WestJet Live Different Builds

WestJet employees from across Canada immerse themselves in an impoverished Dominican Republic community to build new homes for five deserving families.

Watch as we bring a snowy Canadian Christmas to a community in the Dominican Republic.

Meet the five families we helped in 2013 and see the impact this meaningful program makes.

In 2012, WestJet launched our international community investment initiative, WestJet Live Different Builds (formerly WestJet Hero Holiday), organized in partnership with Canadian charity Live Different.

A 10-day humanitarian trip to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Live Different Builds is a life-changing initiative where 50 WestJetters immerse themselves in the local community of Nuevo Renacer and build new homes for families living in extreme poverty. Since our inaugural trip in April 2012, more than 250 WestJetters have participated in five trips, building a total of 28 homes for 28 deserving families. They have also made significant enhancements to the local community, including purchasing land for a new club for boys and girls, equipment for a local medical clinic, underwriting the salary of a doctor to be at the clinic three days a week for a year, and refurbishing basketball courts for local youth.

Through WestJet Live Different Builds we are able to bring our caring culture to one of the most impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic.

About Live Different

Live Different was established as a Canadian charity in 2000, and began to operate internationally in 2005. From the very beginning they have been passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people they encounter through their youth empowerment presentations, humanitarian build programs, and leadership development opportunities. Over the past 16 years they have spoken to over 1.2 million students, built over 500 homes, schools, and other projects, as well as have mentored over 4,500 students, interns, and volunteers.

Live Different is committed to inspiring those around us to embrace hope and change, starting with their own lives. For more information visit livedifferent.com.

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