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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

  • Choose to focus on one of two tracks: Global Health or Community Impact
  • Implement sustainable development projects
  • Explore freshwater lagoons and underwater caverns
  • Snorkel over coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea
  • 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. On this Spring Break program, you’ll have the opportunity to see beyond its 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.

When enrolling for this program, choose to focus on one of two tracks: Global Health, or Community Impact. The track you choose will determine the focus of your experience and your community service projects.

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Community Service

Global Health Track

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. Shadow members of a medical brigade at a skills training session, and work on a water filter or sanitation project, which target some of the leading causes of poor health.

Community Impact Track

Work on constructing “bottle buildings,” part of an innovative, ongoing project that provides safer housing options for rural Dominican families. Bottle building construction turns used plastic bottles into a highly insulating, robust, affordable building material, which simultaneously tackles issues of unemployment, waste and lack of housing. You might work on building a family home, school, clinic or other community building.

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. Glide over the Caribbean on a boat ride 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.

Lodging

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 Western-style 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 Service Adventure 8-Day Program (Community Development Track)
2019 Dates
Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2019
Mar 16 - Mar 23, 2019
Mar 23 - Mar 30, 2019
Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2019
Apr 6 - Apr 13, 2019
Apr 13 - Apr 20, 2019
Duration: 8 days
Tuition: $1,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
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
Dominican Republic: Spring Break Service Adventure 8-Day Program (Global Health Track)
2019 Dates
Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2019
Mar 16 - Mar 23, 2019
Mar 23 - Mar 30, 2019
Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2019
Apr 6 - Apr 13, 2019
Apr 13 - Apr 20, 2019
Duration: 8 days
Tuition: $1,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
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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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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