Dominican Republic Cultural Immersion- 10 Day

Service, Sustainable Development, and Natural Splendor

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Community Service Project in Santo Domingo
  • Take a rappelling tour
  • Salto Jimenoa
  • Visit a coffee farm
  • Visit the Salto Jimenoa Waterfall in Jarabacoa
  • Guided city tour of Santo Domingo


Daily Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in the Dominican Republic and Travel to Community

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 delicious dinner.

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.

Note: If the group has a late afternoon or evening arrival, additional costs for a hotel and meals in Santo Domingo may apply.

 

Day 2– 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 service work.

Some 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 center.

After a hearty lunch at the lodge you will return to your service project for the afternoon.

 

Days 3-8 – Community Service Project, Coffee Farm, Rappelling, Salto Jimenoa Waterfall

Each 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.

One 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!

Another 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 home.

 

Day 10 – Depart

Your Dominican Republic program comes to a close today as you depart early for the international airport.

 





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