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Dominican Republic: Spring Break Global Health Initiative™

Dominican Republic: Spring Break Global Health Initiative™

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


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  • Shadow local medical professionals and lend a hand on public health projects in the community
  • Explore freshwater lagoons and underwater caverns
  • Snorkel over coral reefs
  • Learn to dance merengue and bachata

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On this program you will have the opportunity to see beyond the Dominican Republic's well-known tourist destinations and work directly with rural communities. Learn the challenges Dominicans 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 lively Caribbean culture and stunning natural surroundings, from coral reefs to palm-fringed beaches.

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Community Service

Visit a number of community projects that will expose you to healthcare implementation in developing countries. Gain field experience by helping set up a rural pop-up clinic, where community members can go to have various health checkups and assessments done. Learn how to take vital signs at a skills training session and work to construct latrines out of recycled plastic bottles for families in a rural community to help improve sanitation and health of community members.

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 various cultural workshops. In addition, through service and evening seminars, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how health, environmental and community insecurities intersect.

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Glide over crystal blue water via boat and dive into the sea for snorkeling over multicolored coral and fish. You’ll also visit a beautiful ecological park, where you can explore mystical blue cenotes and swim in a natural cave. Spend an afternoon on a secluded tropical beach, a prime location for enjoying the sand and sun; shop for souvenirs from local craftsmen.


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 shared 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: Spring Break Global Health Initiative
2020 Dates
Mar 8 - Mar 15, 2020
Mar 15 - Mar 22, 2020
Mar 22 - Mar 29, 2020
Mar 29 - Apr 5, 2020
Apr 5 - Apr 12, 2020
Apr 12 - Apr 19, 2020
Duration: 8 days
Tuition: $2,099
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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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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