyone can do it.”

Martyniuk and Williamson were gone from July 2 to 28. They interned with the charity Live Different. Through the charity, people can choose to go to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico and Thailand.

During their internship, they oversaw two groups working on houses for 10 days per group. The number of participants over the two trips was around 200.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Dominican Republic, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Haiti, Mexico, Thailand

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