8 days
Northern Coast and Central Mountain Regions – Estimated 8 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable
Dive into island life in the Dominican Republic, from Santo Domingo to the central mountains to the northern coast. You’ll experience the vibrant local heritage as you explore historical museums and celebrate traditional customs with locals. While you become immersed in the culture, you’ll journey deep into the central and northern regions for a few days where you’ll work together with community members to address environmental, conservation and education challenges through a series of small service projects.
Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Dominican Culture
  • Environmental Conservation
  • 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 | SANTIAGO
  • 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.
  • Transfer to Santiago, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner.
 
DAY 8: DEPART FOR HOME

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Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Dominican Culture
  • Environmental Conservation
  • 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 | SANTIAGO
  • 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.
  • Transfer to Santiago, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner.
 
DAY 8: DEPART FOR HOME

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & Transportation

    Your flights—covered. Buses, trains, cruise ships and ferries—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Hotels

    Enjoy a 7-night stay in hotels.

  • Regional Meals

    Traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners bring local flavors to life as part of your trip experience.

  • Field Director

    Your bilingual, culturally connected Field Director stays with you 24/7 to handle all on-trip logistics and facilitates post-project reflection activities.

  • 8 Service Hours

    Earn up to 8 service hours that count towards academic credit and the presidential award.

  • Volunteer and Leadership Activities

    Participate in volunteer, leadership, action planning and social issue activities.

  • Guided Sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from your licensed local guides while they lead you on sightseeing tours.

  • Entrances

    Gain access to local attractions, like nature hikes with your guide—we'll take care of lines and tickets.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director and more.
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