Culture and Service in the Dominican Republic

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Culture and Service in the Dominican Republic

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Grade: 8th

Travel Dates: July 14 through July 21

* All tour dates are tentative until flights are booked in spring 2017

Itinerary:

Your Service Project Themes
Local non-profits help tour planners to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include Dominican culture, environmental conservation, and education. 
 
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SANTO DOMINGO
Meet your Field Director at the airport. After you arrive at your accommodations, settle in and meet your group for the country orientation and safety overview.

DAY 2: SANTO DOMINGO
Take a guided tour of the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, take a scenic ride through the central mountain range to your service project location.
•    Learn about your first service project during orientation.
•    Take a tour of the local community you’ll be serving.
 
DAY 3: SERVICE PROJECT — CENTRAL MOUNTAIN REGION
As communities evolve so do their needs. We’ll work closely with area non-profits and community members to better understand local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like. 
•    In the morning, begin your environmentally focused service project in a nearby village.
•    Spend the afternoon immersed in cultural activities.
•    In the evening, reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.
 
DAY 4: SANTIAGO
On your way to the north coast, stop in Santiago and spend the day immersed in local culture as you explore the 15th-century city known for its cathedrals, architecture and museums. Today, you'll: 
•    Take a ceramics workshop with a local artisan.
•    Learn about Dominican history at the Centro de Leon museum.
•    Visit a nearby farm and explore all that's involved with a local harvest.
 
DAYS 5-6: SERVICE PROJECT — NORTHERN COAST
Focus your efforts on an education-themed service project in a northern coast community. You also have the option to add a surf lesson with a local expert.

DAY 7: NATIONAL MARINE PARK AND MANGROVE TOUR
•    Take a guided tour of a national marine park where tropical plants and pristine beaches abound. Enjoy a naturalist tour of the lagoon.
•    Explore the mangroves by boat with your expert local tour guide.
 
DAY 8: DEPART FOR HOME

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