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Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™

Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™

Dive deep into sustainable development issues and learn to address humanity’s greatest challenges.


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  • Construct safer homes and community buildings in rural areas
  • Meet local leaders and NGOs implementing sustainable intervention programs
  • Visit Bahía de las Águilas, a remote white-sand beach with turquoise water
  • Learn how to dance bachata from Dominican locals
  • Explore a bustling market on the Haitian border
  • Tour the diverse city of Santo Domingo

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Led by Dr. David Addison, Ph.D Global Sustainability, this program will immerse you in humanitarian work 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. Complete a Capstone project guided by your program staff, where you’ll design an action plan to empower change in underserved Dominican communities.

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Community Service

In the rural Dominican Republic, slow development and vulnerability to extreme weather means volunteers are needed on all fronts. You’ll dedicate most of your time to community development projects such as constructing safer homes and much-needed buildings that can be used for community gatherings or running a school. To alleviate local health issues, you might work on organic food production systems or other sustainable agriculture projects, depending on need at the time of your arrival. Your extensive service will make a true difference to the community and bring global issues into your worldview.

Hands-On Learning

In this intensive program, you’ll explore many topics in sustainable development. Through service work and nightly seminars, you will learn about projects in environmental conservation for teens who want to make a difference, and discover how crucial environmental conservation and resource management are to the survival of humanity. You’ll witness firsthand how goals to eradicate poverty and discrimination can either come to fruition or be challenged by community 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, and visit a small town on the border of Haiti, where a bustling market is both an opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind crafts, and to learn about lingering social issues between two cultures.

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The southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic lacks mass tourism, and unspoiled destinations on the island await your exploration. You’ll visit Jaragua National Park and Jarabacoa, two unbeatable spots for gorgeous hiking, and enjoy the remote Bahía de las Águilas, a stretch of protected beach wilderness. Appreciate the results of eco-friendly tourism and sustainability efforts here as you enjoy clear, turquoise water against a pristine coast. In the mountains, Lago Enriquillo welcomes you with countless tropical birds, and rural Cachote with its cloud forest and mountain villages. You’ll also experience upbeat city life in Santo Domingo, exploring its colonial architecture and the unmistakable sounds of Dominican life: merengue and bachata beats.


Home Base is on the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic, on the Biosphere Reserve of Jaragua. Students will have three to four roommates per room, and access to bathrooms with Western style toilets and cold-water showers. Meals will consist of meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fruit. This Home Base is exclusively used by our students and staff.

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Dates & Tuition

Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 14 - Jul 4, 2018
Jul 8 - Jul 28, 2018
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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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

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