Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World

Volunteer on critical building projects, including two from start to finish, that tackle global issues at the local level for Dominican families and their community.

Highlights

  • Build a health-friendly stove and community garden from start-to-finish
  • Work on innovative building projects using recycled materials
  • Explore topics of environmental conservation and natural resource management
  • Tour the city of Santo Domingo
  • Go on a white water rafting trip in Jarabacoa
  • Go for a boat ride and snorkel in crystal blue waters

Overview

Pull on your work gloves—this program will immerse you in hands-on, humanitarian projects for underserved communities. Beyond its resorts, endless beaches and reputation as a Caribbean vacation island, the Dominican Republic is truly complex. Living on the country’s northern coast, a pristine and untouched region far off the tourist track, you’ll be participate in sustainable solutions to combat social and environmental issues.

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Community Service

Slow development and vulnerability to extreme weather means volunteers are needed on all fronts. You will work on multiple projects in the DR, including two that you will build from start-to-finish: a stove designed to improve health outcomes for local Dominicans, as well as a community garden. You may also contribute to infrastructure projects, learning to construct “bottle buildings,” which are part of an innovative, ongoing project that helps nearby families. Bottle building construction turns used plastic bottles into a highly insulating, robust, affordable building material, which simultaneously tackles issues of unemployment, waste and lack of housing. Your extensive service will make a true difference to the community and bring global issues into your worldview.

Hands-On Learning

Explore various topics in sustainable development: Through service work and nightly seminars, learn how crucial environmental conservation and resource management are to the survival of humanity. Witness firsthand how goals to eradicate poverty and discrimination can either come to fruition or be challenged by social systems. Discuss your experiences in depth, and compare what you see to preconceptions you might have had about the developing world. You’ll also explore vibrant Dominican culture through music, dance and food.

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Adventure

Unspoiled destinations await your exploration, including miles of coastline and lush jungles where you’ll hike and go white water rafting. Explore the colonial architecture of Santo Domingo, and visit a town on the border of Haiti, where a bustling market is both an opportunity to shop for crafts and to learn about lingering social issues between the two cultures. Join the Dominicans for a memorable, locals-only meal, with an outing to the restaurant La Boca, a rustic, hidden gem located where the river meets the sea. Accessible by jungle cruise only, this outing will provide adventure and a memorable meal of freshly caught seafood.

Lodging

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.

Dates & Tuition

Building a Sustainable World
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours:
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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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