Public Health in the DR

Public Health in the DR

Public Health in the DR

8 Days

Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo (1), Bella Vista (2), Sosua (4)

Overview

Are you interested in the medical field? This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about public health while exploring the beautiful Dominican Republic. This 8-day itinerary immerses you in vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and meaningful community service. From exploring the historic streets of Santo Domingo to participating in health education workshops in Bella Vista, and experiencing the thrill of the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, each day promises new experiences and lasting memories. Join us as we make a positive impact on local communities while enjoying the natural beauty and rich heritage of the Dominican Republic.

Highlights

  • Explore the vibrant Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage sight. 
  • Participate in hands-on health education workshops with local NGOs and learn about public health
  • Experience the thrill of 27 waterfalls in Damajagua, combining adventure with the beauty of nature
  • Snorkel off the beautiful Amber Coast, and marvel at the tropical fish and coral reefs.
  • Take in the breathtaking 360° views from Montaña Redonda, an unforgettable natural landmark
  • Visit to the cenote caves at Tres Ojos National Park 

Itinerary

Welcome to the Dominican Republic! Upon arrival in Santo Domingo, meet your tour director and then drop off your bags at the hotel and head out for your first night in the Colonial Zone, the historic walled quarter and UNESCO World Heritage site rich with food and music. Explore old colonial buildings converted into coffee shops, restaurants, and community arts spaces. The weather allows for a blossoming bohemian scene at night where La Zona Colonial’s plazas and squares become centers for artistic, folkloric, and cultural expressions. Welcome to Quisqueya!

Overnight: Santo Domingo

After breakfast, travel through the foothills to the region of Bella Vista, where you’ll be staying for the next two nights. These days will be spent working on health education workshops alongside a local NGO that has been running community outreach health programs for batey communities for the last 12 years, serving about 2,000 people across five different communities.

Outside of health initiatives, you will also have time to go on a 3-mile hike up the surrounding mountainside and swim in the river that flows through the community. Spend your evenings getting to know your hosts and learning about life in Bella Vista.
Overnight: Bella Vista

After breakfast, embark on an adventure-packed day. Drive south towards the 27 Charcos, a collection of waterfalls that you can jump, slide, and rappel down. Enjoy lunch near the waterfalls before heading back to your eco-lodge for dinner and a peaceful evening.
Overnight: Sosua

After a hearty breakfast, meet the local NGO team that has been running community outreach health programs for batey communities for the last 12 years. Spend these days participating in medical brigades in communities across Sosúa. Your service will consist of assisting physicians and providing healthcare support.
Overnight: Sosua

After breakfast, hop on a boat and go snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the Amber Coast. Enjoy a quinticential beach day that the DR is renown for! At the end of the day, reflect on your experience and what it has taught you.

After breakfast, your tour director will escort your group to the airport to make your way home. We hope you enjoyed your stay in the Dominican Republic!

This Trip Includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All accommodations on program
  • All transportation in-country
  • All meals on the program
  • All activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • A Tour Director available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart
  • Sightseeing tours and excursions led by local guides as specified
  • Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities
  • Travel insurance for all participants
  • 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance
  • Support from GEC representatives abroad