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Dominican Republic: Sports Service Adventure

Dominican Republic: Sports Service Adventure

Plunge into a mecca of action sports, from cliff diving to surfing to kiteboarding.

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Highlights

  • Try your hand at kiteboarding or surfing in Cabarete
  • Refurbish community sports facilities in underserved neighborhoods
  • Learn about the intersection of sports with health in developing countries
  • Zipline or cliff dive into a natural lagoon
  • Hike, slide, swim and jump your way down the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua

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Overview

Get ready to work and play your heart out as you explore the Dominican Republic in two ways: through sports and service. Sports are a central part of Dominican culture, whether in the form of baseball, the most popular sport in the country today, or an action sport centered around the endless supply of palm-fringed beaches and warm, mild surf. Between volunteering with energetic local children and learning to harness the winds for a kiteboarding adventure, staying active this summer will be easy—and unforgettable.

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Community Service

Whether you’re a star athlete or simply a passionate enthusiast, a sports lover like you knows that the true power of the game lies in uniting communities, developing resilience, building confident leaders and inspiring healthy lifestyles. This is no truer in the Western world than it is in developing countries. In the Dominican Republic, you’ll work on physical projects to improve sports facilities for youth in at-risk communities—refurbish a local ballpark or basketball court, or help construct the new hangout for neighborhood youth. No matter your project, you’ll be building infrastructure that supports residents’ health and joy beyond their home and school lives. Take breaks during service to scrimmage and play pickup games with the local children. Try to keep up with their energy and passion!

Hands-On Learning

You’ll learn how sports, social conventions and community infrastructure all intersect to promote overall health in developing countries, especially for youth. Your community service projects will be supported with workshops and discussions that demonstrate how creating time and structure for sports in children’s lives strengthens communities. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying health and social issues through the lens of sports in the Dominican Republic.

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Adventure

For adrenaline junkies and outdoor adventurers, the north coast of the Dominican Republic is an endless playground. Go stand-up paddleboarding and snorkeling in the Caribbean, and zipline straight into the turquoise Dudu Lagoon. Hike Mt. Brison and the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, and take a thrilling plunge into the crystal pools below. And of course, visit Cabarete, known internationally as the Caribbean’s adventure-sports capital. Choose between surfing or kiteboarding, a burgeoning sport that is truly exhilarating—even beginners can be shot up into the air by their kites as they skate along the waves.

Lodging

The GLA Home Base is a rustic ecolodge built from locally available materials in the style of the Taíno Indians. There is a small swimming pool and home is literally steps from the beach. Students will have four to six roommates per room. Bathrooms have Western style toilets and cold-water showers. Food will be healthy and locally grown consisting 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: Sports Service Adventure 14-Day Program
Jun 22 - Jul 5, 2017
Jul 8 - Jul 21, 2017
Jul 24 - Aug 6, 2017
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
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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