Making a Difference in the Dominican Republic Supporting Children and Families Living in Extreme Poverty
March 28 – March 31, 2019
School in the Dominican Republic is only a half-day long, and dropping out is too common. There are efforts to move to full-day school, and we are actively looking for ways to support the academic and enrichment goals of Dominican schools. Our 4-day women’s retreat allows you to volunteer abroad and assist a Dominican community in the support they need.
The results of half-day schooling are troubling. Boys drop out at too high of a rate. Girls as young as 12 can become pregnant and face demands that make continuing with school difficult. Empowering children through service learning not just helps them but also their communities. And our women’s retreat helps us in better understanding our neighbors abroad.
When we volunteer abroad, we are working with local public schools and non-profit organizations to extend the schooling and enrichment options for these children.
While on this women’s retreat, you will contribute to economic and educational sustainability, leaving a healthy footprint behind you. For us, the words volunteer abroad means working side-by-side with locals on locally identified needs, volunteering at non-profits or and with local schools. You will stay in a family-owned hotel and dine at Dominican family-owned restaurants. The money that you spend there will stay in the community we are serving.
We will be working side-by-side with Dominican locals, and we will focus on locally identified needs related to education. There may also be room to help with painting or other needs. We will work with Dominicans leading us in providing English instruction and/or sports enrichment while there. As this women’s retreat is a Thursday through Sunday trip, Friday will serve as full-day schooling for some of these kids. Sometimes Saturday provides an opportunity for their families to come and learn English and engage in the activities as well.
On our women’s retreat you and your girlfriends will have a bond you will never forget.
Most trips include staying at a beachfront hotel in a town with a vibrant nightlife. You can rest in your room, by the hotel pool, or enjoy the beachfront bars.
- 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
- Breakfast at the hotel featuring local Dominican food
- Arrival at the school or community center. Teach English, run sports programs, or assist with painting or other beautification efforts.
- Lunch at the community center or a local Dominican restaurant
- Work with the kids in school on English language development, sports, or other enrichment activities.
- Return to hotel with time to relax at the pool or beach.
- Dinner at the hotel (for the last night, dinner is sometimes out).
- Group reflections to process and make meaning of our trip.
- Departure for the United States
What does the price include?
- Transport within the Dominican Republic
- Full-time, local Field Director stays with our group.
- Full-time, local bus driver who stays with our group.
Cost of the trip
Spots are going quickly. Reserve your spot by paying in full or just putting down $195 by January 20, 2019 (or earlier if filled). Register now. Space is limited. After your deposit, $850 is due on February 4 and another $850 is due on March 1.
You can finance your trip. Click here for options for no payment/no interest options for 6 months.
** Final cost may change depending on port of departure. The price of $1,895 covers departure from Philadelphia or surrounding airports. Guaranteed price for other locations will be provided by ILITravel staff.