Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™


Volunteer on critical building projects from start-to-finish that tackle global issues at the local level for Dominican families and their community.
  • Build latrines for a nearby community to promote health, sustainability and environmental security
  • Tour the capital city of Santo Domingo
  • Go on a white water rafting adventure
  • Visit Dajabon Market
  • Go for an ocean boat ride and snorkel in crystal blue waters
  • Learn about the US Peace Corps in the Caribbean and visit a local Peace Corps site

On This Program you will...

See a side of the Dominican Republic that most will never experience. Much of the country is distinctly rural, and true beauty lives in everyday village scenes. Volunteer on projects that support families who have shown grace and resilience in the face of natural disasters and political unrest, and learn the challenges they still face in accessing basic human necessities.

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Community Service

Beyond its beach resorts lies a very different Dominican Republic—still beautiful, but full of need. Much of the DR isn’t developed sufficiently, revealing gaps where volunteers are needed to accelerate initiatives for bettering life in underserved neighborhoods. Construct latrines to promote sanitation and improve conditions for those in the community. You may also tackle other ongoing projects, such as ensuring families have access to a clean water supply and safe cooking methods, or planting trees for reforestation.

Immersive Learning

Through your service work and nightly seminars, you’ll learn about how communities come together to take collective action against shared issues such as poverty and climate change. We’ll discuss how health and community development are related, and how to implement solutions for lasting success. Visit a bustling market town on the border of Haiti, where you’ll learn about lingering intercultural issues as well as experience daily life on a border between nations. Be a part of the vibrant Dominican culture through traditional Afro-Caribbean music and dance and local dishes.


Unspoiled destinations await your exploration, including miles of coastline and lush jungles. You’ll embark upon a challenging day hike of Mt. Brison, which will reward you with beautiful views of the island. A white water rafting excursion and a relaxing beach afternoon are also on the agenda. Spend a day at Dudu Ecological Park, where you can swim in clear blue cenotes. Explore the colonial architecture of Santo Domingo with a city tour.


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.

Program Type

Are you passionate about completing projects that truly make a difference in the community?
  • Build from the ground up on projects that directly affect the daily lives of locals
  • Work alongside local organizations who promote sustainable building initiatives in the community
  • Improve public health by completing much needed infrastructure projects
  • Be innovative by utilizing sustainable materials to meet community needs

Dates & Tuition

Dominican Republic

Building a Sustainable World™

21-Day Flagship Program
2021 Dates
 July 10 – July 30, 2021
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
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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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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