Since 1998 Project Trust has placed 94 Volunteers in Dominican Republic. We currently organise six 12 month placements in the country each year.
Four of Project Trust’s Volunteers in Dominican Republic teach English. Being able to speak English greatly improves your chances of employment in Dominican Republic, particularly in the tourism industry which creates the majority of jobs. Our gap year Volunteers teach children from disadvantaged backgrounds who get a huge benefit from learning English from a native speaker.
The other two Volunteers teach art. Art isn’t compulsory in Dominican Republic education, and few schools teach it, so the Volunteers have a great opportunity to enrich the lives of their students.
Immy, Dominican Republic Gap Year Volunteer
There are large number of people from Haiti in Dominican Republic. Integrating with both communities and understanding both perspectives will be a key part of your experience on a Dominican Republic gap year.
Although being able to speak English helps in getting a job in Dominican Republic, the official language is Spanish. As a volunteer in Dominican Republic, this means you have the chance to immerse yourself in the Spanish language for a year, and you will return highly proficient, if not fluent.
Music, be it Merengue, Batacha or Salsa, is a very important part of Dominican life, and it can seem that the next Carnival or festival is always just around the corner. The country has a very warm, welcoming culture, and community and friendships are high up everyone’s agenda.