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Beyond the capital, much of the DR is distinctly rural: driving in the vast fertile interior, you’ll see cows and horses grazing alongside the roads, tractors ploughing large fields, and trucks and burros loaded down with produce. Further inland you’ll encounter vistas reminiscent of the European Alps, rivers carving their way through lush jungle, stunning waterfalls, and small towns where life revolves around the Parque Central. Four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean rise above the fertile lowlands surrounding Santiago, and remote deserts extend through the southwest, giving the DR a physical and cultural complexity not found on other islands.
Although a place of great beauty, the Dominican Republic is also a place of great need, as the disparity between the wealthy and the needy continues to grow. 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 poor and underserved with much needed health services. Teams participate in public health surveying and assist local, licensed medical professionals in field clinics.
Teams to the Dominican Republic & Haiti will spend time working in areas near Santo Domingo, DR, and in a Haitian 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.
What ISL Provides
What to Bring
Meet the Staff
Dr. William JimenezMedical 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 PuelloCountry 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
ISL Sports Without Borders Program
Goal: To use sports as a vehicle for team work, wellness education, and personal growth. Through sports training and mentorship, we provide underprivileged children in our partner communities the opportunity to hone their athletic skills while giving athletic teams a chance to bond in an unfamiliar setting, open their hearts and minds to a new culture, and gain global perspective.
Dominican Republic – 7 days
*This itinerary is subject to change
Arrive, meet your ISL Team Leader at the airport; settle in to guesthouse, icebreakers, discuss next days events.
Day 2: Thursday
Orientation/city tour/souvenir shopping/salsa lessons
Day 3: Friday