Departure: June 18-25, 2024 (departure date can move to within three days in either direction)
Pay in full: $3,850
Deposit due with registration: $110
March 1: $935
April 1: $935
May 1: $935
June 1: $935
- Arrive in the Dominican Republic.
- Tour Puerto Plata town center
- Check into the hotel.
- Dinner at a Dominican-owned restaurant
- 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, some days featuring Dominican food.
- Arrival at the public elementary school. Hold a group ice breaker with our group and Dominican students, teach English, play sports, light construction, community tour, and more.
- Lunch at a Dominican-owned restaurant, supporting local small businesses. Some meals include chicken, fish, beef, 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.
- Stop at the local supermarket on some days – or a neighborhood colmado.
- Return to hotel with time to relax at the pool or beach.
- Dinner at a Dominican-owned restaurant. Optional: Take out your phone or GoPro and create a video blog!
- Group reflections to continue building our team and processing the meaning of our trip.
- Excursion to a glorious 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.
LOCALLY-DEFINED SUSTAINABILITY GOALS AND FAIR TRADE WAGES:
We believe in the power of locally-defined sustainability goals. Our program is built upon partnerships with local leaders in the Dominican Republic, and our work is rooted in these goals, aligned with the UN Goals for Sustainable Development. Throughout your journey, you’ll actively contribute to achieving these vital sustainability targets. We also pay fair trade wages to our Dominican workers, guaranteeing a program that is not just ethical and moral but also guarantees that we are an employer-of-choice in the Dominican Republic.
DAILY REFLECTIONS AND GUIDED LEARNING:
Each day, we engage in reflective discussions, exploring our experiences and locally-defined goals. These reflections are co-facilitated by our bilingual Dominican Tour Director and our American Group Leader. This multicultural facilitation ensures that our reflections are not solely rooted in an American gaze.
SAFETY AND SUPPORT:
The safety of our children is our number one priority. Our Dominican Tour Director and bus driver accompany us 24/7, providing bilingual assistance in case of emergencies.