8 days
Central Highlands of Dominican Republic - Estimated 20 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable
Trek into the central highlands of the Dominican Republic where mountainous landscapes, coffee plantations and alpine pastures stretch as far as the eye can see. Explore the area’s rich biodiversity while learning how reforestation and ecotourism efforts have significantly helped replenish the land. As you’re immersed in the local culture, you’ll work together with non-profits and community members to build sustainable solutions to the conservation, economic and social challenges they face.
Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Youth Development
  • Responsible Tourism

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SANTO DOMINGO
Meet your Field Director at the airport and transfer to your accommodations to settle in.

DAY 2: SANTO DOMINGO
Take a guided tour of the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, enjoy a scenic ride through the central mountain range to your service project location. 
  • Learn about your specific service work during your project orientation.
  • Take a guided tour of the local community you’ll be serving.
 
DAYS 3-6: SERVICE PROJECT — CENTRAL MOUNTAIN REGION
As communities evolve so do their needs. We’ll work closely with area non-profits and community members to better understand local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like. 
  • Each morning, you’ll begin your environmentally focused service project in a nearby village.
  • Spend afternoons immersed in cultural activities.
  • Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.
 
DAY 7: NATIONAL MARINE PARK — NORTH COAST REGION 
Take a guided tour of a national marine park where tropical plants and beaches abound. Enjoy the turquoise waters and magnificent coral reefs as you swim and snorkel your way around the park. 

DAY 8: DEPART FOR HOME

Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Youth Development
  • Responsible Tourism

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SANTO DOMINGO
Meet your Field Director at the airport and transfer to your accommodations to settle in.

DAY 2: SANTO DOMINGO
Take a guided tour of the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, enjoy a scenic ride through the central mountain range to your service project location. 
  • Learn about your specific service work during your project orientation.
  • Take a guided tour of the local community you’ll be serving.
 
DAYS 3-6: SERVICE PROJECT — CENTRAL MOUNTAIN REGION
As communities evolve so do their needs. We’ll work closely with area non-profits and community members to better understand local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like. 
  • Each morning, you’ll begin your environmentally focused service project in a nearby village.
  • Spend afternoons immersed in cultural activities.
  • Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.
 
DAY 7: NATIONAL MARINE PARK — NORTH COAST REGION 
Take a guided tour of a national marine park where tropical plants and beaches abound. Enjoy the turquoise waters and magnificent coral reefs as you swim and snorkel your way around the park. 

DAY 8: DEPART FOR HOME

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Everything you get

This all-inclusive global experience gives students the chance to explore the world — at the guaranteed lowest price.
  • Airfare & Transportation

    Your flights—covered. Ground transportation—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Hotels

    Enjoy a 7-night stay in hotels.

  • Regional Meals

    Traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners bring local flavors to life as part of your trip experience.

  • Field Director

    Your bilingual, culturally connected Field Director stays with you 24/7 to handle all on-trip logistics and facilitates post-project reflection activities.

  • 20 Service Hours

    Earn up to 20 service hours that count towards academic credit and the presidential award.

  • Volunteer and Leadership Activities

    Participate in volunteer, leadership, action planning and social issue activities.

  • Guided Sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from your licensed local guides while they lead you on sightseeing tours.

  • Entrances

    Gain access to local attractions, like nature hikes with your guide—we'll take care of lines and tickets.

Guaranteed lowest price

Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director and more.
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