8 days
Dominican Republic - Estimated 20 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable
Journey to the Dominican Republic to discover the wonders of marine life— and what you can do to help preserve it. Here, you’ll learn about the effects of overfishing, tourism and climate change on coral reef in the Caribbean before joining the movement to support its restoration. Working together with community members, you’ll collect fragments of naturally broken coral and transplant them back into the reef, and do your part to preserve this important ecosystem. As you foster meaningful relationships within the community, you’ll celebrate customs and help continue conservation efforts for generation to come.
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: 
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Cultural Immersion and Diversity

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 an orientation and safety overview.

DAY 2: SERVICE PROJECT — MARINE AND ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like: 
  • Meet EF’s partner organization and learn how it is working to improve the state of coral reef in the Dominican Republic.
  • Discuss coral reef biology and restoration practices.
  • Study the relationship between mangrove forest, coral reef, and fresh water.
  • Practice snorkeling techniques as you learn how to identify local species of fish and gather scientific data within marine ecosystems.
 
DAY 3: SOUTHEAST COAST
  • Process scientific data gathered during a coral reef restoration campaign.
  • Explore a mangrove ecosystem.
 
DAY 4: SOUTHEAST COAST
  • Meet a community association to learn about their transition from a fishing to ecotourism as you explore the social dynamics of marine conservation.
  • Participate in a mangrove reforestation project.
 
DAY 5: SOUTH COAST REGION
  • Continue your coral reef restoration project by studying a unique coral species.
  • Participate in a meet and greet with marine biologists.
  • Discover what a career in marine conservation could mean for you.

 
DAY 6: CENTRAL MOUNTAIN REGION

  • Explore the importance of environmental conservation in the country’s mountain region.
  • Participate in a white water rafting excursion or learn about regional mountain ecosystems on a nature trail hike.

 

 
DAY 7: ISLAND EXCURSION 
  • Enjoy a relaxing day snorkeling and observing local coral reef, a beautiful example of successful conservation efforts within the Dominican Republic.
 
DAY 8: DEPART FOR HOME
 
Interested in learning more about this tour?
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: 
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Cultural Immersion and Diversity

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 an orientation and safety overview.

DAY 2: SERVICE PROJECT — MARINE AND ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like: 
  • Meet EF’s partner organization and learn how it is working to improve the state of coral reef in the Dominican Republic.
  • Discuss coral reef biology and restoration practices.
  • Study the relationship between mangrove forest, coral reef, and fresh water.
  • Practice snorkeling techniques as you learn how to identify local species of fish and gather scientific data within marine ecosystems.
 
DAY 3: SOUTHEAST COAST
  • Process scientific data gathered during a coral reef restoration campaign.
  • Explore a mangrove ecosystem.
 
DAY 4: SOUTHEAST COAST
  • Meet a community association to learn about their transition from a fishing to ecotourism as you explore the social dynamics of marine conservation.
  • Participate in a mangrove reforestation project.
 
DAY 5: SOUTH COAST REGION
  • Continue your coral reef restoration project by studying a unique coral species.
  • Participate in a meet and greet with marine biologists.
  • Discover what a career in marine conservation could mean for you.

 
DAY 6: CENTRAL MOUNTAIN REGION

  • Explore the importance of environmental conservation in the country’s mountain region.
  • Participate in a white water rafting excursion or learn about regional mountain ecosystems on a nature trail hike.

 

 
DAY 7: ISLAND EXCURSION 
  • Enjoy a relaxing day snorkeling and observing local coral reef, a beautiful example of successful conservation efforts within the Dominican Republic.
 
DAY 8: DEPART FOR HOME
 
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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & Transportation

    Your flights—covered. Ground transportation—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.

  • 20 Service Hours

    Earn up to 20 service hours that count towards academic credit.

  • 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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