Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure


Appreciate the beauty, history and people of the island as you support development efforts in rural communities.
  • Build safer homes and community centers for underserved families
  • Hike Mt. Brison to a remote village and learn about daily life on the mountain
  • Snorkel in the Caribbean among the multi-colored fish and diverse sea life
  • Learn about the complex division of the DR and Haiti
  • Swim in the natural caves and cenotes of Dudu Lagoon

Please Note: Global Leadership Adventures will be running separately operated sessions for participants ages 14-19 and ages 18-24. Some minor changes may be implemented for the 18-24 sessions. However, most activities will be the same as described below.

On This Program you will...

Take in the island’s lush interior and idyllic ocean vistas. 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 can be appreciated. 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.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Beyond its world-famous coastline lies a very different Dominican Republic—awe-inspiring, but full of need. Much of the DR isn’t developed sufficiently, shining a lot on areas where volunteers are needed to to help better life in underserved neighborhoods. Construct community buildings, homes and 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.

Immersive Learning

Sustainable development is crucial for all civilizations in our changing world. Through your service work and nightly seminars, you’ll learn in depth about how communities come together to take collective action against shared issues: poverty, climate change, lack of quality healthcare and education, discrimination and more. You’ll discuss what makes solutions sustainable, and how to implement them for lasting success in developing countries. Participate in vibrant Dominican culture—a mix of indigenous, African and European—through music, dance and everyday community life.


Hundreds of miles of coastline define this island nation — white-sand beaches, tropical trees and stunning cliffs. Take a boat ride over clear, warm water and 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 discover blue cenotes and take a swim in a natural cave. In the lush, rural interior of the DR, hike Mt. Brisón to a remote village and learn about daily life on the mountain.


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 improving the communities children depend on?
  • Make a difference as a teen volunteer in the lives of children in-need through meaningful service
  • Connect with a new culture and make friends with like-minded interests
  • Go on excursions and explore everything that makes the destination you choose special
  • Leave a lasting impact that will have a positive effect on the community for years to come

Dates & Tuition

Dominican Republic

Caribbean Service Adventure

10-Day Program
Ages 14-19
2021 Dates
 June 18 – June 27, 2021
 June 30 – July 9, 2021
 July 12 – July 21, 2021
 July 24 – August 2, 2021
August 5 – August 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
10-Day Program
Ages 18-24
2021 Dates
 June 7 – June 16, 2021
 July 12 – July 21, 2021
 August 4 – August 13, 2021
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $2,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 18-24
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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
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary Medical and Evacuation 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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