Location
  • Dominican Republic
    • Santo Domingo
Length
1 week

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Timeframe
Short Term
Housing
Guesthouse
Groups
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget

Pricing

Starting Price
$1,299 USD
Price Details
Beyond The Blue Deposit:
$499

Add-On Adventures:
White Water Rafting $120
Motor Scooter Tour $100
Off-Road Adventure $90
Mountain Hike W/ Waterfalls $80
Cigar Tour $30
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Some Meals Travel Insurance
Jul 19, 2021
Jul 24, 2021

About Program

Beyond The Blue is a collaboration of talents from around the world. We offer programs and projects that align with our focus pillars of Education, Sustainability, Empowerment and Security. Join us, in an effort to make a difference and service the people of the Dominican Republic. This is the adventure you are looking for.

*Trip is designed with 50% service and 50% tourism.
COVID-19 has changed the way we volunteer, travel and communicate. The 4North Project has redesigned their packages and programs to focus on, not only the impact of our global communities, but your personal safety and security. We will continue to offer Sustainable and Secure solutions while Educating and Empowering the people in smaller numbers and from a distance. 4North has added several brand new tours throughout Southern Dominican Republic to keep you excited and energized!

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Program Highlights

  • •ALL Deposits are REFUNDABLE in the form of CREDIT on a future 4North trip.
  • •Project and Programs are subject to change. Due to COVID we can not promise the advertised itinerary
  • •Package Expires 12/31/21

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Reyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

4North

It took less than 24 hours from when our plan landed in the Dominican for me to realize the trip I had been dreaming about for over a year was going to be even better than I had imagined. 12 hours after landing in the country I was jumping off a cliff and rising ATVs through the mountains. 24 hours after that I was inside a remote village working to provide eye care to 200+ individuals who, until Matt, we’re receiving care they could have never imagined. After watching the impact a simple gesture such as reading glasses could have on these individuals I realized I want to help people to such a degree that Matt does on a daily basis. This experience solidified that when I go to college in the fall I will be on the premed track with the ultimate goal of going back to places such as this in order to offer any care that I can. This trip and Matt himself truly changed my life and helped to create my future. Over the next week, we explored the country in ways such as rising horses on the beach, climbing through caves and spending the day at a beautiful Oceanside pool. Along with providing eye care to a village, we also distributed meals to 25 families funded by 4North as well as building a bathroom for a family who is living in conditions unimaginable to us. We ended each day with a dinner amongst my family, Matt and our two translators who were also fantastic. Matt enriched the trip as a whole and these dinner as well as many activities through the day ended in laughter due to him. This trip was life changing and I hope to one day do the kind of good for others that Matt does and he continues to do with the creation of the 4North project.

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Eddie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The 4North Project

I’ve always been a person who has been hesitant to leave his comfort zone, but I am so grateful that I did for this trip! In just 10 short days I learned so much about not just how a country not as fortunate as us runs, but I also learned a lot about myself. Matt and his team manage to put together a perfect program that can teach us the value in life with ways of education, sustainability, safety, and enjoyment. I would highly recommend this program to anybody who has been looking to take that chance. Anybody who has been looking to take that extra step. Because for me I’m glad I did.... it changed my life! I will definitely be back this time with more friends and more family! Thank you Matt!

What was your funniest moment?
Riding around in the streets of Bani on our scooters. Something I’ll never forget!
3 people found this review helpful.
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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

4 North Project

Our family, which includes 2 children (now teenagers) and two adults, have enjoyed the most positive experiences over the years, but the 4 North Dominican experience rates at the top. We have traveled around the world for enjoyment, but never have we been provided the type of opportunity like 4 North offered. The experience offered the perfect balance of fun and adventure while also providing a sense of accomplishment while working on the numerous service projects. Although the projects were obviously beneficial to the recipients, it was even more beneficial to us as it touched our souls deeply and was most rewarding to be able to help others in such a powerful and sustainable way. The service projects provided a sense of purpose—something bigger than oneself.
We also enjoyed vacation like experience such as Dominican resort living in the most gorgeous tree house. Additionally we experienced great adventure like 4 wheeling, horse back riding on the ocean, and paragliding—just to name a few.

Matt Gewirtz and his team were incredible hosts. The entire week was well planned out and there was never a dull moment. However, there was always the flexibility to change the itinerary based on the desires of the team. Matt is the most gracious host and a tremendous human being. Just listening to him share his various volunteer experiences around the world is inspiring. We feel honored to now call him a friend.
The housing accommodations were fantastic—clean, air conditioning, comfortable, spacious, and included the necessities. The food was delicious and offered a great variety. Our family always felt safe and welcomed wherever we went. Although I didn’t necessarily like or understand why, the Dominican people treated us like royalty, going out of their way to make our stay a dream vacation. Our 16 year old son, who was a bit leery before we left said the trip changed his life. Our 18 year daughter said it was a trip of a lifetime and she hopes to return soon. I do not endorse many things, but this experience receives my full endorsement and I hope that everyone can share the experiences our family was fortunate to have. It was simply the BEST!!

What was your funniest moment?
Our funniest moment was laughing at night together and debriefing all the amazing sites and sounds we enjoyed throughout the day. We also laughed at the funny incidents that occurred because of the language barrier.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Can't wait to go back!

A group of us travel nurses went on a vision trip to set up for future medical trips. I have been hesitant to go on medical/mission trips because of the moral and ethical issues commonly seen, but 4North is truly a nonprofit who wants to build sustainable solutions WITH the community so that they can thrive. They have a long term vision that will create long-lasting impact, and I'm grateful to be part of their journey. Definitely love supporting a grassroots organization! Looking forward to the next visit and to see 4North unfold!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be adaptable. Things sometimes don't go as planned, but coming in with an open mind and heart made all the difference in our experience. Heat, bugs, change of plans - all good! Gratitude is the attitude!
2 people found this review helpful.
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Marlee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing

Matt and 4North gave me an experience that I will never forget. We were able to give non-medical eye exams to 50-100 ppl and give away free eye glasses to the people. My favorite part of the entire trip was stopping at the calmodos in the city and villages and just interacting with the people. It was nice to just interact with the people and see them in their daily routine/life. This trip can be customized to any type group. Matt did an amazing making my trip extra special for me and my friend. I would do it all over again in a heart beat and can't wait to go back.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just pull the trigger and book it. I promise you won't regret it.
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Tom
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely great adventure

Matt was great and the mixture of fun things and giving back was perfect. We worked hard and also had a lot of fun. The people we met were great and the sights were incredible. I’d recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for more than just a resort stay with an all you can eat buffet. At times it was challenging but always worth it. Great for students, a group of friends, or anyone looking to see a beautiful country. The accommodations were safe felt safe and the staff was always helpful. Would love to go back.

What was your funniest moment?
We went to the mountains and took a dune buggy tour. Absolute beautiful scenes
6 people found this review helpful.
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Brenda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Adventure and Volunteer Opportunity!

The 4 North Project is an amazing organization focused on improving the lives of others! My daughter and I spent 8 wonderful days working in the communities around Bani, DR. It was an experience of a lifetime! Matt is an amazing host; he provides the right mix of work and fun! He was always available prior to the trip and answered all of our questions. The guest house is very comfortable and safe with all the needed amenities. The volunteer work we did was both emotional and fulfilling! I highly recommend traveling with The 4 North Project!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers is to enjoy every moment - it will go by fast!
6 people found this review helpful.
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Heather
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Beyond the Blue

This volunteer experience was amazing! Not only was it meaningful to make change with eye exams, distribute food to local families, and paint a house; it was also so much fun! We were able to try local restaurants; and explore nearby villages & further away towns to participate in activities like paragliding or riding ATVs. I always felt safe, heard, and appreciated. I made new friends and deepened friendships I already had. I’m so excited to do it all again next year! Thank you 4North for the trip of a lifetime!

What was your funniest moment?
There were too many to count! Matt’s experiences and stories were priceless!
3 people found this review helpful.

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