SERVICE TRIP TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

(HURRICANE MATTHEW RELIEF)

[TRIP LENGTH: 8 DAYS]

Includes Airfare ● Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs

On this Appleseed Expeditions educational class trip to the Dominican Republic students are immersed into the Carribbean culture while learning about the flora and fauna of the tropics. Additionally, these student trips to the Dominican Republic are meant to inspire students to use their gifts and talents to make a differece in this global community. Dominican Republic has many diverse ecosystems and each of these unique habitats is rich in plant and animal biodiversity. The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. Through our partnerships with local orphanages and organizations, groups will have the opportunity to aid the local children through mentoring and medical help.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Santo Domingo

Fly into Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The group will then make the transfer to San Cristobal. After dinner we will have a group orientation and introduction to the service project.

Day 2 – Aid Orphanage and Refugees

Following breakfast, the school group will head to the orphanage. Participants will help with cleaning from the hurricane damage. There may be an opportunity help with a variety of tasks from cleanup to light construction. A time of reflection will close out the day following dinner.

 Day 3 – Local Medical Clinic and Work Project

This morning will once again be spent at the orphanage. In the afternoon the group will head to the medical clinic to help as needed on various projects.

Day 4 – Hurricane Damage Cleanup

Following breakfast, the group will help with distribution of meals, cleaning, damage repair and a variety of other relief tasks.  A time of reflection will close out the day.

 Day 5 – Visit Santo Domingo

Today your school group will continue with their work project. Following lunch they will head to Santo Domingo and enjoy time for souvenir shopping. Dinner will be enjoyed in the capital city.

 Day 6 – Last Day in San Cristobal

This will be the last day on the work project for the orphanage. Students will wrap up any loose ends at the project site and say goodbye to the children they have been serving all week. Enjoy a deep time of reflection before getting to bed.

Day 7 – Visit the 27 Waterfalls Damajaqua Cascades

The Damajaqua Cascades is a series of 27 waterfalls located on the Rio Bajabonico. Enjoy hiking up the mountain, then sliding and jumping through the crystal clear pools of water and waterfalls on your way down.

Day 8 – The Journey Home

After breakfast the group will prepare for the trip home.

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the 27 waterfalls
  • Snorkel on a living reef
  • Lead a medical clinic
  • Volunteer at a local orphanage
  • Assist with building water filtration units

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 star or more on Trip Advisor
All Meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.