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Dominican Republic: Sports Service Adventure

Dominican Republic: Sports Service Adventure

Plunge into a mecca of action sports, from waterfall hikes to surfing to kiteboarding.


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

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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 trying your hand at kiteboarding and surfing, 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 hobbyist, a sports lover like you knows that the true power of the game lies in uniting communities, developing resilience, building confidence 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

How do sports, social conventions and community infrastructure all intersect to promote overall health in developing countries? Participate in workshops and discussions that answer this question and demonstrate how creating programs and structure for youth sports can truly strengthen communities everywhere. Take a day to hike Mt. Brisón to a remote village, and learn about the daily lives of families and children who reside on the mountain. This program takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying communities, health and social issues through the lens of sports in the Dominican Republic.

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For adrenaline junkies and outdoor adventurers, the north coast of the Dominican Republic is an endless playground. Swim in the blue cenotes of Lago Dudu and explore the 27 Waterfalls, taking a thrilling plunge into their crystal pools. And of course, visit Cabarete, known internationally as the Caribbean’s adventure-sports capital. Learn to paddle out on your surfboard, pop up and trim across gentle waves. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn introductory kitesurfing skills on one of the most famous kitesurfing beaches in the world. 


Home Base is a rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. The beach is a short walk away, and students have access to a swimming pool onsite. Rooms accommodate up to six students, and have Western-style bathrooms and 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: Sports Service Adventure 14-Day Program
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,599
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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