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Earlier this year, 12 doctoral students from Harvard University visited the Dominican Republic as Global Village trip participants. The honor students — who represented law, neurosurgery, political science and other concentrations of study — built and painted two houses that two Dominican families in the city of San Juan de la Maguana will soon call home.

“It is really gratifying to actually witness the progress of what you’ve done,” says Alex Stein, Habitat Harvard’s chapter co-director “Everybody should do it. One of the highlights of the trip is the cultural interaction. You can build a house anywhere, but building here surrounded by the warmth of the locals — all gathered around you and knowing you are really making a difference — makes it meaningful.”

In addition to their build activities, the students visited the Presidential Palace and met with political representatives to discuss Dominican housing matters.