Day 1 – Arrival in the Dominican Republic and Travel to
You will depart as a group and arrive into Santo Domingo at midday. Your Tour Manager will welcome you outside
the international airport. You will head
to your rustic lodge in the mountains north of Santiago, about a three and a
half hour trip with lunch en route. You will take in the sights and sounds of the Dominican
countryside as you travel to your service community. Once you arrive at the lodge that will be
your home base for the days ahead, you will settle into your rooms and have a
The lodge where you will be staying is a cooperative
community lodge. The idea in building
this lodge was to gradually develop the area as a rural tourism
destination. In collaboration with USAID, the UN and the Dominican
Sustainable Tourist Alliance, three lovely rustic cabins were completed in
February of 2012. This rural lodge is now in full swing and through the
cooperative efforts of community members, it in helps to supplement the incomes
of 27 local families.
If the group has a late afternoon or evening arrival, additional costs for a
hotel and meals in Santo Domingo may apply.
Orientation and Begin Service Project
After a traditional breakfast, you will gather for an orientation about
the exciting days ahead including an introduction to the lodge, the community,
the art center that trains local women in micro-enterprise, the challenges the
community faces, and the service work you will be doing. You will then meet at the work site to be
briefed on the community project and talk with the local leaders who will be
working with us. You will then begin your
examples of service projects include paving pathways and clearing trails at the
lodge, teaching local children about environmental issues (putting garbage in
its place, composting), teaching a special craft to kids at the local art
center, or painting the facilities at the non-profit or other community
a hearty lunch at the lodge you will return to your service project for the
Days 3-8 –
Community Service Project, Coffee Farm, Rappelling, Salto Jimenoa Waterfall
morning you will eat breakfast and then spend time working on your community
service project. You will have a hearty
lunch and continue working on the project in the afternoon.
half day will be dedicated to knowing more about the local crop of coffee and
an exciting rappel adventure. You will
visit a local coffee farm and learn how coffee is produced from growing the
berries to enjoying a delicious cup of hot coffee. You will also get the opportunity to see
great views from a lookout point and then rappel down the rock face!
day you will take the morning off to visit the impressive Salto Jimenoa Waterfall
in Jarabacoa, perfect for splashing around and cooling off!
In the late afternoons and
evenings, you will enjoy activities to experience local culture. You may learn about local traditions, visit
the local hydroelectric plant, play baseball with community children, learn to
dance the bachata and merengue or play dominoes!
On your final night in the
community, you will have a farewell dinner and celebration with your new
friends at the lodge.
Day 9 – Travel
to Santo Domingo
After breakfast at the
lodge you will say goodbye to your new friends.
You will then depart for Santo Domingo.
Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to tour the historical
center of the city.
This evening you will have a delicious dinner, reminiscing about the
time shared together in the Dominican Republic.
After dinner you will return to your hotel to pack up before your flight
Day 10 – Depart
Your Dominican Republic program comes to a close today as you depart early for
the international airport.