Students enrolled in Spanish 1030 will be given priority for this experience.
Outreach360 is currently working in the far northwest region of the Dominican Republic in the small rural fishing town of Monte Cristi. The town of Monte Cristi is a magical place, best known as a slow-paced beach town. Unlike the bustling tourist destinations in the large coastal resorts in the Dominican Republic, Monte Cristi finds itself well off the beaten path. It’s this distance that adds to its authenticity and charm, revealing beautiful scenery, friendly people, and a lively community of true Dominican culture. Under the direction of Outreach360, you will focus on education for children as a sustainable solution to rural poverty. You play a role in creating opportunities for disadvantaged children to transform their lives by teaching English, facilitating learning activities, and creating lesson plans through the Outreach360 Learning Centers and local schools.
Saturday, February 16, 2019 – Saturday, February 23, 2019
*Note: this experience can accommodate up to 20 participants (including team leaders), assuming airline seats are available; however, this may mean additional participants pay an increased fee (based on new flight prices).
You'll be participating in a complete week of service, teaching English to Dominican school children. You will
At the end of the Alternative Spring Break 2018 program, students participating in this experience will be able to:
Your team will be exposed to a true Dominican experience. The ideal participant loves working with
Total cost (subject to change) – $2,600 CAD
Note: ASB participants will be responsible for any luggage costs assigned by individual airlines, airport tax, souvenirs, or additional food/snacks during the trip.
Day 1 (Travel): Fly to Puerto Plata and travel to Monte Cristi on the north coast of the island. It is here you will call home for the next eight days.
Day 2 (Orientation): During the morning, you will participate in a general orientation to learn about Dominican culture, Outreach360 volunteer principles and service philosophies, and tour the community. In the afternoon, you will learn about the Dominican education system, learn basic teaching techniques, review your teaching objectives for the week, and prepare your first lesson plans!
Days 3-6 (Service): You'll be team-teaching English to Dominican students in the local schools and/or the Outreach360 Learning Center. English is a highly
Day 7 (Culture and Recreation): You'll visit the famous market on the Dominican/Haiti border, the museum where the Cuban declaration of independence was signed, enjoy an authentic Dominican lunch at an old-style restaurant, and hike and swim at the El Morro National Park. The evening will include a closing with Outreach360 to powerfully complete your week!
Day 8 - Travel: Return to Puerto Plata for the flight home!
PLEASE NOTE: Itinerary is draft, and subject to change at any point in time.
Participants will sleep in bunk beds in a dorm-like setting on Outreach360’s property. Sheets/towels are provided; however, students may bring their own and may choose to donate them at the end of the experience. Mosquito netting is also provided.
Meals are prepared in-house by Outreach360 staff and reflect a variety of local foods (rice, beans, chicken, tortillas, plantains, etc.) as well as North American favourites (pancakes, spaghetti, etc.)
All group meals during the program are included, and participants are responsible for any personal snacks.