Dominican Republic - Heart & Soul of the Caribbean – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Dominican Republic – Heart & Soul of the Caribbean

On this stunning Caribbean island, the cheerful rhythm of life will recharge your soul as much as your volunteer project will affect the lives of the local residents.


Our Purpose

Schools, medical clinics, and houses are being constructed in the Dominican Republic out of reusable plastic bottles. We’ll work with local people, including Haitian migrant communities, to create more of these structures, which help rid the area of waste and teach environmental awareness. Most importantly, they provide a much-needed resource, with many of these rural communities lacking basic infrastructure. To achieve our purpose, lay cement foundations, stack bottles and secure around the walls, or construct a roof – you pick up where the last group left off, so your tasks differ depending on time of travel.

(Volunteer Time = 16 hours, or 4 afternoons)

 


What You'll Do

Work side-by-side with local people to construct schools and health clinics made from disposable plastic bottles, providing essential medical services to rural communities. 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 work on the projects. Moreover, these schools and clinics will provide a much needed resource for the communities we work with, which lack this basic infrastructure.


What You'll See

Live surrounded by idyllic beaches, upbeat Caribbean music, and friendly local communities. Explore the tropical countryside by hiking to rural villages, snorkeling over the clear Caribbean Sea, and uncovering pristine beaches set amongst lush mountain landscapes. Visit an ecological park where you can explore cool swimming holes and even zip-line through the rainforest.

Email Me a Detailed Itinerary

or call us now at 1-619-758-3030

Itinerary Overview

Awake in a traditional chalet just steps away from the ocean. Spend the morning working on a sustainable bottle clinic or volunteering in a local school. In the afternoon, explore the coast and mountains on nature walks and scenic catamaran rides.

Once the sun goes down, reflect on the day’s experiences over dinner. You’ll also engage in conversations with your Discover Corps host or with guests who are tackling issues related to  environmental sustainability.

Email Me a Detailed Itinerary

or call us now at 1-619-758-3030

Where You'll Stay

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 Costa Rican 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.

Patty Ching

Princeton, NJ

Traveler's Journal

“We had been to a resort in the DR before but we wanted to really explore the rest of the island. This was exactly what we wanted – an up close and personal experience of the real Dominican Republic. Our guide Dave introduced us to really interesting community members, and the volunteer project gave us a way to become part of this village and get to know about the challenges people faced. We fell in love with a whole new way of traveling.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

Reserve a Trip

or call us now at 1-619-758-3030

Duration: 8 days

Program Cost: $2,195 Adult* / $1,795 Child*

These are our 2018 prices. Book now to lock them in before our annual price increase.

2018 Dates

Nov 17-24, 2018

Dec 26, 2018-Jan 2, 2019

2019 Dates

Feb 2-9, 2019 (STS)

Mar 23-30, 2019

Apr 6-13, 2019 (STS)

Apr 20-27, 2019 (STS)

June 1-8, 2019

June 29-July 6, 2019

July 20-27, 2019

August 3-10, 2019

August 17-24, 2019

September 21-28, 2019 (STS)

October 12-19, 2019 (STS)

December 26-January 2, 2020

2020 Dates

February 1-8, 2020 (STS)

March 21-28, 2020 (STS)

April 4-11, 2020 (STS)

 

 

See What's Included
  • All meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 7 nights beachfront lodging in Playa Las Canas
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • Volunteer project: all supplies, materials and approximately 15 volunteer hours
  • All activities: 2 guest speakers, 3 hands-on workshops
  • All local tips and tips for your guide and driver
  • Features: excursion to Dudu Ecological Park, boat ride and snorkeling in the Caribbean
  • An active daily itinerary including lectures, day trips and work assignments alongside the local community
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance

What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 7 nights beachfront lodging in Playa Las Canas
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • Volunteer project: all supplies, materials and approximately 15 volunteer hours
  • All activities: 2 guest speakers, 3 hands-on workshops
  • Features: excursion to Dudu Ecological Park, boat ride and snorkeling in the Caribbean
  • All local tips and tips for your guide and driver
  • An active daily itinerary including lectures, day trips and work assignments alongside the local community
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature

What’s Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Trips to the Dominican Republic for different lengths can be arranged for custom groups.

As Seen In

Los Angeles Times USA Today Road Warrior Blog International Business Times

Request a Catalog

Your adventure awaits! Use the form below to get a FREE catalog by mail or email. Or call us now at 1-619-758-3030

Call Us
Text Us
Prices increase December 15th! Learn more here.