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Transformative Travel Program – Dominican Republic

Rhode Island Charity Builds Hope and Creates Smiles in the Dominican Republic Through Transformative Mindfulness Service Program

A Summer Service Program That Transforms Lives

Providence, Rhode Island for immediate release, July 10, 2019, Eleven Americans traveled to the Dominican Republic from June 24-30 to work hand in hand with local Dominican families and volunteers with the goal of building a home for a family living in dire poverty.  Additionally, the transformational travel service program offers a unique combination of mindfulness, service learning, cultural immersion and creative engagement programs to empower, educate and inspire women and children living in poverty. The transformation service travel program called Take A Trip, Change a Life is facilitated by Caritas Smile, a Rhode Island nonprofit dedicated to empowering women and children in the U.S. and developing countries.

Gina Johnson, a US-based Business Coach said  “I have dreamed about going on a service trip for 30 years, and Caritas Smile exceeded my expectations. The trip was perfectly arranged with the right balance of service, mindfulness, laughter, gratitude, and adventure. I never thought I would be making an impact while changing my own perspective. I felt as though I was the one receiving. It truly was a magical transformational trip that continually challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone and enjoy every minute of it.”


The next Take A Trip Change A Life Program will take place from January 2-10, 2020 to the Dominican Republic. 

Sixcia Devine, Caritas Smile’s Creative Director, and Founder said, “We are fortunate to live in a country of such abundance. But for many people, living outside of the U.S simple resources like a solid floor, clean water can make a world of difference. Our goal this year, in the U.S., is to actively connect companies, communities, and individuals with real experiences through our Take a Trip Change a Life transformational travel program. Creating cultural bridges through education, networking, travel, and technology are the keys to success.



ABOUT: Caritas Smile is unique among charities in that it operates programs both domestically and internationally, in a manner that is both intended to be interrelated and mutually reinforcing. The overarching mandate is to help children and women fulfill their potential to be agents of change. Typically, most organizations would serve primarily a domestic or international mandate. Caritas Smile serves both.

Caritas Smile is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to empowering, educating, women and children worldwide. Caritas Smile provides comprehensive programs for social entrepreneurship, service learning, and active citizenship. The Take a Trip Change a Life Transformational Travel program inspires volunteers to engage with local communities while learning a new language and culture first hand.

The mission of Caritas Smile is to INSPIRE, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER women and children worldwide.