Duration: 30 days | Tuition: $7,950 USD
Embark on a life-changing Caribbean journey in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Join us as we blend cultural immersion, service-learning, and breathtaking adventures, offering you the unique opportunity to contribute to community development projects, explore diverse ecosystems, and soak in the rich history of both destinations. From building aqueducts in the mountains of Jarabacoa to snorkeling in the turquoise waters of Isla Saona, each day brings a new adventure, creating lasting memories and providing you with a comprehensive and enriching experience that goes beyond typical travels abroad.
✓ Help Build Aqueducts: Support communities without running water, working on the next steps of an ongoing project that includes prepping, digging, fitting, and finishing plumbing from a dammed river upstream to the nearby homes.
✓ Catamaran Tour: Isla Saona is a tropical paradise with pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. The catamaran tour offers a chance to snorkel and explore various beaches along the way, snorkeling in the turquoise waters and relaxing on the beautiful beaches.
✓ Cave Exploration: Embark on an unforgettable cave exploration in Los Haitises National Park, where you'll encounter ancient Taino pictographs and petroglyphs.
✓ Get Out In Nature: Explore the mountains, hike, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of the Cordillera Central. Hike into the Yunque rainforest to visit a beautiful waterfall swimming hole. You can try out the natural rock slides and enjoy the refreshing river.
✓ Bioluminescent Bay: We take kayaks out into Puerto Rico’s famous Bioluminescent Bay. This mangrove-circled bay is one of the world’s best places to experience the bioluminescent plankton that give this place its name.
✓ Sustsainable Farming in Puerto Rico: When we think of the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico specifically, we rarely imagine curving mountain passes or peaks, but Puerto Rico has both. These areas are fertile regions that have the capacity to provide Puerto Rico with locally produced staples. We will visit a coffee farm and learn about the potential to make Puerto Rico more resilient by producing more of its foods locally.
✓ Learn A Language: Improve your Spanish language skills with interactive classes and daily interactions with locals.
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✓ All in-program travel and transport, excluding flights
✓ All accommodation
✓ All meals
✓ All expeditions, activities, excursions, volunteer projects and entry fees as described in the itinerary
✓ Experienced Program Instructors and local guides
✓ Informal lectures from resident experts on conservation and eco-tourism
✓ Experiential core curriculum that pushes students to reflect and ask questions of themselves
✓ Certificate of Program Completion
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Medium Activity Level: Anyone with an average fitness level and an enthusiasm for the outdoors and new experiences will have a great time on this mini semester! You will need to be prepared for some physical work during the volunteer projects on the program.
No Camping: You will spend most of your time in comfortable hostels, lodges and homestays.
Medium Service Learning Level: You will be able to make a difference to the local community during your stay. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and do some hands-on learning about local issues.