Dominican Republic Gap Year

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A Dominican Republic gap year with Project Trust is your chance to get an in-depth understanding of the communities and culture of a country famous as a luxury tourist destination because of its stunning beaches, the Caribbean’s highest mountain, Pico Duarte, and the Caribbean’s largest lake, Lake Enriquillo.

Volunteer in Dominican Republic

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

Immy, Dominican Republic Gap Year Volunteer

Why volunteer in Dominican Republic?

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.

Dominican Republic Gap Year Projects

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Dominican Republic Gap Year highlights…

  • Learn to dance Merengue, the national dance of Dominican Republic.

  • Visit the Colonial City in Santo Domingo, the site of the first cathedral, hospital, customs house and university in the Americas.

  • Go whale-watching or body-boarding in Samana.

  • Take a cable car to the top of Mt. Isabel de Torres, the towering mountain behind Puerto Plata.

  • Go for a guided hike through the José Del Carmen Ramírez National Park.

“Volunteering with Project Trust allows you to do something worthwhile, have lots of fun and gives you time to figure out what you want to do next.”

Steven, Dominican Republic Gap Year Volunteer

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