YOUR TEEN WILL SEE THE WORLD WITH NEW EYES
Three student houses, eight staff houses, chapel, school building, dining pavilion, group and individual counseling offices, parent/guest housing, missions team housing, administrative building & laundry room.
Colmado (the camp store), gym, basketball court, game room, soccer field, priceless Caribbean landscape & views.
OUR NEIGHBORSIn the United States, our culture is very “me-focused.” We have social media pages centered all around our individual lives; our younger generations, in particular, are obsessed with taking “selfies”; as a whole, Americans are generally known for being self-centered. The culture of the area surrounding our CMA facility, in contrast, is very relational. There are many people who live in poverty, but their culture doesn’t center around material things. Dominicans are happy with very little. They may not have a lot of luxuries but they do have fulfilling close-knit communities. This is a breath of fresh air for the students who were previously immersed in a culture that is hungry for this type of community. The teens get to meet locals like Maria, who lives in a one-to-two-room cinder block house and is still joyful about life. People like Maria help our students see the world through new eyes, which also gives our teens a fresh perspective on their own struggles. Students are even more distanced from the American culture because they are provided an opportunity to be away from all technology and social media. Their only online presence is through locked web pages for school work and emails to parents. With the absence of social media distractions, students naturally gravitate toward building relationships with the people around them.
HOW STUDENTS INTERACT WITH THE CULTUREAt Caribbean Mountain Academy, our students interact with the local culture in several different ways: Off-campus, students participate in a variety of service projects. Students are accompanied on service projects by visiting mission teams. Weekly, adventure-based activities.
SERVICE PROJECTS & MISSIONSThe biggest differentiator of Caribbean Mountain Academy’s program is the service work within the local community. No other program has the access to the life-changing mission work as CMA does. We host 400+ mission participants each year. These missions’ teams serve alongside our students and partner with local pastors and community leaders to assist them in meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the people around us. For most American teens who are very wealthy compared to the rest of the world, these opportunities provide a worldview shift, allowing them to learn and appreciate the blessings they have, and also how to use those blessings to help others!
PAST SERVICE PROJECTS INCLUDE:
Teaching English at a local school Helping out at a vacation bible school for kids Assisting with a local baseball camp Building Houses, Roads & Basketball Courts Serving in the local community Building projects on campus
STUDENT ACTIVITIES In addition to service projects, students have weekly activities that allow them to enjoy the island in a more relaxed or adventurous manner, such as: Day Hikes Local Waterfalls Pico Duarte (Week-Long Hike) Swimming at local pools & river Horseback Riding Beach Trips Sports (Soccer, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Running) Movies and Outings to nearby cities 27 Waterfalls Game Room (carpet ball and ping pong) Gym time Local Tourist Attractions (Smoothie stand, experiencing local cuisine & much more!) Prospective parents often come to us with safety concerns. This is understandable. You care deeply for your child and you want to make sure they’re being taken care of. Rest assured, we want that for your child as well. Many parents have benefited from visiting campus before their student arrives. When these parents have seen the campus and the staff involvement, they’ve had fewer worries. For those parents who haven’t been able to see the program firsthand yet, these are some ways we ensure safety in our therapeutic boarding school.