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Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™

Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™

Volunteer on critical building projects, including two from start-to-finish, that tackle global issues at the local level for Dominican families and their community.


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  • Build latrines for a nearby community to promote health, sustainability and environmental security
  • Tour the capital city of Santo Domingo
  • Go on a white water rafting adventure
  • Visit Dajabon Market
  • Go for an ocean boat ride and snorkel in crystal blue waters
  • Learn about the US Peace Corps and visit a local Peace Corps site

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Pull on your work gloves—this program will immerse you in hands-on, humanitarian projects for underserved communities. Beyond its resorts, endless beaches and reputation as a Caribbean vacation island, the Dominican Republic is truly complex. Living on the country’s northern coast, a pristine and untouched region far off the tourist track, you’ll be participate in sustainable solutions to combat social and environmental issues.

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Community Service

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. Construct latrines to promote sanitation and improve conditions for those in the community. You may 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

Through your service work and nightly seminars, you’ll learn about how communities come together to take collective action against shared issues such as poverty and climate change. We'll discuss how health and community development are related, and how to implement solutions for lasting success. Visit a bustling market town on the border of Haiti, where you'll learn about lingering intercultural issues as well as experience daily life on a border between nations. Be a part of the vibrant Dominican culture through traditional afro-Caribbean music and dance and local dishes.

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Unspoiled destinations await your exploration, including miles of coastline and lush jungles. You'll embark upon a challenging day hike of Mt. Brison, which will reward you with beautiful views of the island. A white water rafting excursion and a relaxing beach afternoon are also on the agenda. Spend a day at Dudu Ecological Park, where you can swim in clear blue cenotes. Explore the colonial architecture of Santo Domingo with a city tour.


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: Building a Sustainable World™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2020 Dates
Jun 16 - Jul 6, 2020
Jul 10 - Jul 30, 2020
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
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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