• Dominican Republic
1 - 2 weeks
Need-based funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Dec 29, 2023
Dec 21, 2023
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About Program

Do you part to support delicate marine ecosystems while enjoying the best of what the Dominican Republic has to offer! Work alongside conservation experts on locally led initiatives such as coral reef restoration, species identification an beach cleanups. Learn more about the problems that the region (and world) are facing when it comes to protecting our oceans and how organizations like this are working to combat them. While you're at it, you'll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with this very special environment: snorkel in clear waters, get your heart racing with a speedboat ride and explore ancient caves.

Service Hours: 30
Program Theme: Environmental Stewardship

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Program Highlights

  • Make the most of the inviting Caribbean Sea with snorkeling, boating, kayaking and relaxing days on the beach
  • Volunteer on trail restoration, beach cleanup and wildlife research projects
  • Tour historic Santo Domingo and learn more about this colonial city's history
  • Get a crash course in Dominican culture as you take in the sights, sounds and tastes of your lively host community
  • Zipline through the greenery and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife

Program Reviews

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  • Growth 4.7
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Dominican Republic Adventure

This was a unique experience both both kids. They navigated the airline industry on their own to and from as teenagers. They dealt with all manner of challenges and learned they "Can Do It" - whatever it might have been. Both kids came home more mature and aware of the environment while getting some exposure to a very different culture. Upon arrival at the Airport in DR until departure from the same airport days later the kids both reported the trip as fun, informative, challenging, safe, and did I mention FUN?
Cheers from a happy parent.

What was your funniest moment?
Zip lines and snorkeling
  • Learning about mangroves and the ecology the groves help protect
  • Meals
  • Sight seeing
  • Rained a lot some days
25 people found this review helpful.
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Unique learning experience

My trip to the Dominican Republic was an amazing experience. I feel as if this trip had so many different things to offer. From unique learning experiences to fun adventure activities and even great lodging. I went on this trip with little background knowledge of ocean conservation. I went in with an open mind. The service that we did was centered around not only learning about the ocean but also helping the community support conservation. The biggest thing I took away from this learning was that by learning more about how to take care of our coral reefs, I realized how easy it is to make small changes. In my day-to-day life, I can do small things that add up to make a significant impact on keeping our corals and ocean animals healthy. When we weren't doing service, we spent time exploring all that the Dominican Republic had to offer. As I have gone on two GLA trips based on my experience, the lodging for this trip was very comfortable. At the heart of all GLA trips were the people I met, who greatly impacted my experience. Whether that was people in the community or other students on the trip, they all helped to broaden my perspective of the world around me.

32 people found this review helpful.
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My daughter had the most amazing 2 weeks of her life in the Dominican Republic through GLA. The friends and memories she made are priceless. She learned valuable lessons about the lives other people live and it opened her eyes to a life she never would’ve experienced if not for GLA. Along with lessons in volunteerism, she had so much fun doing exhilarating activities like zip lining and canoeing. This experience truly left my daughter open minded to a new world she’s never seen before. P.S she didn’t even mind the limited phone time :).

  • Safety
  • Exploration
  • Friendships
  • Heat
30 people found this review helpful.

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