Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is rich with natural beauty and history. In 1942, a significant meeting of cultures occurred when Christopher Columbus landed, claiming this “new world” for the “old world.” The region was influenced by many cultures from native Tainos, to conquering Spaniards, enslaved Africans and neighboring French and Haitians before being declared an independent nation in 1844.

Today, the Dominican Republic calls itself the travel destination jewel of the Caribbean. Referred to as "a beautiful island paradise with high forested mountains and large river valleys," in the journal of Christopher Columbus, the Dominican Republic boasts the highest mountain ranges in the region and hundreds of miles of picture-perfect tropical beaches. However, poor resource management has put many of this country’s great natural treasures at risk. Many communities are struggling to find sustainable livelihoods as over-fishing and uncontrolled tourism threaten the region. In response, communities have started to safeguard their natural resources by practicing sustainable development ensure the wellbeing of their people.

Facts about the Dominican Republic
  • Nationality: Dominican
  • Population: ~ 9.5 million
  • Capital: Santo Domingo
  • Language: Spanish
  • Geography: The Dominican Republic shares the Caribbean island Hispaniola with its neighbor to the west, Haiti. The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island. Hispaniola is east of Cuba and Jamaica and west of Puerto Rico.
  • Terrain: Rocky highlands and mountains and lush valleys.
  • Currency: Dominican peso
  • Climate: The majority of the Dominican Republic enjoys beautiful tropical weather all year round, with the average annual temperature hovering around 25°C (77°F). Some call the Dominican Republic's climate, 'the endless summer', due to warm and sunny conditions experienced pretty much everywhere in the country, all year round. There are slight variations between the summer and winter months. The so-called 'cool' or winter season runs from November to April.
  • Did you know? The Dominican Republic boasts the highest mountain peak in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte, standing at more than 10,000 feet.


Dominican Republic Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Day 2 - Waterfall hike
  • Day 3 - Travel to host community
  • Day 4 - Host community and service project
  • Day 5 - Host community and service project
  • Day 6 - Host community and service project
  • Day 7 - Host community and service project
  • Day 8 - Travel to coast
  • Day 9 - Swim and snorkel
  • Day 10 - Depart for home city
Dominican Republic