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Join Caritas Smile's
Transformative   Program!


Empower Yourself and Others Through Transformational Service Trips

Join Take a Trip, Change a Life, a Caritas Smile Initiative

Are you yearning to explore the world, give back to your community, and make a lasting impact? Take a Trip, Change a Life is your chance to do all three! We're the non-profit arm of Take a Trip Change a Life, and we organize service trips that are designed to be transformative for both the participants and the communities they serve.


Our guiding principle is simple: How can I help? We approach our trips with a servant leadership mindset, putting the needs of others first. You'll gain new skills, build meaningful connections, and discover a deeper sense of purpose while making a positive difference in the world.

Ready to embark on a journey of service and self-discovery?



June 20-June 27: Famlies, Dominican Republic

July 18-24: Dominican Republic

October 24-29: Dominican Republic

When I first heard about this trip from a friend, I thought it sounded great, but it truly exceeded any expectations I had! It is the perfect combination of adventure, service and being immersed into the culture of a foreign country...Read more
This trip had the perfect balance of self care, adventure, giving and community building! Our mornings began with stretching, yoga, mindfulness and journaling overlooking the breathtaking mountains of the DR! Each meal consisted of the of authentic DR foods that were prepared with love and fresh, local ingredients. Our days were packed with random acts of kindness, connecting with local children and families, and supporting local businesses. Read more...

Carrie N. Westconsin, MI

I’d rate my experience a 10 if I could. Caritas Smile trip to Dominican Republic EXCEEDED my expectations. It’s the perfect mix of service, adventure, cultural immersion, yoga/meditation, great food, singing and dancing, community, and FUN! - Read more...

Take a Trip And Change a Life
Experience the Joy of Giving Back While Exploring the World

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Discover the potential you have in the world!  Find clarity and focus. 

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Grow your mind and learn about the country and customs! 

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An unforgetable trip for the heart and soul. Experience mindfulness, and self love.

Our Volunteers Tour
La Presa De Moncion, Dominican Republic

Click below to experience the magic. 

The Monción Dam in the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean's tallest, seamlessly blends cutting-edge technology with environmental sustainability, standing at 119 meters above sea level and serving a dual purpose of hydroelectric power and water supply.

“I believe that each and every one of us has the ability to do something and the thing I promised her mother was that I would use my voice...

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“We are so fortunate to live in a world of material abundance that we take it for granted. This program made me realize how lucky we are in the US. My life's purpose also became clearer and more defined. Thank you Caritas Smile!.”

David Varone, Sr. Project Manager,Architect

"I never thought that spreading love, kindness and hope would be so much fun! Caritas Smile presented me with opportunities to see, feel, experience, and become a part of local and international communities. It allowed me to make a difference in someone's life - an enormous gift one can make for another. I realized that real happiness is counted by the amount of smiles you create on faces of others - that's what Caritas is set to do."

Anya Smith, Entreprenuer,

Peace Corps

"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to embark on such a profound and eye-opening adventure. Caritas Smile is a truly remarkable program, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. I am eagerly anticipating my next adventure with them."

Patricia Gonzales, Leadership Development Coach

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