Discover A Tropical Paradise In The Diverse Culture of the Dominican Republic

Duration: 15 days | Tuition: $4,950 USD

Join us on an extraordinary two week program that explores the captivating landscapes of the Dominican Republic.  Immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of the Caribbean as you explore historic cities, engage with local communities, and partake in enriching experiences.

Venture into Santo Domingo's colonial zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before delving into community service projects in batey settlements. Experience the wonders of Los Haitises National Park, journey to the serene Samana Peninsula, and embrace the vibrant culture of Jarabacoa. Deepen your cultural immersion through music, local cuisine and history. Participate in water access projects, forge connections and gain a profound appreciation of local life.

This program crafts a diverse and transformative experience that blends cultural exploration, community engagement, and personal growth.

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✓ 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.

✓ Explore a Rich Cultural Heritage: Immerse yourself in the rich history of Santo Domingo's colonial zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

✓ Experience Local Cuisine: Sample traditional Dominican cuisine, experiencing the flavors that define these cultures.

✓ Learn A Language: Improve your Spanish language skills with interactive classes and daily interactions with locals.

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What's included?

✓ 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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Activity Level


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.

Camping Level


No Camping: You will spend most of your time in comfortable hostels, lodges and homestays.

Volunteering Level


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.


  Pacific Discovery Top Rated Organisation Voted Best Gap Year Program

Summer Dates 22 Jul - 5 Aug, 2024
Duration 15 days
Program Tuition $4,950 USD Estimated Flight Cost $1,000 USD
Availability Open
Group Size 14 Students & 2 Instructors Ages 14 - 17 Ideal Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement Vaccination Strongly Recommended
Optional College Credit No Start/Finish Program Start: Santo Domingo, Rep Dominicana
Program Finish: Santo Domingo, Rep Dominicana