HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's Spring Break and that means a trip to the beach or a resort for many families in the Tennessee Valley.
But for about three dozen people of a Huntsville church, Spring Break means a trip to a third world country to help the less fortunate.
It's been several days since they left the chilly weather and their beautiful church in Huntsville to head to a much warmer climate where many people live without basic necessities.
"It has resort areas and then it also has areas of dire poverty," said Amy McBroom, Program Ministries Director for Trinity United Methodist Church.
She said about 41 adults and high school students from left last Saturday, March 22nd, to spend their Spring Break doing mission work in Dominican Republic.
She said the team is keeping in touch through Facebook, posting pictures of their experiences.
It cost each person $1,500 to make the trip.
"The types of projects that they're doing are sanitation in the sugar cane field, building a church and also helping with batays, which are the homes there, just minor repairs," said McBroom.
They've partnered with the non-profit "Rivers Of the World" or "ROW" and come prepared to bring light to the people, even if there's no electricity.
"ROW has Bibles that are solar-powered," said McBroom. "So for the places that don't have electricity, they can still read their Bible. It's very small, it's fascinating gadget that they have. and then they also have solar powered lightbulbs."
She added that going into a third world country often brings culture shock that can be positively transformational for all involved.
Already, they're planning a second trip to Dominican Republic later this year.
The group plans to do a Skype session Wednesday night at the church's fellowship hall so parents can talk to their teenagers and the people they're working with.
The group is due to return to Huntsville this Saturday, March 29th.