Rustic Pathways has been running programs in Latin America since 2003. In 2011, we began programs in the beautiful country of the Dominican Republic. With strong focuses on environmental, social and infrastructural service in this island paradise, Rustic Pathways is very pleased to share this slice of paradise, through our eyes, with its students.
We custom design our Journeys to meet your school’s requirements, so please contact us to discuss the type of experience you are looking for. As a general guide, here are some of the potential elements of your Journey through Dominican Republic:
Rustic Pathways has developed various partnerships with communities, villages and local organisations in Dominican Republic. While both rich in wildlife and culture this island country still has need of meaningful of service work in a number of areas. Some of our service projects that you could support include:
Ecological Restoration Projects: Explore and get your hands dirty with mangroves, reef formations and marine wildlife at Los Haitises National Park on the Samana Peninsula.
English Tutoring: Learn about Dominican Republic culture and traditions as you run an English tutoring program for children at a school Village infrastructure: Participate in small-scale construction work and improving local infrastructure such as building an aqueduct or repairing a village house.
Jarabacoa: The rural Dominican Republic is home to some of the lowest standards of living in the country. Houses often lack running water or electricity, and sewage systems are absent in many places. You will work alongside locals to help raise the living standards doing one of many projects initiated by the community, based on the needs at the time.
Kids Camp: Your trip leaders will give you guidance and time throughout the program to plan activities for a full day of camp for local children from the community. You and your team will manage camp stations including sports, games, arts & crafts, and education workshops.
Batey Community: Service initiatives vary based on local needs, so you may help with construction or agricultural projects, English lessons, educational workshops, or designing activities for local children.
Medical Service: Work alongside health care professionals on high-impact public health projects across the Dominican Republic. Identify health needs of rural, urban, wealthy, and impoverished communities and help develop meaningful public service initiatives.
With a rich history and blend of many cultures, this tropical paradise has many facets to its social and cultural sides. We have been developing relationship with partner organisations that give you the opportunity to see first-hand the lifestyle and culture of the Dominican Republic. You may like to incorporate some of the following experiences into your Journey:
Colonial Zone: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the first university, cathedral and hospital in the Americas. Take a tour of the walled city and learn about the deep history of the first European settlement in the Americas
The Bateyes: Learn about the issues facing the Batayes, marginalized Haitian-Dominican communities, on this service and cultural expedition. Get to know the locals through service work as you live amongst them and learn about their life stories.
Jarabacoa Province: Take a tour of a local ranch and sustainable farm near the Rustic Pathways base. Enjoy a home-cooked traditional Dominican meal made with vegetables from the ranch’s organic gardens and learn about the organic farming and energy reclamation projects that the ranch is known for
Wilderness First Aid: Earn your Wilderness First Aid certification and apply your new skills to helping communities in need.
Adventure and challenge is inherent to every Journey, however, if you are looking to physically challenge your students through a specific activity, you may opt to include:
Los Haitises: Take a boat through the canals of the Rio Caño Hondo to explore caves and beaches in the area.
Kayak, Sail, And Snorkel: Get out on the warm Dominican ocean to try your hand at any of these activities.
White-water rafting: Throw on a lifejacket and head down the white water rapids of the Rio Yaque del Norte, the longest river in the Caribbean.
Dominican Alps: Throw on the backpack and through the Dominican Alps, passing through some truly amazing landscapes and beautiful rainforest, this adventure can last 1 or more days.
PADI Open Water Certification: Dive in clear Caribbean water and swim around the tropical fish and coral reefs while you earn your PADI Open Water Certificate in sunny paradise.
There are various accommodation options that we can offer in Costa Rica; it depends on how “rustic” you would like your Journey to be.
Hotels: A variety of 3, 4 & 5 star hotels in cities and towns
Guesthouses: Primarily used while in smaller towns, this is a great combination of comfort and lifestyle in the Dominican.
The Base: Jarabacoa – Students can stay at an eco- lodge in dormitories or hotel-style rooms. Facility has swimming pool, common areas, and other recreational activities.
Please chat to us if you have any special requests that you would like included in your Journey. There is nothing too big, small, or out-of-the-box that we can’t handle.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start designing your Journey! We would be delighted to partner with your school to support the global education of your students.