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Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure

Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure

Appreciate the beauty, history and people of the island as you support development efforts in rural communities.


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  • Build safer homes and community centers for underserved families.
  • Hike Mt. Brison to a remote village and learn about daily life on the mountain.
  • Snorkel in the Caribbean among the multi-colored fish
  • Learn about the complex division of the DR and Haiti
  • Swim in the natural caves and cenotes of Dudu Lagoon

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Take in the island’s lush interior and idyllic ocean vistas. The Dominican Republic is a travel destination famous for its resorts, but go beyond the tourist towns 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.

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Community Service

Beyond its beach resorts lies a very different Dominican Republic—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. Construct community buildings, homes and schools using sustainable building materials and methods. You might also tackle other ongoing projects, such as ensuring families have access to a clean water supply and safe cooking methods, or planting trees for reforestation.

Hands-On Learning

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.

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Hundreds of miles of coastline define the DR—White-sand beaches, tropical trees and stunning cliffs. Take a boat ride over clear, warm water and join our snorkeling expedition, where you’ll discover marine ecosystems unique to the Caribbean. You’ll also visit Dudu Lagoon, an impressive ecological park where you can discover blue cenotes and take a 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 shared 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
2020 Dates
Jun 18 - Jun 27, 2020
Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2020
Jul 12 - Jul 21, 2020
Jul 24 - Aug 2, 2020
Aug 6 - Aug 15, 2020
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $2,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 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
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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for families and friends.

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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.

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