Tag: Dominican Republic

Aug
17

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International Foods: Dishes to try in our favorite destinations, Part I

Posted by on August 17, 2017 · 2 Comments  

“What should I eat?” is one of the most common questions we get from our travelers. And who could blame them? Food is a large part of the heart of a culture or country. And international foods tend to be considerably different in their native lands, since American versions of the same foods are usually tempered to cater to American tastes and familiarity.

So, which international foods should you try? The short answer is, “It depends.”  It’s not a non-answer, we promise! It does depend. It depends on your tastes, where you’re traveling, how adventurous an eater you are, and whether or not you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

While we obviously encourage you to interact with locals anywhere you go, we’ve taken some of the legwork out of discovering the most traditional foods on our trips. Enjoy Part One of our list of international foods to try. Fair warning: Use caution when reading this list on an empty stomach… You may end up on a plane before you know it, jonesing to try some international cuisine!

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Jul
13

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Know Before You Go: Key Phrases in Your Destination’s Local Language

Posted by on July 13, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

When you travel outside of your home country, is it essential to speak the local language? In short, no. However, learning a few key phrases native to your destination could be the best trip planning you’ll ever do!

Here’s why: Trying to communicate on some level with locals (anywhere you travel) can be endearing. You’re visiting their country – their home – and you’re showing that you’re interested enough in their culture to at least try to learn.

It’s also all about the basics! While many trips are to predominantly English-speaking countries, or have guided tours with English-speaking guides, you can’t go wrong with memorizing some standard words and phrases. What if you venture off to mingle with the locals? Being able to ask and answer questions would be helpful.

While we can’t cover every country and language, we’ve put together a list of commonly visited countries on our radar, long with key words and phrases in the local language you should get familiar with.

¡Vamonos! (That’s Spanish for “Let’s go!”)

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Apr
27

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REPORT: Vacations Are Important To Family Happiness

Posted by on April 27, 2017 · 5 Comments  

Family vacations abroad aren’t the single most popular family travel choice, but don’t let that fool you – AAA found that these trips landed on their list of top five most popular vacation options for traveling families. This is for good reason: Reports have shown that vacations are important to both family happiness and positively impacting children.

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Apr
16

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Project Profile: Building a Bottle Clinic in the Dominican Republic

Posted by on April 16, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

In this series of Thursday profiles, we’ve introduced you to everyone from our founder to our Costa Rica program coordinator. We’ve also introduced you the smiling cooks of our Dominican Republic home base. Today, we’re taking you back to the DR to profile a really cool project we’re involved in: the construction of a plastic bottle clinic.

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d actually be *doing* on a volunteer vacation, this is one fantastic example. Keep reading to learn all about how and why we’re building bottle clinics on our volunteer vacations in the Dominican RepublicRead More

Dec
11

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Meet Leonor, Isauri, Bechi, and Nero: Cooks in Our Dominican Republic Home Base

Posted by on December 11, 2014 · Leave a Comment  

In our past profiles, you’ve met a Discover Corps travel specialist and former volunteer — but what about our people in-country? They are a big part of what makes our organization so special. We love them, and we know you will, too!

So today, we’re going to introduce Leonor, Isauri, Bechi, and Nero (pictured from left to right above). They’ve all been working in the kitchen of our home base in the Dominican Republic for two or three years. If you join us on a volunteer vacation there, you’ll definitely meet them — and taste some of their delicious food!

Alright, time to meet these special women and hear what they think about their country and experience working with Discover Corps.Read More