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! — Jamie L.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.

Logistics

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.

Recreational Activities

  • 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!

Lodging

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.

Meet the Staff

Dr. William Jimenez Histology Dominican Republic
Dr. William Jimenez
Medical Educator

Dr. Jimenez is from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He has worked as an assistant professor of histology for almost four years. He has a strong interest in research and plans to do an internship at the National Direction of Health Research at the DR Ministry of Public Health. Dr. Jimenez see partnering with ISL volunteers as “a once in a lifetime opportunity to… Read more

Evelyn Puello
Evelyn Puello
Country Coordinator and Team Leader

Evelyn has worked with ISL since 2009 and says she feels “extremely happy to have the opportunity to connect amazing volunteers with Dominican and Haitian communities, contributing to improve the health of many”. Her focus is to ensure that teams feel part of the community while improving their clinical skills, learning about collaborative work, and of course, having fun! (And maybe even learning how to… Read more

Programs with upcoming Dominican Republic and Haiti Teams

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#DRH63GH - Global Health Team in Dominican Republic/Haiti from Jun 03, 2017 to Jun 16, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities in the Dominican Republic and along the border in Haiti to provide global health services to those with little or no access to care. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#DRH617GH - Global Health Team in Dominican Republic/Haiti from Jun 17, 2017 to Jun 30, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in partner communities in the Dominican Republic and along the border in Haiti to provide global health services to those with little or no access to care. in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#DRH71GH - Global Health Team in Dominican Republic/Haiti from Jul 01, 2017 to Jul 14, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in partner communities in the Dominican Republic and along the border in Haiti to provide global health services to those with little or no access to care. in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#DRH715GH12 - Global Health Team in Dominican Republic/Haiti from Jul 15, 2017 to Jul 26, 2017 for $1795

Volunteers will be working in partner communities in the Dominican Republic and along the border in Haiti to provide global health services to those with little or no access to care. in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

#DRH812GH12 - Global Health Team in Dominican Republic/Haiti from Aug 12, 2017 to Aug 23, 2017 for $1795

Volunteers will be working in partner communities in the Dominican Republic and along the border in Haiti to provide global health services to those with little or no access to care. in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 2 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#DRH826GH12 - Global Health Team in Dominican Republic/Haiti from Aug 26, 2017 to Sep 06, 2017 for $1795

Volunteers will be working in partner communities in the Dominican Republic and along the border in Haiti to provide global health services to those with little or no access to care. in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#DRH121017GH - Global Health Team in Dominican Republic/Haiti from Dec 10, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017 for $1995

Volunteers will be working in partner communities in the Dominican Republic and along the border in Haiti to provide global health services to those with little or no access to care. in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#DRH1226GH - Global Health Team in Dominican Republic/Haiti from Dec 26, 2017 to Jan 08, 2018 for $1995

Volunteers will be working in partner communities in the Dominican Republic and along the border in Haiti to provide global health services to those with little or no access to care. in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!