Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure
Appreciate the beauty of the island and its people, and be part of sustainable solutions to end its poverty.
- Build safer homes and community centers for underserved families
- Hike Mt. Brisón to a remote village and learn about daily life on the mountain
- Snorkel in the Caribbean among multi-colored fish
- Hike through the island’s lush interior
- Swim in the natural caves and cenotes of Lago Dudu
Riding along rural byways past coconut sellers and corner stores blasting merengue, you’ll take in the island’s lush interior and idyllic ocean vistas. To most visitors, the Dominican Republic is a travel destination famous for its resorts, but go beyond the capital and you’ll discover that much of the country is distinctly rural, and true beauty lies in everyday village scenes where local hospitality can be appreciated. Volunteer with families who have shown grace and resilience in the face of natural disasters and political unrest, and learn the challenges they still face in accessing basic human necessities. You’ll find that the allure of the island becomes almost secondary to the warm spirit and strength of the Dominican people.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
Beyond its beach resorts lies a very different Dominican Republic—still beautiful, but full of need. Much of the DR isn’t developed sufficiently, revealing gaps where volunteers are needed to accelerate initiatives for bettering life in underserved neighborhoods. Projects focus on constructing community buildings, safer homes and schools using sustainable building materials and methods. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might also tackle other ongoing projects, such as ensuring families have access to a clean water supply and safe cooking methods, and planting trees for reforestation.
Sustainable development is crucial for all civilizations in our changing world. Through your service work and nightly seminars, you’ll learn in depth about how communities come together to take collective action against shared issues: poverty, climate change, lack of quality healthcare and education, discrimination and more. You’ll discuss what makes solutions sustainable, and how to implement them for lasting success in developing countries. Participate in vibrant Dominican culture—a mix of indigenous, African and European—through music, dance and everyday community life.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
Hundreds of miles of coastline define the DR—some of it white-sand beaches, other parts lined with dramatic cliffs. Ride a boat over clear, warm water and learn about delicate marine ecosystems while snorkeling. You’ll also visit a beautiful ecological park, Lago Dudu, where you can explore mystical blue cenotes and swim in a natural cave. In the lush, rural interior of the DR, hike Mt. Brisón to a remote village and learn about daily life on the mountain.
Home Base is a rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. The beach is just a short walk away, and students have access to a swimming pool onsite. Students will share rooms with roommates, and have Western-style bathrooms with cold-water showers. Food will be healthy and locally sourced, including meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fresh fruit.
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Dates & Tuition
Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure 10-Day Program
|Jun 11 - Jun 20, 2018|
|Jun 23 - Jul 2, 2018|
|Jul 5 - Jul 14, 2018|
|Jul 17 - Jul 26, 2018|
|Jul 29 - Aug 7, 2018|
- All educational materials
- 3 meals per day
- All in-country transportation
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
- 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
- Secondary medical and travel insurance
- All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
- Pre-departure materials and support
Over the course of my ten days in the Dominican, I helped to build a bottle school, participated in trash cleanups and reforestation projects, and learned how to live with less. We got to work side by side with the villagers, which shows Global Leadership Adventures' true passion in helping out the right way.