The Dominican Republic is a destination famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, energetic culture, and friendly natives. Located on the island of Hispaniola – a part of the Caribbean - the Dominican has the 2nd largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region. With all that the Dominican has to offer, any visitors are sure to fall in love with this beautiful country and its people.

As you begin to volunteer in the Dominican Republic, you will surely be touched by the passion and spirit of the locals. Volunteer your time to help improve their quality of life through community development, construction, and health education programs. You will be devoting your efforts towards to enriching the lives of the children and families in the local rural communities.

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Volunteering in the Dominican Republic is sure to be a life-changing experience for anybody. While the Dominican is, again, known for its beautiful white sand beaches, it is also a largely impoverished nation. In relation to this, the majority of volunteer programs are based solely around community development and construction. The medical care available in the Dominican is also lacking, so those interested in pursuing a career in the medical field will thoroughly enjoy this aspect of volunteering.

Teaching

The majority of projects in the Dominican focus on this area of work. With little access to every-day resources like books, pencils, and teachers, volunteers and supplies are helpful to the education system. Volunteers can teach English, or any other subject needed, to local children and/or adults in the area. For formal teaching positions, a teaching certification is strongly recommended to be as impactful as possible. Volunteers can expect to work most of the day for 4-5 days per week, giving them time to socialize and immerse themselves in the culture of the natives.

Community Development

Much of the Dominican is undergoing sustainability projects that involve the construction of schools, medical clinics, and agricultural systems, as well as implementation of clean water sources and health education. Volunteers are able to get their hands dirty with the locals while learning important skills. The overall goal of these projects is to improve the general quality of life for the people in these communities. Students will work an average of 30 hours a week with long lunch breaks in cooled areas.

Health Education Programs

While the Dominican healthcare system is below average, volunteers (especially those with a medical background) have an opportunity to assist in beneficial projects. If students are considering becoming nurses, doctors, or pharmacists – this is the program for them. While volunteering, they will be very hands-on, making house visits, observing in rural clinics/hospitals, helping in the pharmacy, and taking vital bodily measurements. There are many opportunities within this program to tailor it to the volunteer’s skills and interests. A typical day in this program would be 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM with a lunch break, and, after dinner, volunteers will have time for exploration and interaction with the natives.

Volunteering Tips

In Dominican society, appearances are extremely important as Dominicans are very fashion conscious. They believe that clothes are important as they indicate social standing and success. So while in the Dominican Republic, make sure you dress well!

Best Places To Volunteer

The Dominican Republic doesn’t really have cold-weather seasons, and because of this, prime volunteering times are flexible. The most popular places to volunteer are:

  • Santo Domingo: The capital and largest city; the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the Americas.
  • Santiago de los Caballeros: Second largest city, located in the north-central region of the country; economy largely dependent on agriculture.

Both places are larger in size and population so there is a wider range of volunteering opportunities.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in the Dominican Republic

As a volunteer in the Dominican Republic, you are recommended to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B, and Typhoid. If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure you get vaccinated for Rabies as well. For more information, visit MD Travel Health.

Contrary to beliefs, the Dominican Republic is in fact quite safe for tourists. Like in any other foreign country, you should still be vigilant in crowded areas due to pickpockets and you shouldn’t walk alone at night.

Volunteer Programs in the Dominican Republic

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Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
Become a Global Health Volunteer in the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
11 reviews1 interview

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Amigos de las Americas
Amigos de las Americas - Dominican Republic: Barahona
Dominican Republic
11 reviews2 interviews

Enjoy the vibrant summer culture of the Dominican Republic while...

Fundación Aldeas de Paz
Youth Care & Community- Enhance the lives of community members
Dominican Republic
32 reviews3 interviews

Our aim is to empower children, youth, young adults and woman by...

VISIONS Service Adventures
VISIONS: Dominican Republic High School Service Program
Dominican Republic
6 reviews1 interview

Join our efforts in Santo Domingo to organize a summer camp for kids...

Mission of Hope
Mission Trip in Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, or Bahamas
Multiple Countries
3 reviews1 interview

You can help share the love of Christ by serving on a short-term trip...

BLUE Missions
Volunteer in Dominican Republic | Pico Duarte: Trek for Clean Water
Dominican Republic
7 reviews2 interviews

Realize your passion for outdoor fitness. At the same time, make a...

Fundación Aldeas de Paz
Medicine & Healthcare - Work with medical staff at local hospital
Dominican Republic
13 reviews

Gain invaluable hands-on experience, working side by side with medical...

Fundación Aldeas de Paz
NGO Management & Administration in the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
9 reviews

This versatile experience and observation program gives insight into...

7 Elements
Human Security in the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
2 reviews1 interview

7 Elements has been in the Dominican Republic for over 10 years. In...

Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic
Volunteer in the Dominican Republic with Partners for Rural Health
Dominican Republic
7 reviews

Volunteering for Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic...

Discover Corps
Dominican Republic: Heart & Soul of the Caribbean with Discover Corps
Dominican Republic
4 reviews

Experience parts of the Caribbean most travelers never see. Visit the...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Service-Learning in Santiago, Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
2 reviews

Founded in the late 15th century by Columbus’ expedition, Santiago is...

Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi
Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi: Community Volunteers
Dominican Republic
5 reviews

The Mahatma Gandhi Foundation provides opportunities to volunteers...

Fundación Aldeas de Paz
Dental Healthcare - Work in neighborhood dental health clinic
Dominican Republic
4 reviews

This Dentistry observation and experience opportunity offers you hands...

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
Summer International Health Fellowship in the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
1 review

FIMRC's Summer International Health Fellowship allows for an immersive...

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  • Amigos de las Americas
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    Enjoy the vibrant summer culture of the Dominican Republic while...

  • Fundación Aldeas de Paz
    Youth Care & Community- Enhance the lives of community members
    Dominican Republic
    32 reviews3 interviews

    Our aim is to empower children, youth, young adults and woman by...

  • VISIONS Service Adventures
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