Dominican Republic: Global Health Initiative™


Provide medical, educational, and development support to rural Dominican communities – all crucial pieces of the public health puzzle.
  • Gain fieldwork experience that will introduce you to public health and medicine
  • Talk with health and medical professionals about health access in rural communities
  • Discuss the intersection of global health with political, economic and environmental systems
  • Work on ongoing sanitation projects
  • Go for a boat ride and snorkel in crystal blue waters
  • Swim in the natural caves and cenotes of Dudu Lagoon

On This Program you will...

Challenge your preconceptions of health by learning about the differences between public health and medicine, and receive guidance from local medical professionals. Learn about the seven critical elements of human security and how health care fits into the picture; gain field experience by doing physical work that is public health-focused and aims to improve the lives of hundreds of Dominicans living in poverty.

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Community Service

Public health and poverty are strongly linked. Work on public health projects that prevent disease, and see how initiatives such as water tanks can contribute to locals’ long-term health. Volunteer at health intervention programs, shadowing medical professionals as they provide pro-bono consultations to patients in at-risk communities. Spend time ensuring that pop-up medical clinics operate smoothly by working in various stations such as evaluations or pharmacy.

Immersive Learning

You’ll learn through experiences in the field and lectures and discussion at Home Base that health doesn’t fall solely under the responsibility of doctors and nurses. Gain deep insight on how political, economic and environmental systems also intersect to create the vast global health spectrum. Shadow medical professionals and observe practices for providing health services on the ground in developing communities. Learn how community engagement is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty.


Hundreds of miles of coastline define the DR—some of it white-sand beaches, other parts lined with dramatic cliffs. Ride a boat over clear, warm water and learn about delicate marine ecosystems while snorkeling. You’ll also visit a beautiful ecological park, Laguna Dudu, where you can explore mystical blue cenotes and swim in a natural cave. Spend a day at a local hangout spot, enjoying the fertile valleys and rivers near Home Base.


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 making a difference in the health of families living in remote areas of the world?
  • Discover the unique challenges of providing adequate medical care in rural communities while contributing to this cause
  • Build facilities that directly improve the health of the community
  • Learn what it’s like to be a doctor, nurse or global health worker in a developing country
  • Go beyond typical public health mission trips for teens, and compare the healthcare practices of the western world with traditional medicine from the region

Dates & Tuition

Dominican Republic

Global Health Initiative™

14-Day Program
2021 Dates
 June 25 – July 8, 2021
 July 11 – July 24, 2021
 July 27 – August 9, 2021
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,899
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
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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