Average 8, Maximum 16
16 Hours (4 afternoons)
DAY 1 – Arrive and meet your Discover Corps group
DAY 2 – Begin a bottle project, repurposing plastic to build homes and schools
DAY 3 – Continue volunteering at the project, getting to know the locals
DAY 4 – Enjoy the beautiful lagoon and landscapes of Dudu Ecological Park
DAY 5 – Help out building a school in a Haitian community
DAY 6 – Visit a local bee farm and help construct bee boxes
DAY 7 – Enjoy a snorkeling trip out of Sosúa on the Caribbean Sea
DAY 8 – Return home
We’ll spend our time in several rural communities, including Haitian migrant communities, to build schools, medical clinics and houses out of reusable plastic bottles. Besides cleaning the community of waste, these bottle structures teach environmental awareness, open the community to new building techniques and provide a sense of ownership as we come together as one to instill the communities with vital infrastructure.
Become part of a rural community on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. While only 45 minutes from the tourist resorts, you’ll feel like you are worlds away, experiencing the island as the locals do. You’ll live surrounded by idyllic Caribbean beaches, tropical mountain landscapes and the vibrant culture of the Dominican people. We’ll visit Haitian migrant communities and have time to relax on world-class beaches.
In addition to the postcard-perfect beaches, the north coast is known for its welcoming people. Step into any of the quaint seaside towns that dot the coast and you will be immediately welcomed in like family. This is truly the Dominican Republic that tourists don’t see, far removed from the large resorts on the eastern side of the island. Utilizing unique connections in the community, we will experience fir t-hand the rhythms of life in these small island towns.
One day of our trip will be visiting La Grua, a community of displaced Haitian migrants known as a batey. Even though many of the people here were born in the Dominican Republic, they often are not recognized by the government and have trouble accessing healthcare and education services. We’ll help address the issue by helping to construct a much-need infrastructure including schools, houses, and community centers,getting to know the members of the community and learning about their lives in the process.
There’s an increasing awareness across the world of the damage that plastic waste does to the oceans and the wider environment. At this bottle project in Caño Dulce, we’ll help address the problem of plastic waste while simultaneously helping local communities, by building houses out of plastic bottles. This ingenious project is improving the lives of local people and benefiting the environment at the same time, and you’ll have the chance to be a part of it.
Many visitors to the Dominican Republic don’t experience the real thing, and simply step off a cruise ship into the luxury resorts on the eastern side of the island. Our ecolodge, in Playa Las Canas on the northern coast, allows us to experience the true Dominican Republic – unspoiled beaches, welcoming local communities, lush mountain landscapes and the true rhythms of island life. Our unique connections in this community allow us to truly immerse ourselves in this quaint coastal town.
As well as immersing ourselves in Dominican culture and helping to improve the lives of those we meet, we’ll get the chance to experience the region’s beautiful natural landscapes. The Dudu Ecological Park is built around a large freshwater lagoon, which serves as a natural swimming hole perfect for cooling off from the hot Caribbean sun. Dudu offers zip-lining for the adventurer, volleyball courts and caves to explore, and plenty of beautiful spots to relax.
Please note that the exact projects for each group differ based on community needs.
Upon arrival at the airport in either Puerto Plata or Santiago, you’ll be met by a member of our staff and taken to our hotel. After sampling Dominican cuisine at a welcome dinner, we will discuss the schedule for the week and our staff will give you an overview of the volunteer project as well as ethics of working in the community. (L,D)
This morning we’ll travel to our first project, a bottle home in the nearby community of Cano Dulce. Besides cleaning the community of waste, these buildings teach environmental awareness, open the community to new building techniques and provide a sense of ownership. After dinner, we’ll have a discussion on the seven elements of human security in the Dominican Republic. (B,L,D)
After breakfast we’ll return to the bottle project. Each project will be at a different stage of completion and we will lend a hand in one piece of the overall construction. This could include laying the concrete, adding bottles into the structure, or painting the walls. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy some free time near the hotel, at the beach or by the pool. We’ll have dinner together and enjoy a talk about Haitian-Dominican relations on the island. (B,L,D)
Today we’ll enjoy a day of relaxation at the Dudu Ecological Park, a beautiful nature reserve based around a large freshwater lagoon. Explore the park’s nature trails and laze in the Caribbean sun, then cool off with a dip in the lagoon. In the afternoon we’ll stop by Playa Grande, a beautiful Caribbean beach with crystal blue waters. (B,L,D)
After breakfast we’ll visit the Haitian-Dominican community of La Grua, where we’ll help with the construction of a school, medical clinic, or community center. La Grua is a batey, a community of Haitians who were displaced to the Dominican Republic, many of whom were born here but are not recognized or given help by the government. We’ll experience what life is like in these communities while seeing firsthand some of the innovative solutions targeting the most vulnerable. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we’ll head to the nearby community of Cano Dulce to meet with a man who created an innovative bee box project. We will visit the local beekeeper and learn about his traditional techniques and sustainability challenges. Visit the local bee farm and help construct new bee boxes for the season (and of course try some of the tasty honey).(B,L,D)
Today we’ll relax on the beach and browse the boutiques in Cabarete, before visiting the coastal town of Sosúa, where we’ll enjoy a snorkeling excursion. Enjoy the spectacular views over the ocean and coastline before we stop at a calm bay to swim and snorkel over beautiful coral reefs. Later in the afternoon, we’ll venture to the coastal town of Cabarete where you will have some free time to explore the shops in town. Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together and reflect on our experiences over the last week. (B,L,D)
Today sadly sees the end of our adventure. After breakfast and final goodbyes, we’ll travel to Puerto Plata or Santiago to board our flights home. (B)
This secluded beach front hotel is family-owned, with each room featuring a patio with views of the sea. Complete with tennis and basketball courts, a pool, jacuzzi, nearby shopping, dining, and of course, surrounded by accessible white-sand beaches, this resort will give you a true Dominican Republic feel without losing the comforts of home.
Enjoy free wireless Internet in the rooms and by the pool, air-conditioning, and a buffet breakfast each morning. Fall asleep to the sounds of the swaying palms and birds nesting in the trees for an unforgettable stay.
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
|May 23-30, 2020||$2,395||2,295|
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