Dominican Republic

 

High School Student Travel in the Dominican Republic

Explore the Dominican Republic With No Barriers Youth Programming

Welcome to the Dominican Republic – one of the most enthusiastic and energetic islands in the Caribbean! While most travelers to the Dominican Republic dream of the beaches and mountains, our programs go much deeper than the average tourist’s trip taking you off the beaten track and into the hearts and lives of the people who inhabit this great nation. Each program in the Dominican Republic dives deep into life-changing service including community development, environmental conservation, or community infrastructure. Unique partnerships in the Dominican Republic allow students to deeply connect with members of the communities where they serve. Take your high schoolers to the Dominican Republic and give them a taste of adventure!

  • Contribute to ongoing infrastructure service projects and build dignified housing for sugarcane workers in San Pedro de Macoris Province.
  • Work with marine biologists and contribute to local sustainability projects.
  • Soak up the sun on some of the island’s most beautiful beaches.
  • Join ongoing community service projects designed to help create infrastructure in rural villages.

What to Know Before Educational Trips to the Dominican Republic

While in the Dominican Republic, you can expect people to be very friendly and often hug or kiss you on the cheek when they first meet you—it’s their warm, friendly culture, inviting you in! Be sure to pack your ball cap because you can baseball to be just about everywhere. It’s the national pastime and many local kids dream of making it to the major leagues in the U.S.

A key part of making the most of any educational tours in the Dominican Republic is a willingness to step out of your comfort zone. Taste-test the local food (make sure sancocho, empanadas, and mangu are on the list)! Try your luck at those spicy merengue moves. Be open to learning about Caribbean culture and local ways of life.

Make your high school trip abroad to the Dominican Republic as memorable—and meaningful—as possible. We can help.

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Carribbean Living and Island Beats

Day 1: Welcome to the Dominican Republic! 
  • Afternoon: Arrive in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and head to your hotel in Jarabacoa where you will settle in and relax. 
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead and enjoy a delicious dinner. Participate in your No Barriers opening ceremony. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Jarabacoa 
Day 2: Community Service  
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before starting off on your community service projects in the community. Learn about past work in the community and the current efforts underway to promote access to sanitation and water in the region. 
  • Afternoon: Work alongside locals from the surrounding communities on your project. Learn about their lives in the highlands of the Dominican Republic while contributing to your work together. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a delicious dinner and participate in an interactive Dominican culture presentation. Learn more about traditional dance in the DR and try your new footwork skills. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Jarabacoa 
Day 3: Service and Las Galeras 
  • Morning: After breakfast, head back to your service site and continue working on your project. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, wrap up your contribution to your project, say goodbye to your new friends and then drive to the north coast of the island. Arrive to the town of Las Galeras and settle in at your eco lodge. 
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner together and discuss your service experience so far. 
  • Accommodation: Eco Lodge, Las Galeras 
Day 4: Hiking and Horseback Riding 
  • Morning: Enjoy time at the beach in the morning. Swim in the clear waters of the Caribbean and enjoy the white sand. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, take a horseback ride to a secluded beach. Enjoy time to marvel at the pristine landscape and enjoy leisure time to enjoy the bay and surrounding landscape. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a seafood dinner with your group. 
  • Accommodation: Eco Lodge, Las Galeras 
Day 5: Boat across Samaná Bay 
  • Morning: After breakfast, take a boat across the Samaná Bay to get to Los Haitises National Park. 
  • Afternoon: Have lunch with your group and spend the afternoon enjoying the hotel’s natural pools. Optional: Hike on one of the nature trails around the hotel. 
  • Evening: After dinner, have an early bedtime to rest up for your service day tomorrow. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Sabana de la Mar 
Day 6: Boat Tour and Mangrove Restoration 
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out to a boat tour of Los Haitises National Park. Participate in a mangrove restoration service project with the assistance of a local youth group. 
  • Afternoon: Arrive back to the hotel for lunch and enjoy time at the hotel’s many natural pools. Optional: hike on one of the nature trails around the hotel. 
  • Evening: After dinner with your group, participate in the No Barriers closing ceremony around a bonfire. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Sabana de la Mar 
Day 7: Explore Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone 
  • Morning: Have breakfast in your hotel and then depart for Santo Domingo.  
  • Afternoon: Take a walking tour of the Colonial Zone and spend time souvenir shopping at the local market. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and traditional dance at a Dominican restaurant. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Santo Domingo 
Day 8: Adios, Dominican Republic!  
  • Morning: Say goodbye to the Dominican Republic and return home with a new appreciation for Dominican culture and the environment!

Village Service in the Dominican Highlands

Day 1: Welcome to the Dominican Republic!
  • Afternoon: Arrive in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and head to your hotel in Jarabacoa, where you will settle in and relax. 
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead and enjoy a delicious dinner. Participate in your No Barriers opening ceremony. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Jarabacoa 
Day 2: Explore your surroundings in Jarabacoa 
  • Morning: Wake up in the cool mountain air and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Tour the town of Jarabacoa and visit the beautiful Baiguate Waterfall. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch at the hotel, head to the community where you will start your service project, get to know the people, and begin your project. Learn about past work in the community and the current efforts underway to promote access to sanitation and water in the region. 
  • Evening: Participate in a program discussion and enjoy leadership games with your team. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Jarabacoa 
Days 3-4: Community Service  
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before continuing your community service projects in the community. 
  • Afternoon: Work alongside locals from the surrounding communities on your project. Learn about their life in the highlands of the Dominican Republic while contributing to your work together. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a delicious dinner and participate in an interactive Dominican culture presentation. Learn more about traditional dance in the DR and try your new footwork skills. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Jarabacoa 
Day 5: Finish Service and head to the beach 
  • Morning: After breakfast, head back to your service site to finish your project. Share some final goodbyes with your community hosts. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, drive to Sosua and settle in to the hotel. Enjoy an afternoon swimming at the beach in the clear waters of the Caribbean. 
  • Evening: Relax by the ocean in Sosua and watch the sunset. Enjoy a seafood dinner with your group 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Sosua 
Day 6: Beach time 
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast and then spend the morning at the beach. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, participate in a snorkeling excursion to a nearby reef. Locate specific fish with the help of your tour guide.  
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner together with your group and participate in the No Barriers closing ceremony on the beach. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Sosua 
Day 7: Explore Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone 
  • Morning: Have breakfast in your hotel and then depart for Santo Domingo.  
  • Afternoon: Take a walking tour of the Colonial Zone and spend time souvenir shopping at the local market. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and traditional dance at a Dominican restaurant. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Santo Domingo 
Day 8: Adios, Dominican Republic!  
  • Morning: Say goodbye to the Dominican Republic and return home with a new appreciation for Dominican culture and the environment! 

Marine Service in the Caribbean

Day 1: Welcome to the Dominican Republic!
  • Afternoon: Arrive in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and head to your hotel in Bayahibe where you will settle in and relax. 
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead and enjoy a delicious dinner. Participate in your No Barriers opening ceremony. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Bayahibe 
Days 2-3: Marine Service in the Caribbean 
  • Morning: Have breakfast at your hotel then meet FUNDEMAR, the Marine Conservation NGO that you will be working with. Divide into small groups as you familiarize yourself with the tools and techniques of marine life conservation. Service initiatives may consist of: 
  • building coral reef structures marine life and coastal erosion monitoring building buoys other projects depending on the local need(s) 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, head back to your service site and continue working on your project. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a delicious dinner and participate in an interactive Dominican culture presentation. Learn more about traditional dance in the DR and try your new footwork skills. On the evening of day 3, participate in a service discussion about the work you have participated in so far. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Bayahibe 
Day 4: Sea Turtle Conservation 
  • Morning: After breakfast, board a boat to Saona Island. Learn about the sea turtle conservation project there and ways you can contribute to its success. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy the beaches of Saona Island.  
  • Evening: After dinner with your group, participate in a turtle walk to locate nests, recover eggs, and help conserve the turtles nesting on this protected island. Arrive back late to your accommodation in Saona and settle in for the evening.. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Saona Island 
Day 5: Ziplining and Natural Pools 
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast on Saona before sailing back to Bayahibe. Arrive back to the port and then head off to your next destination, Sabana de la Mar. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, go ziplining in Anayuma’s jungle and then complete your drive to your accommodation outside of Los Haitises National Park. 
  • Evening: Settle in to your rooms, have dinner and an early sleep for your adventure day tomorrow. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Sabana de la Mar 
Day 6: Boat Tour and Mangrove Restoration 
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a boat tour of Los Haitises National Park. Participate in a mangrove restoration service project with the assistance of a local youth group. 
  • Afternoon: Arrive back to the hotel for lunch and enjoy time at the hotel’s many natural pools. Optional: Hike on one of the nature trails around the hotel. 
  • Evening: After dinner with your group, participate in the No Barriers closing ceremony around a bonfire 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Sabana de la Mar 
Day 7: Explore Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone 
  • Morning: Have breakfast in your hotel and then depart for Santo Domingo.  
  • Afternoon: Take a walking tour of the Colonial Zone and spend time souvenir shopping at the local market. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and traditional dance at a traditional Dominican restaurant. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Santo Domingo 
Day 8: Adios, Dominican Republic!  
  • Morning: Say goodbye to the Dominican Republic and return home with a new appreciation for Dominican culture and the environment! 

Leadership Challenge

Day 1: Welcome to the Dominican Republic!
  • Afternoon: Arrive in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and enjoy a scenic drive to your hotel in San Pedro, where you will settle in and relax. 
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead and enjoy a delicious Dominican dinner. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro 
Day 2: Learn about the Bateyes 
  • Morning: Breakfast with your group then head to the sugarcane fields to receive a demonstration of harvesting sugarcane and talk with cane cutters about their work. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, start preparing for kids camp with your group. 
  • Evening: Have a delicious dinner and enjoy a Dominican Culture night with dance classes. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro 
Day 3: First Day of Camp
  • Morning: Have breakfast and prepare your camp for the students’ arrival. 
  • Afternoon: Start camp after lunch, playing educational games with the children until the end of the day. 
  • Evening: Have dinner with your group and prepare for the next day’s camp. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro 
Day 4: Camp Day for Local Students 
  • Morning: After breakfast, continue running the kids camp in the bateyes. 
  • Afternoon: Have lunch with the children, then continue playing until the end of the day. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a group dinner, reflect on your day and prepare for tomorrow’s camp. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro 
Day 5: Camp Day for Local Students 
  • Morning: Have breakfast then spend your last morning playing with the campers. 
  • Afternoon: Have lunch, then travel to the community where the campers live, meet the community members and learn about their daily life. 
  • Evening: Reflect about your camp experience with your group after dinner. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, San Pedro 
Day 6: Tropical Paradise! 
  • Morning: Drive to Bayahibe and board a catamaran for an all-day excursion to Saona Island. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch and beach time, sail back to Bayahibe to get settled in to your hotel. 
  • Evening: Have a nice dinner out in Bayahibe. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Bayahibe 
Day 7: Explore Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone 
  • Morning: Have breakfast in your hotel and depart to Santo Domingo.  
  • Afternoon: Take a walking tour of the Colonial Zone and go souvenir shopping at the local market. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and traditional dance in a Dominican restaurant. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Santo Domingo 
Day 8: Adios, Dominican Republic!  
  • Morning: Say goodbye to the Dominican Republic and return home with a new appreciation for Dominican history and culture! 

Bateye Service and Cultural Immersion

Day 1: Welcome to the Dominican Republic!
  • Afternoon: Arrive to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and head to the volunteer center in Consuelo where you will settle in and relax. 
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead and enjoy a delicious Dominican dinner. Participate in your No Barriers opening ceremony. 
  • Accommodation: Volunteer Center, Consuelo 
Day 2: Learn about the Bateyes 
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the volunteer center before heading out to the sugarcane fields. Receive a demonstration of harvesting sugarcane and talk with cane cutters about their work. Learn more about the people who inhabit this part of the DR and the demands of everyday life in the region. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch at the volunteer center, head to the community where you will start your service project and get to know the people who will benefit from your work.  Students will participate in several ongoing projects in the community from cementing floors, building latrines, and assisting with the construction of sustainable homes for families.  
  • Evening: Have a delicious dinner and enjoy a Dominican Culture night with dance classes. 
  • Accommodation: Volunteer Center, Consuelo 
Day 3-5: Bateye Service 
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast with your group before heading back out to the host community where you will continue to work on your project. One morning, meet with a local aid worker from a partner organization to learn more about the conditions of the Bateyes and the needs of the people living in this region. 
  • Afternoon: Each afternoon, continue working on your project, spend time learning with local kids, or take a break after service to play baseball with community members. 
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner back at the volunteer center and then participate in a discussion on the service project you have participated in throughout the week 
  • Accommodation: Volunteer Center, Consuelo 
Day 6: Tropical Paradise! 
  • Morning: After four full days of service, say goodbye to your new friends and head off to the next part of your journey. Arriving to Bayahibe, the group will board a catamaran for an all-day excursion to Saona Island. Swim in the tropical waters of the Caribbean, enjoy a beachside lunch and look for dolphins playing in the waves. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, sail back to Bayahibe and spend time wandering a local crafts market.. 
  • Evening: Have dinner in Bayahibe and participate in the No Barriers closing ceremony. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Bayahibe 
Day 7: Explore Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone 
  • Morning: Have breakfast in your hotel and then depart for Santo Domingo.  
  • Afternoon: Take a walking tour of the Colonial Zone and spend time souvenir shopping at the local market. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and traditional dance at a Dominican restaurant. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Santo Domingo 
Day 8: Adios, Dominican Republic!  
  • Morning: Say goodbye to the Dominican Republic and return home with a new appreciation for Dominican culture and the environment! 

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader