• Dominican Republic
1 - 4 weeks

Program Details

Hotel Lodge


Price Details
Every student who attends a Global Glimpse partner school is eligible for a need-based scholarship. Since 2007, Global Glimpse has provided over $13 million dollars in scholarships to make our program accessible to students from all backgrounds.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airfare Meals Transportation
What's Included (Extra)

Global Glimpse partners with Away Travel to provide a scholarship to cover the cost of passports for accepted students who will be getting their first passport in order to participate in the Global Glimpse program.

What's Not Included
Jul 26, 2023
Jul 13, 2024
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About Program

The Dominican Republic is a vibrant nation that breathes the heat and energy of the Caribbean. The musical rhythms and bright colors of this beautiful island are deepened by the complex history of the island of Hispaniola, which you will begin to unravel as you walk through colonial streets and explore its mountainous terrain.

White sand beaches, deep tropical jungles, mysterious mountains, and cascading waterfalls make the Dominican Republic a popular tourist destination, but tourists only touch the surface. On this program, you will have the opportunity to dive into this fascinating country. Dominicans are born dancing the Latin rhythms of merengue, bachata, and salsa and carry the energy and passion of the dance into their daily lives.

The Dominican Republic is a safe country serving 4 million tourists annually; though we avoid tourist-heavy areas the country does have strong infrastructure and resources to support this industry.

Program Reviews

4.86 Rating
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  • Growth 4.9
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.95
  • Housing 4.45
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Life Changing Opportunity!

My name is Diego and I'm a rising senior from the Bay Area and I recently returned from my trip to Constanza, Dominican Republic (C2A) through Global Glimpse. The opportunity to travel to a new country and learn about a new culture was something that I could not pass on and had to experience. Thankfully, Global Glimpse made the trip very affordable to my family which was incredible because I probably would not have gone on the trip without the help of them and all the donors who support the students who want to join the program. The trip was such an amazing experience and has left a great mark on my life that I will truly remember forever. During my trip, I was able to engage with the communities in the Dominican Republic and learn about their everyday lives, something that I will forever cherish because it was so much fun but very eye-opening at the same time. Getting to play with the kids made me feel like a kid again and being surrounded by the welcoming people of the community we visited made all of us feel right at home. I was also able to learn about the immigration crisis that is going on in the Dominican Republic with Haitian immigrants who face much oppression and prejudice in the DR which really was extremely heartbreaking. Getting to hear the stories and visiting the sugar cane plantations in which these immigrants have to work was something that truly changed my outlook on the world and made me realize how fortunate and privileged my life is. My trip to Constanza also provided me with many great friends who I was able to connect with, we all came as strangers at the beginning but left as best friends by the end of our journey together. The program coordinators and leaders were incredible and made the experience so fun and memorable. They always made sure we were safe and that all of us felt included and heard. The food and accommodations were also amazing and way much better than what I was anticipating, the food was delicious and the accommodation was really comfortable and cozy. The experience I had on my trip was unforgettable and if I could do it again I for sure would. Letting go of my family was hard at first but the people who you share your trip with really help ease any feelings of homesickness that you might have on your trip. I highly encourage any student who is open to new experiences to apply and just do it because it's truly such an awesome experience! It helps disconnect you from your everyday life with social media and truly connect with the world around you.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My most nerve-racking moment was for sure doing a talent to become the leader of the day because I had no idea what to do for my talent. This was something that I was not looking forward to doing but I got so comfortable with the people on my trip that it was not bad at all. They always made me feel safe no matter how simple or weird the talent may be so it ended up being something that I found funny and not serious at all.
  • Getting to meet amazing people from different backgrounds
  • Enjoy the food and culture of a new country
  • Getting to be more aware about global issues
  • Living without my family
  • Adapting to a new schedule and living arrangement
  • wish it was longer
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Getting able to experience a different life

Global glimpse is easily on of the best programs I've ever been apart of which makes sense since it is on of the few programs available that allows you an opportunity to leave the country, and In doing so, I was able to not only have the best two weeks of my life, but also developing a appreciation for a different culture, which was the most important takeaway for me. Trust me, on this trip you will meet amazing people that you will want to stay in touch with forever, and not only that, but get pretty close with them in such a short time while making amazing memories, which is what most people love about this program. But the experiences you will have meeting the local people is everything. This program will not just teach you everything but will instead show you everything which is so important to really learning about struggles diffrent cultures face and how You will be able to see the closeness people going through struggle have that you might not see back in your communities, teamwork and solidarity beetween people that you won't see, all because of a different environment and culture, which is beautiful. And focusing away from there struggles is also smth seen on the trip. It's not just the problems, it's also the positives, you will see beautiful architecture that local people are proud of, you will enjoy food that local people are proud of, and you will learn to support people so they can support themselves and other in return. You will get to enjoy a new and beautiful way of life, and get a passion to help support more people, the passion to lead. And a passion to learn outside of your comfort zone.

What would you improve about this program?
Sadly, the biggest hurdle of those program is the price point. Especially for certain areas. It just isn't possible for most people to afford this experience which is devastating when it is so important for growing people to be more independent, better leaders, and more understanding people
  • The food you will try is new and absolutely amazing
  • The people you meet are amazing and will be close friends
  • The lessons you will learn will be invaluable
  • There's not a whole lot of freedom, when it comes to exploring the area at your leisure
  • You are on the programs time not your time, so you have to really cherish your personal time
  • Too short of an experience, was sad when it ended so soon
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Global Glimpse

Hi!! i was given the opportunity to travel with Global Glimpse to the Dominican Republic this year and i’m so glad i went. it was such an amazing experience getting to know other people in my delegation, along with the leaders and program coordinators who were incredibly supportive and helpful. it was my first time being so far away from home and everyone i was around made me feel safe and welcome in a completely new environment, and i felt comfortable asking for help and advice. the trip was very well structured and the coordinators did a really great job of making sure we were on time for our activities and made sure we were able to build community with each other, and the locals we met. it was a really nice balance of being an educational trip and fun trip since at the accommodation we had free time between activities and a fun day towards the end of the first week, so we didn’t feel burnt out or stressed the entire time. this was such a valuable trip for me and really sparked my interest in travel and public service and i know it’ll do the same for future glimpsers!

What was your funniest moment?
community day when the other people in my delegation played a huge game of freeze tag with the kids in the community we met!
  • food was really good, felt really healthy
  • everyone was really supportive and helpful wherever you went
  • even if you don’t know that much spanish, you’ll be able to participate and have opportunities to learn as you go
  • i underestimated how hot it would be and didn’t pack accordingly
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I really enjoyed my trip with Global Glimpse

This trip really helped me grow as an individual and learn more about the world around me. By working with peers of my age, I was able to learn more about the Dominican Republic and the people there. Through our excursions planned by Global Glimpse, we made strong bonds that helped us complete our project for the community. These activities made me realize who I am on my own and with others. While contact home was limited, Global Glimpse helped ease other worries such as financial problems by offering scholarships and installment opportunities. In essence, Global Glimpse provides high school students with a great way to see the world they live in and develop themselves.

What would you improve about this program?
I would ask for more phone calls home because many parents were worried for their children, and hearing each other's voices would alleviate that panic.
  • Learning about a new culture
  • Being able to tour a city different from your own
  • Making more friends
  • Limited phone calls home
  • Unsafe drinking water
  • Bad drainage system (in the DR)
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San Pedro de Macorís Greatness

Traveling to a different country without your family and with no technology for two weeks might sound scary at first but despite the concerns and the hesitations, traveling to one of the 3 countries offered by Global Glimpse (Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Panama) is a life changing experience you would not want to miss out on. Personally I was really hesitant and had many worries about this trip but once I was at the airport on my way to the Dominican Republic all my worries went away because I knew how accomplishing it felt for my family and I to be able to send me on this trip. The moment I knew this trip would allow me to bond and create new connections was when at the airport everyone was already getting to know each other, we were laughing, talking, and even crying to one another. That comforting feeling of being able to connect with people so fast was the moment I knew I had nothing to worry about because I would be surrounded by an amazing group of people who truly cared about one another. I also want to add that the bond formed between me and all 4 of my leaders is honestly one of my favorite things about this entire trip.Once my delegation arrived to our accommodation in San Pedro De Macorís DR we got all settled in, got some rest to be energized and ready to go the next morning. Each day consisted of a new and exciting activity, from exploring the city, doing some shopping, playing games with the community, etc, every single day you were experiencing something new that related to the culture of the country and it was such a joyful and fun time. Not to give anything away for future delegations but my favorite activity was definitely playing a game of baseball with the kids of the community and with my GG team! I will say, although yes our days are packed and tiring, you may experience being home sick and that is totally okay! I was personally really home sick a lot of the time but the support and the mutual feeling between other glimpsers brought me comfort knowing everything was okay. Oh and those 2 phone calls home are something you and your family will cherish! Something I want to add that I wish I took more seriously about the Dominican Republic is DO NOT underestimate the heat. The weather is very hot and humid and it can get exhausting so make sure you bring enough clothes and fresh outfits as that is really important! Last thing I want to make worth mentioning is the experience gained from this program is like no other. You will learn how to be more appreciative, you will gain compassion, the Global Glimpse program will overall just help you grow as a person, and who doesn't want that. I hope more people can gain more knowledge on what the program consists of because this is not something you should miss out on.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
In the Dominican Republic plantains are a really popular food and a dish we ate that was really unfamiliar to me was a plantain lasagna which is called pastelon. It was one of my favorite meals from the entire trip so if you are placed in the DR make sure you try all the foods because you will never know how much you will love it!
  • Bonding with each other
  • Nightly meetings
  • Daily activities
  • The heat
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Once in a lifetime experience

This trip was such an amazing opportunity that I had such a great time on. I flew and stayed in Juan Dolió, Dominican Republic with 20 other students from the Chicago area and our two leaders. We spent some days learning about different problems the communities were facing and how current organizations are helping before working to help build and floor some houses in one of the villages. It was a no phones trip (once we got to the DR), but I’m so glad it was because I got so close with so many of the other students on the trip. The organization (Global Glimpse) is also amazing with helping to make the experience so affordable for everyone through financial aid and even helped us get passports if we needed them.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
One day for dinner the staff made a plantain lasagna dish that was basically layered mashed plantains, beef and cheese. I hadn’t eaten anything like it before but it was so delicious.
  • You make great friends with the other students
  • Such a unique experience
  • You make a lasting impact on the community
  • It was hot where we were, but there are other locations that are less hot
  • We were in the DR, so bugs!
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Once in a Lifetime Experience

Recently, I traveled to Constanza in the Dominican Republic, a trip that deeply impacted my self-identity and personal growth. I initially signed up for the trip without knowing anyone, I was scared that I wouldn't have fun since I had no friends nor cellphone. However, my fears were quickly alleviated as I made my first friend even before departing for the Dominican Republic. The friendships I formed on this trip were amazing and made me forget what a cellphone even was. The days were perfectly planned, a perfect balance of structured activities and free time. The accommodations were outstanding, delicious food, comfortable rooms, and a welcoming staff. The adults on the trip treated us like family, always ready to assist with any problem, big or small, and constantly checking on our well-being. I had the opportunity to try new foods, dance, create art, shop, work and live like a local, visit crystal-clear beaches, and most importantly, improve the lives of others. Our goal on this trip was to improve a local school, and together with other students, we tackled several projects. These activities were not just about physical labor; they were about collaboration, understanding, and mutual respect. As we worked, local children joined us, adding their touches. It was a beautiful blend of cultures coming together to create something meaningful. I returned home with a deeper appreciation for diversity and a strengthened ability to engage with others, regardless of our differences. It showed me that even as a teenager, I have the ability to adapt, contribute, and grow in unfamiliar environments. This trip has been my favorite thus far and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What was your funniest moment?
This trip was filled with laughs, but my most funny memory is undoubtedly playing hide and seek with the local children. The kids in the Dominican Republic take hide and seek very seriously. While seeking, I anticipated finding them behind houses or in bushes, but to my surprise, they were hanging in the trees above me. I gave up seeking after I walked around the whole area and didnt find a few of them. After yelling that they won, several children dropped from the trees, startling me. We shared many laughs and continued playing until the food was ready.
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Adventure and Fun
  • Broadened Perspectives
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Experience of a Lifetime

Going into this trip had me excited for MONTHS!. Knowing that I was going to be able to have a chance to go to a new country with new people had me full of excitement. During my trip I was able to experience new things for example, discovering the culture, foods, and community. This allowed me to stay interested throughout the whole trip since we had new things to do. I really enjoyed being able to see community’s and factories working on their products like vegetables and the growing process!!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice for future travelers to any country is to stay open minded. This includes being open minded about your learning but also the way people live. Learning is a key part of traveling and while being open minded you can learn a lot and come back home with a new perspective like I did!
  • New friends
  • New perspective
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