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Dominican Republic: Spring Break Service Adventure

Dominican Republic: Spring Break Service Adventure

Meaningful service. Tropical countryside. This is Spring Break off the beaten path.

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Highlights

  • Implement sustainable development projects
  • Explore freshwater lagoons and underwater caverns
  • Snorkel over coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea
  • Explore pristine beaches
  • Learn to dance merengue and bachata from Dominican locals

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Overview

The Dominican Republic is home to the world’s most enchanting beaches and a dynamic local population. Unlike other high school spring break programs, you’ll have the opportunity to see beyond its well-known tourist destinations and work directly with rural communities. Learn the challenges they face to access daily necessities through a range of community service projects that promote healthier living and sustainable development. Participate in high-impact service while enjoying the DR’s lively Caribbean culture and its stunning natural beauty, from coral reefs to white sand beaches.

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Community Service

Projects will focus on sustainable development, including the construction of homes, schools and much-needed community buildings using recycled materials. Depending on the needs of the community, work on various other initiatives to improve the health of the community. You might distribute and monitor water filtration systems, install clean-burning cooking stoves, or build vertical gardens for sustainable food production. By spending time with local communities, you’ll be a friend and role model to young children who have limited exposure to the rest of the world.

Hands-On Learning

The Dominican Republic has a rich culture that combines African, indigenous and European traditions. Learn about the vibrant Dominican culture through interactions with its lively merengue and bachata music, and conversation with locals living in the mountain villages and coastal communities. In addition, through service and evening seminars, you’ll gain a deep understanding of sustainability and how development can happen in harmony with the environment.

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Adventure

This program takes you away from the typical tourist resorts of the Dominican Republic and exposes you to regular life in a rural part of the country. You’ll be welcomed into the local community while you dance to the beats of merengue and bachata music with local children. Glide over the Caribbean on a boat ride and dive in for snorkeling over coral and fish. You’ll also visit a freshwater lagoon where you can zipline into the water and soak in the crystal blue pools.

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: Spring Break Service Adventure 8-Day Program (2018)
2018 Dates
Mar 3 - Mar 10, 2018
Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17 - Mar 24, 2018
Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018
Mar 31 - Apr 7, 2018
Apr 7 - Apr 14, 2018
Duration: 8 days
Tuition: $1,899
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
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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Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Before going on my service excursion I had never been exposed to a culture other than my own. While in the Dominican Republic, I not only saw rural environments, but urban ones as well. The varying surroundings kept me on my toes and helped me learn about the Dominicans culture as a whole.

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