Jessica Molloy
Jessica Molloy
Dominican Republic 2019 - 2020
I am traveling to La Vega, Dominican Republic and will be working with New Hope Girls! This is a safe house for girls ages 4-17 seeking refuge from dark and difficult places. I will be the certified teacher on site of the safe house! Read More About Jessica →


Well here we are. Welcome!!! Or shall I say, Bienvenidos a mi blog! My name is Jessica Molloy and I just graduated from Belmont University majoring in Elementary Education as well as Christian Leadership. In a few short days, I will be on a plane heading to the Dominican Republic. This truly has been a dream of mine and now it is becoming reality! Isn’t it crazy how life works?!

I will be the certified teacher on site of a girls safe house in La Vega, Dominican Republic serving the girls in transitional care that aren’t able to go to school yet while their cases are still being litigated. I will be teaching the curriculum of Montessori Methods and Project Based Learning and I could not be more excited!

Some other emotions these past several weeks before leaving include but are not limited to:

– Stoked

– Nervous

– Expectant

– Ready

– Not Ready

– Most of all, grateful

Over the last month, I have been visiting with family and friends to prepare myself for this new journey ahead. As an Enneagram 7, I have been a little nervous about leaving for a year, so I have filled this month with activities to distract me from thinking about moving. Although I am excited, the nerves got the best of me so throughout the months of May and June, I found myself in Phoenix visiting with my beloved friends from middle school, going to my favorite beach with my childhood best friend, packing & reminiscing with my Nash friends, traveling to New York to give my brother one last hug goodbye, & going fast on the boat with my sweet parents. It has been a wonderful two months but I am ready for Republica Dominicana! These pictures show my May and June adventures full of hard goodbyes but many encouraging words they exchanged with me these months. Goodbyes are hard but I know that this is where I am supposed to be right now. Teaching in the Dominican Republic with an organization that values empowerment and healing is a dream come true. I cannot thank Lumos enough for this incredible opportunity placed in front of me. The best is yet to come!

Throughout this process I will be taking you on my journey as I step into the unknown and discover more of the world! I’m up for requests and suggestions on what y’all want to hear but as for now, I’m just waiting to meet my beautiful students!!!

Here is a link to a video about the New Hope Girls organization if you want to learn more!



Sweet goodbyes with my cousins, Christy and Amy and my Aunt Lynn 🙂

Phoenix with my best friend, Vivian! We bonded over poetry and music <3

Left to right: Alyssa (taught me to love fully those around me), me, Leah (taught me to be my authentic self), Mia (taught me the power of passion and standing up for what I believe in), & Julia (taught me how to be fearless during the valleys that life gives us)

Tradition continues of driving to the beach together before I leave! Love spending time with childhood best friend, Michelle!!

Taught Nashville besties how to pick crabs in Annapolis, Maryland (my family’s summer home) Love you, Mallory and Hannah Beth!

Great graduation time with my brothers, Nick and Kev! Hope they visit me in the DR!

Last but certainly not least, the people who raised me and supported me on this journey abroad!

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