Dominican Republic

Service Learning

Program Length: 9 Days
Program Price: $1,590
Dates: May 29th – June 6th, 2021

Program Description:

The program will take place in the community of La Piedra. The majority of La Piedra current residents began to arrive after the strong winds and flooding caused by Hurricane George (1998) and Hurricane Olga (2007) washed away their homes and all their meager belongings. The families built makeshift homes, made mostly of cardboard and discarded pieces of tin, and without plumbing, along the flood plains of the Ozama River in the capital city of Santo Domingo.

During this 9 day program travelers will have a hands-on Service Learning experience working with the local community to contribute to the construction of some of the following infrastructures: a community park with free Wi-Fi internet, barbershop, basketball court, playground and outside gym, in the community of la Piedra, where more than 200 families and their kids play. Travelers will contribute to the maintenance of five mini aqueducts in five different communities in la Piedra, where more than 300 community members get their water. Over 100 houses have been built and repaired in the last 10 years thanks to My Roof project.

Program Includes:

  • 8 Nights of Accommodation
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Lunch with Local Family
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
  • Entrance to All Venues
  • Travelers Insurance

Program Highlights:

• Service Learning Project
• Leadership Community Project
• Leadership Seminars
• Historical Walking Tour of Santo Domingo
• Boca Chica Excursion
• Eco-Tours
• Guanin Community Center
• Samana Ziplining Adventure    

Program Itinerary

Day 1 – Santo Domingo

  • Meet at the Group at Hotel
    Orientation Walking Tour – The group will become oriented with their neighborhood, the public transportation systems, nearby pharmacies, markets, ATMs, etc.
    Historical & Cultural Walking Tour of Santo Domingo – Colonial city tour visit The Alcazar of Diego Columbus, the Cathedral number of first institutions formed in the Americas, monastery, convent, university, hospital and other very early 16th century institutions are introduced and explained.
    Welcome Dinner – The group will be taken for an authentic dinner with a wide variety of menu options to cater all diets.

Day 2 – Santo Domingo

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to La Piedra (approx. 1 hour)
  • Service Learning Program
  • Group LunchService Learning Program
  • 1 Hour Seminar on Leadership
  • Group Dinner

Day 3 – Santo Domingo

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Service Learning Program Group Lunch.
  • Service Learning Program
  • 1 Hour Seminar on Leadership
  • Group Dinner

Day 4 – Santo Domingo

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Service Learning Program
  • Group Lunch (included)
  • Boca Chica Beach – Interaction with locals
  • 1 Hour Seminar on Leadership
  • Group Dinner (included)

Day 5 – La Piedra

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
    Community Leadership Program – This program is aimed to improve 5 different life aspects: Education, Healthcare Infrastructure, Gender Equality, Access to Clean Water and Economic Opportunities.
    Group Lunch (included)
  • Eco-Tours – Interaction with locals
  • BBQ Group Dinner – vegetarian/vegan options available

Day 6 – Las Terrenas

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
    Community Leadership Program – This program is aimed to improve 5 different life aspects: Education, Healthcare Infrastructure, Gender Equality, Access to Clean Water and Economic Opportunities.
  • Group Lunch (included)
  • Travel to North Coast (approx 4 hours)
  • Check-in, Relax & Refresh
  • Group Dinner (not included)

Day 7 – Las Terrenas

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Samana Ziplining – If you are looking for adventure then you will love Samana Treetop Zipline. Crisscross above treetops with ziplines 1200 ft long & 450 ft high.
  • Lunch Break (included)
    Structured Free Time & Cultural Immersion
  • Group Dinner (not included)

Day 8 – Santo Domingo

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Free Day in Santo Domingo
  • Farewell Dinner & Program Closing

Day 9 – Return

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • End of Program
  • Depart Dominican Republic for Home

Program Payments:

1st Deposit Payment of $400 due December 29th, 2020

2nd Payment of $595 due February 29th, 2021

3rd Payment of $595 due April 29th, 2021

Notes: Airfare is not included in the program; Please wait for confirmation that trip has met the minimum number of participants before purchasing airfare.

– Payment Policy: The 1st deposit is refundable up to 100 days prior to departure. If the trip is canceled for not reaching the minimum number of participants the deposit will also be refunded. 

For any additional information or questions please email us at: Info@studyabroadassociation.com