DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CARIBBEAN SERVICE ADVENTURE

The Caribbean awaits! Tropical seas, white sand beaches and mystical blue cenotes are ready to be discovered. Appreciate the beauty, history and people of the island as you support development efforts in Caribbean communities.

Highlights

FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: CARIBBEAN SERVICE ADVENTURE PROGRAM

  • Enjoy white sand beaches just a short walk away from Home Base
  • Swim in the natural caves and mystical blue cenotes of Dudu Lagoon
  • Hike beautiful Mt. Brison to reveal a remote mountain village hideaway
  • Snorkel in the Caribbean Sea among multi-colored fish and spectacular marine life
  • Build safer homes and community centers for underserved families
  • Learn about the complex division of the DR and Haiti on the island

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CARIBBEAN SERVICE ADVENTURE

Program Overview

On this program you will take in the island’s idyllic ocean vistas and lush tropical canopies. The Dominican Republic is a travel destination famous for its resorts, but go beyond the tourist towns and you’ll discover that much of the country is distinctly rural, and true beauty lies in everyday village scenes where local hospitality and untouched habitats can be appreciated. During your time on the island, you will also volunteer with 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.


Click here to view a short video from our service partner, 7 Elements, about the small community we will be doing service with this summer. It’s called La Colonia, and the video goes into detail about the community, the issues they face, and how we can help.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CARIBBEAN SERVICE ADVENTURE

Community Service

Beyond its world-famous coastline lies a very different Dominican Republic. Still awe-inspiring, but full of need. Much of the island isn’t developed sufficiently, shining a light on areas where volunteers are needed to to help improve living conditions in local neighborhoods. Construct community buildings, homes or schools using sustainable building materials and methods. You might 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. You will be a true islander once you’ve lent a hand where it matters most!

Immersive Learning

Discover the island way of life through exceptional Afro-Caribbean music, dance and its Caribbean-inspired food culture. Explore both pristine Caribbean ecosystems and compare them to island habitats affected by pollution and global warming, as well as human causes. Through profound nightly learning workshops, you’ll also learn about how communities come together to take collective action. Think how shared issues such as poverty and climate change can be overcome, and collaborate with your peers on working toward a better, brighter future for all. Your time here will reveal how sustainable development makes a crucial difference in our ever-changing world.

Adventure

Picture it. Hundreds of miles of pure Caribbean coastline. Unspoiled ocean views. White sand beaches you can sink your toes into. Tropical trees, stunning cliffs and mystical blue cenotes that seem to appear as if out of a dream. And countless stars in the evening sky twinkling just above you. Adventure is everywhere to be found in the Dominican Republic, and you’ll have no shortage of opportunities to explore this hidden gem of the Caribbean. Take a boat ride in the sea over crystal clear waters  and enjoy the warm ocean temperatures not found in northern climates. Join our snorkeling expedition, where you’ll discover marine ecosystems unique to the Caribbean. You’ll also visit Dudu Lagoon, an impressive ecological park where you can see up-close those rare and wonderful cenotes everyone has been talking about. And don’t forget to take a swim in a natural cave while you’re here! In the lush, rural interior of the island, you will also hike Mt. Brisón to a remote village, where daily life on the mountain will be revealed to you.

Lodging

Your Home Base on the coast of the Dominican Republic is a real treasure! Only a short walk away from the ocean and its white sand beaches, you’ll be spending plenty of time beachside on this program. As for overnight accommodations, you’ll be staying at a beautiful rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. You will also have access to a swimming pool onsite for free time fun. 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.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CARIBBEAN SERVICE ADVENTURE

Dates & Tuition

Everything you need to know before you apply.

10-Day Program
Ages 14-19
2021 Dates
JUN 18 – JUN 27, 2021
JUN 30 – JUL 09, 2021
JUL 12 – JUL 21, 2021
JUL 24 – AUG 02, 2021
AUG 05 – AUG 14, 2021
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $2,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
Lodging: Ecolodge
10-Day Program
Ages 14-19
2022 Dates
JUN 12 – JUN 21, 2022
JUN 24 – JUL 03, 2022
JUL 06 – JUL 15, 2022
JUL 18 – JUL 27, 2022
JUL 30 – AUG 08, 2022
AUG 11 – AUG 20, 2022
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $2,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
Lodging: Ecolodge

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

To save your spot, a $600 deposit and $95 application fee are required.

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EXPERT LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
SAFE
TRANSPORTATION
HEALTHY MEALS
& PURE WATER
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EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CARIBBEAN SERVICE ADVENTURE

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