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Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™

Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™

Volunteer on critical building projects for Dominican communities while learning to address some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

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Highlights

  • Work on innovative projects building homes and schools out of recycled materials
  • Explore topics of environmental conservation and natural resource management
  • Tour the city of Santo Domingo
  • Go on a river rafting trip in Jarabacoa
  • Go for a boat ride and snorkel in crystal blue waters

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Overview

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 southern coast, a pristine and untouched region far off the tourist track, you’ll be introduced to grassroots leaders who are making great progress on sustainable solutions to combat social and environmental issues.

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Community Service

Slow development and vulnerability to extreme weather means volunteers are needed on all fronts. You’ll dedicate most of your time to community infrastructure projects, learning to construct “bottle buildings,” which are part of an innovative, ongoing project that provides safer housing options for rural Dominican families. Bottle building construction turns used plastic bottles into a highly insulating, robust, affordable building material, which simultaneously tackles issues of unemployment, waste and lack of housing. To alleviate local health issues, you might also work on organic food production systems or other sustainable agriculture projects. Your extensive service will make a true difference to the community and bring global issues into your worldview.

Hands-On Learning

Explore various topics in sustainable development: Through service work and nightly seminars, learn how crucial environmental conservation and resource management are to the survival of humanity. Witness firsthand how goals to eradicate poverty and discrimination can either come to fruition or be challenged by social systems. Discuss your experiences in depth, and compare what you see to preconceptions you might have had about the developing world. You’ll also explore vibrant Dominican culture through music, dance and food.

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Adventure

Unspoiled destinations await your exploration in the Dominican Republic, including miles of coastline and lush jungles where you’ll hike and go river rafting. Explore the colonial architecture of Santo Domingo, and visit a town on the border of Haiti, where a bustling market is both an opportunity to shop for crafts and to learn about lingering social issues between the two cultures. Join the Dominicans for a memorable, locals-only meal, with an outing to the restaurant La Boca, a rustic, hidden gem located where the river meets the sea. Accessible by jungle cruise only, this outing will provide adventure and a memorable meal of freshly caught seafood.

Lodging

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: Building a Sustainable World™ 21-Day Program Flagship
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
Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2019 Dates
Jun 14 - Jul 4, 2019
Jul 8 - Jul 28, 2019
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
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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