CULTURE, SPANISH, AND SERVICE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
A SPANISH CARIBBEAN ODYSSEY
Tropical jungles, dense mangrove forests, white-sand beaches, fertile valleys, vast savannas and the highest peaks in the Caribbean mark this island country as a place of extraordinary diversity and dramatic beauty. While the Dominican Republic is famed for its history as the first site of Spanish settlement in the New World, the story of its people extends far before that to when the indigenous Taino Amerindians and their ancestors inhabited the island. Today the DR has a vibrant island culture which passionately celebrates its folklore, Latin music, and of course, baseball. Discover the festive spirit of this country’s joyful people as you immerse yourself in the daily ritual of rural village life.
“I loved looking at the community center and knowing the great impact we made.”
-Anonymous, Dominican Republic, Summer 2011
Hike mountain highlands to spectacular waterfalls in the Cordillera Central.
Whitewater raft the rapids of the Rio Yaque del Norte.
Improve your Spanish as you become part of a rural family: share stories over meals and learn to dance salsa and merengue.
Build a community aqueduct or centro communal (community center) with your new Dominican friends.
Explore unspoiled beaches and snorkel in the brilliant turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
Dates: Jun 27 – July 18 (includes homestay)
Starting/Ending Point: Santiago / Santo Domingo, DR
Program Fee: $4,450. Travel expenses to and from the DR are not included in the program fee. Global Routes arranges group travel. Round trip airfare from New York to the DR will be approximately $TBA. Please note that quoted airfares do not include taxes and airline surcharges, which are subject to change and can be significant. Students are also encouraged to raise monies to help fund their service projects.
Group Size: maximum 18 students; 2 U.S. leaders; 2 Dominican Staff
Service Component: approx. 20-40 hours
Accommodations: Youth Hostels, Hotels, Group community stay
Language Requirement: 1 year of Spanish.