Oh The Places You Will Go

Since 2010, I have embarked on three international missionary trips – two one-week trips to the Dominican Republic and one three-month internship in Costa Rica. I have found that I love using art and photography as a teaching tool and working within Spanish-speaking communities. As my fourth trip nears, I am thinking a lot about the students and friends I have had along the way. The students I had in Costa Rica are still always on my mind and in my heart. They taught me so much about life. I am also thinking about what camera equipment I want to use when I go to Honduras this June with my church. This week, I ordered 35mm color negative film to use in my Canon AE-1 Program on this trip. I am really excited to be teaching kids and working with my peers, but I am also really looking forward to what images I will come away with.

35mm film: Coca-Cola Triptych

Let’s take a look back on my previous trips….

Dominican Republic 2010

On this trip, I joined a team from college and we traveled to a base outside of Jarabacoa. We joined other teams at the base and split off to different work sites. I worked with the art group. We painted murals in a community called El Callejon and taught an art lesson at a school in Mata Gorda.

Elyse and DR artist
El Callejon Motorcycles

Loving Hand
Don't Worry, Be Happy Dominican Dinner
Butterfly Art Lesson

Dominican Republic 2011

This trip was similar to my one in 2010 – my team went to the same city to work with the same staff. The art group from the base worked at a new location this year – we painted a mural at a church and played with the kids who were on recess from school.

The Shadow Proves The Sunshine Iglesia

Remember Me

Mi Amigo I thank my God every time I remember you. (Philippians 1:3)

#1 Cause of Death

Like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Costa Rica 2011

I traveled alone to Costa Rica and joined staff there that is focusing on mentoring kids and adults in the San Jose communities. I worked with the Los Guido community through a small photography program and also partly through a woodshop program. I taught Tican and American students how to use film cameras and develop their own film in our little darkroom. It was a challenging and rewarding three months. I’ll never forget the relationships I forged with my students.

Colors of Costa Rica


35mm film: View of Los Guido with Friends

35mm film: Woodshop Students

35mm film: Centro de Fotografía

35mm film: Buckets To Fill

35mm film: Dustin con los chicos

35mm film: Agua, por favor.

35mm film: Isaac

Honduras will bring a whole new adventure – new friends, new experiences, new places – and I greatly look forward to going there with my team. We will be working with middle school and high school aged students. This trip will be led through a different organization than I have previously traveled with, so I do not really know what to expect. I am sure I will have lots to tell!

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