- Build schools, medical clinics and houses out of reusable plastic bottles in several rural communities. Besides cleaning the community of waste, these bottle structures teach environmental awareness, open the community to new building techniques and provide a sense of ownership as we come together as one to instill the communities with vital infrastructure. This ingenious project is improving the lives of local people and benefiting the environment at the same time.
- Become part of a rural community on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The north coast is known for its welcoming people and you will experience the island as the locals do. You’ll live surrounded by idyllic Caribbean beaches, tropical mountain landscapes and the vibrant culture of the Dominican people.
- Visit La Grua, a community of displaced Haitian migrants known as a batey. Even though many of the people here were born in the Dominican Republic, they often are not recognized by the government and have trouble accessing healthcare and education services. We’ll help address the issue by helping to build a local school, getting to know the members of the community and learning about their lives in the process.
- Get inspired by a Haitian doctor who is working to improve the health of his people. Meet organic honey farmers and taste the sweet fruit of their labors. Learn first-hand about the plight of Haitian migrants from local school teachers.
- Live surrounded by idyllic beaches, upbeat Caribbean music, and friendly local communities. Explore the tropical countryside by hiking to rural villages, snorkeling over the clear Caribbean Sea, and uncovering pristine beaches set amongst lush mountain landscapes.
- The Dudu Ecological Park is built around a large freshwater lagoon, which serves as a natural swimming hole perfect for cooling off from the hot Caribbean sun. Dudu offers ziplining for the adventurer, volleyball courts and caves to explore, and plenty of beautiful spots to relax.
- Engage in conversations with various personnel who are tackling issues related to environmental sustainability.
Please see a detailed itinerary below:
- Day 1. Arrive in the Dominican Republic. Upon arrival at the airport in either Puerto Plata or Santiago, you’ll be met by a member of our staff and taken to the lodge. After sampling Dominican cuisine at a welcome dinner, we will discuss the schedule for the week and our staff will give you an overview of the volunteer project.
- Day 2. Visit a Bottle Home Project in Cano Dulce. Besides cleaning the community of waste, these buildings teach environmental awareness, open the community to new building techniques and provide a sense of ownership. After dinner, we’ll have a discussion on the seven elements of human security in the Dominican Republic.
- Day 3. Continue our time with the Bottle Project. Continue your efforts to add bottles into the foundation of the structure and begin to put the finishing touches on the project, such as laying the concrete. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy some free time near the lodge, at the beach or by the pool. We’ll have dinner together and enjoy a talk about Haitian Dominican relations on the island.
- Day 4. Relax in beautiful Dudu Ecological Park. Enjoy a beautiful nature reserve based around a large freshwater lagoon. Explore the park’s nature trails and laze in the Caribbean sun, then cool off with a dip in the lagoon. In the afternoon we’ll stop by Playa Grande, a beautiful Caribbean beach with crystal blue waters.
- Day 5. Visit a Haitian community and help to build a school. Visit the community of La Grua, where we’ll help with the construction of a school. La Grua is a batey, a community of Haitians who were displaced to the Dominican Republic, many of whom were born here but are not recognized or given help by the government. Travelers will be exposed to the 7 Elements of Human Security and also have an opportunity to see environmental destruction from tree cutting for coal. This afternoon we’ll relax in the coastal town of Cabarete and learn about conservation issues on the island.
- Day 6. Return to volunteer at the Bottle Project. We’ll continue our projects with the bottle house in the coastal town of Caño Dulce. This is a special project for us as it is close to the location of our lodge and the members of this community are very close to our team on the ground. Later in the afternoon, we’ll relax at the lodge and have a chat about community health issues in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
- Day 7. Take a snorkel trip and enjoy a farewell dinner. Relax on the beach and browse the boutiques in Cabarete, before visiting the coastal town of Sosúa, where we’ll enjoy a snorkeling excursion. Enjoy the spectacular views over the ocean and coastline before we stop at a calm bay to swim and snorkel over beautiful coral reefs. Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together and reflect on our experiences over the last week.
- Day 8. After breakfast and final goodbyes, we’ll travel to Puerto Plata or Santiago to board our flights home.