Our Dominican Republic volunteer opportunities involve working with nonprofits in the Dominican Republic to provide the support that locals need. This trip will pay fair trade wages and create jobs in the Dominican Republic. It will focus on sustainability by staying in locally-owned hotels, eating in locally-owned restaurants, and hiring local transportation companies. And we will have a full-time Dominican guide not just to enhance our tours but also to enhance our evening reflections.
We focus our service on locally identified needs. There are too many misguided or even unethical examples of service learning in which people arrive with their own agenda. At ILI Travel, we fully understand that we are not a developmental organization. However, we are passionate about partnering with Dominican developmental organizations to help them get some of the support they so desperately need.
If you are in Chester County, PA or throughout the region this could be the chance of a lifetime. On our trips you will work directly with locals. You will work with children in playing their games and activities. You may engage in light construction, such as painting, to help beautify their school or community center.
Here is a sample itinerary (itinerary is subject to change):
- Arrive in the Dominican Republic
- Visit the school or community center for a tour and orientation
- Check into our hotel
- Relax by the pool or beach
- Dinner at the hotel
- Reflections as a group about our day and what to expect. Reflections will be facilitated by our Dominican Field Director and your team leader.
- Breakfast at the hotel featuring local Dominican food
- Arrival at the school or community center. During the morning help with light construction projects (e.g., painting, digging, beautification)
- Lunch at the school or community center featuring local Dominican food. Some meals include chicken, fresh pineapple and other fruits, rice and beans, and more).
- Work with the kids in school or summer camp with sports, games, and skills development.
- Some days stop at the local supermarket.
- Return to hotel with time to relax at the pool or beach.
- Dinner at the hotel featuring local Dominican food Optional: Take out your phone or GoPro and create a video blog “From the Dominican Republic to Burlington County.” Memorializing your experience is how you hold onto it.
- Group reflections to continue building our team and processing the meaning of our trip.
- Excursion to local beach. We may leave early to avoid the larger crowds.
- Time to relax at the beach
- Dinner out that night to experience some of the local nightlife.
- Wake up early to take in what you can in your surroundings. Be sure to journal or blog about your experience. Some trips go to Cayo Arena, a gorgeous sandbar in the Dominican Republic.
- Departure for the United States
Students from PA, NJ, and beyond have had life changing experiences on our Dominican trips and Haiti volunteer opportunities. While there have been many activities to support the larger goals of the school or nonprofit, there are also beautiful, individual moments of bonding: piggy back rides, hair braiding, special handshakes, occasional dancing, and lots of laughter.
A young girl from Bucks County cried when leaving the school on the last day and has been looking for a way to return ever since. The Dominican Republic Volunteer Opportunities have meant that many have never looked at the world the same way again. A high percentage of those who attend budget their money carefully so that they can attend again the following year. They understand that the experience provided is not one that they can easily find on their own when crossing cultures.
With our 8-day trip, there are also opportunities to enjoy the natural sites in the Dominican Republic. From natural waterfalls to glorious beaches (you’re not in NJ anymore), there is so much to see in a culture that values environmental preservation. Some trips allow you to sign-up for extra activities, such as surfing or zip lining. After surfing lessons, one girl noted that she’s had surfboards in her garage her entire life, but her father didn’t surf anymore. She vowed to go surfing with him the weekend he returned.
You can run one of our Dominican Republic Volunteer Opportunities
With our service learning program, we work with teachers and schools, colleges and professors, Girl Scouts, non-profit leaders, and many others. Visiting a country for service learning proves to be a life changing experience for many who never look at the world the same way again. We work closely with non-profit organizations in the Dominican Republic and Haiti to ensure that our work furthers their needs for empowerment and sustainability. Service learning abroad opportunities can be planned for groups from Chester County, Burlington County, Bucks County, Essex County, Union County, Warren County, Montgomery County, or elsewhere in PA, NJ, and beyond.
Our Dominican Republic Volunteer Opportunities can be provided for high school service trips abroad, service trips for college students, and non-religious mission trips. We can also provide Haiti volunteer opportunities.
Groups from Bucks County can be camp counselors. Students from Montgomery County have taught English. Groups from Warren County and beyond can paint and beautify a school. College students from Essex County and Union County can expand beyond service learning for a larger social justice tour. Groups from PA and NJ have combined their groups to run a successful trip.
We have a wide array of exciting options for your group. Contact us to learn more.