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Dominican Republic Community Development and Awareness Project

Dominican Republic Community Development and Awareness Project

Make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged women & children and gain a lifetime of wonderful friends and incredible memories.

Prices from $1,745

There is so much more to this dazzling part of the Caribbean than picture perfect beaches fringed with iridescent sandy shores. Enjoy balmy, sun soaked days and tropical nights while dancing to merengue music and enjoying Dominican Republic food. Immerse yourself in the community; watch a game of dominoes being played on aluminium tables in the shade of a bar painted sky blue, smell the pungent aroma of locally made cigars and enjoy the honey sweet coffee that the Dominican Republic is famous for.

With this project you can bring hope and happiness to the young members of the community of Las Terrenas, in the peninsula of Samana, by supporting their development and improving their lives. The township of Samana is extremely peaceful and people enjoy a largely laid back lifestyle. The social and political environment is safe and authorities are very helpful and welcome the presence of foreign volunteers. Despite the resilience and ingenuity of Dominican Republicans, many people still face significant challenges as the population grows and society diversifies. About one in five Dominicans lives in poverty and almost one in ten in extreme poverty. It is essential that the situation is recognised and tackled. Lack of basic services such as education, infrastructure and healthcare, along with limited job prospects are common difficulties managed by the people of the Dominican Republic.

Through a programme of Community Development you will inspire young minds and watch their confidence grow.  All while you get fully integrated into the local community and fall forever in love with the people, landscapes, beaches and culture that this magical destination has to offer.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
•    Make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged women & children
•    Stay in this dazzling part of the Caribbean
•    Gain a lifetime of wonderful friends and incredible memories

FAST FACTS

Location    Las Terrenas, Peninsula of Samana, Dominican Republic
       
Activities
•    Raise awareness on topics related to personal development, leadership and life skills
•    Building community support for youth development and Women’s empowerment
•    Extracurricular activities including team work, service activities and promotion of constructive use of free time

Transport     Airport pickup and transfer to the project site can be booked at an additional cost of 30 $ from of Santo Domingo-Las Américas airport, or 50 $ from Samaná - El Catey Airport.10 minute walk from accommodation to work placement

Accommodation   Studio apartment

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go
•    Pre-departure support
•    Travel advice & documentation
•    Kit advice
•    Discounted medical kit
•    Free Frontier T-shirt (UK Only)
In-country
•    Airport pick up
•    Accommodation
•    Local orientation & comprehensive project training
•    24 hour in-country support
•    International HQ emergency support & back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This project offers you a unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience of working in community development in the Dominican Republic. You will have the chance to develop your practical skills whilst developing relationships with leaders in the field.
The Dominican Republic Community Development Project has the ambitious and rewarding aim to empower children, youth and women through educational platforms in order for them to receive the necessary support to develop their potentials and improve their lives. Volunteers will have the opportunity to make an important change to the local community by empowering the members of the community with educational activities such as assisting teachers, taking care of unprivileged children and young adults.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
The most successful volunteers are typically those who remain flexible and are as proactive as possible. This requires flexibility and commitment on the part of the participant. Volunteers are expected to assist in the preparation of intercultural events and recreational, developmental and therapeutic activities. Your role will be crucial as you will be collaborating in different activities that will require you not only to assist staff but also work directly with the beneficiaries, unprivileged children and young adults.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Volunteers are required to know a basic level of Spanish.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
Upon arrival at one of the main airports (Santo Domingo-Las Americas airport; or Samana-El Catey airport) you can either book an airport pick up with a member of our staff or reach the project site independently. If you arrive late at night, we can provide the contact details for a hotel near the airport.


WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Volunteers will be staying in the volunteer guesthouse, which is located in the centre of town and only minutes from the beach front walking promenade where you will find a multitude of restaurants, bars, banks, shops and internet cafes with WiFi. The accommodation will be “Studio apartment” style.


WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
The accommodation does not include food. As volunteers cater meals for themselves, they often decide to shop for food and prepare meals together with other volunteers. This provides a great opportunity for cultural exchange and bonding between volunteers. There are also numerous restaurants located a short walking distance from the volunteer house.
Having the opportunity to shop from local market is a great way to explore the local street food in nearby shops and restaurants. Dominican food is as colourful as the landscape and language and is inspired by the islands Antillean roots and hearty Creole influences. Light spices and coconut add depth and flavour to dishes and warm the soul! Try fried plantains, or the "flag meal" which is rice, beans, meat and vegetables. Goat stew is also popular. Most food here is similar to Central America – lots of rice, fish, and fresh seafood!
 

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EXTRAS
There is no end of activities and sights to visit in your spare time. Visit the north coast for some of the best windsurfing or kite boarding found in the world, go whale watching, try fun hiking, biking or even white water rafting for those adrenaline seekers! You may also like to visit the Caribbean's highest peak or the Playa Rincon, said to be one of the best beaches in the world. There are numerous amazing beaches very close by and public transport is very economic. In-country staff can help you with pricing and booking trips with local operators after you arrive in Dominican Republic. Hunt round the quaint town of Monte Cristo for some great fun including bargain priced jewellery made from handcrafted beads, and try some with some of the local rum in one of the colourful bars!
 

COSTS

4 weeks $1,745

5 weeks $1,895

6 weeks $2,045

7 weeks $2,245

8 weeks $2,395

9 weeks $2,595

10 weeks $2,745

extra week $345

Every Monday

DURATION
Minimum 4 weeks
Maximum 12 months

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Before you go
•    Pre-departure support
•    Travel advice & documentation
•    Kit advice
•    Discounted medical kit
•    Free Frontier T-shirt (UK Only)
In-country
•    Airport pick up
•    Accommodation
•    Local orientation & comprehensive project training
•    24 hour in-country support
•    International HQ emergency support & back-up

 

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Santo Domingo Las Americas Apt (SDQ), Samana (AZS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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