My ISL experience was amazing. I will never forget the villages of Haiti and the people I was able to work with. ISL delivers the perfect combination of medical experience, community service, and a taste of Dominican Republic’s culture! — , Louisiana State University
About Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic and Haiti, two sovereign nations with completely diverse cultural and historical identities, share a beautiful island located right in the heart of the Caribbean known as La Hispaniola. The spirit and charm of their people is distinguishable in their lively music and delicious cuisine, but perhaps most apparent in their warmth and hospitality.
Although a place of great beauty and abundance of natural resources, both countries experience great social needs, as the disparity between the wealthy and the needy continues to grow. Hence this issue greatly affects the health and quality of life of the vast majority of the population. ISL serves both rural and urban shanty communities near Santo Domingo and areas in the southwestern part of the island, including communities in Haitian territory near the border.
Communities We Serve
ISL serves both rural and urban shanty communities near Santo Domingo and areas in the southwestern part of the Dominican Republic near the Haitian border.
Teams to the Dominican Republic fly into Santo Domingo and travel southwest towards Haiti, working with orphanages and clinics in order to provide the people living in poverty and underserved with much needed health services. Teams participate in public health surveying and assist local, licensed medical professionals in field clinics. Beyond the clinical and public health activities, you will get a great opportunity to interact with local communities, learn from their culture and share from yours.
Teams to the Dominican Republic & Haiti will spend some of the time working in areas near Santo Domingo and some of the time will be spent working in a clinic a few miles across the border in the southeastern part of Haiti. Teams will not be lodged in Haiti, but will spend each night in the Dominican Republic, staying in towns next to the Haitian border.
- Visit to the Ciudad Colonial (Colonial City) in Santo Domingo:get a glimpse of the Colonial era walking through short streets with jewels of 16th to early 20th century architecture. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
- Merengue and fun dancing at El Conuco: watch a performer dance on top of a bottle at super fast paced and traditional (and fun!) music.
- Visit to the island’s beautiful beaches: enjoy the tropical climate and the striking natural scenery while taking refreshing bathes at the beach.
- Visit to Saona Island: take a fun and adventurous trip to a small island near the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic while enjoying one of the most beautiful beaches and sceneries in the island.
- Karaoke night: fun singing and dancing at a karaoke bar!
ISL has strict housing standards for cleanliness, safety and comfort. Each volunteer shares a room and shower facilities, but has their own bed. Housing locations are selected according to proximity to program sites. ISL staff members stay with volunteers and are always available 24/7.
- Internet is available at most housing locations. Volunteers are transported by their Team Leaders to an internet location periodically if internet is not available at their hotel.
- Laundry services are provided at least once a week for a small charge.
- If food or drug stores aren’t nearby, Team Leaders make sure volunteers are transported to shopping areas periodically or as needed.
- ISL provides breakfast each day, unless otherwise specified in the team itinerary.