Trip Description

Intentional Tours is excited to offer this unique professional development travel experience.  Join this group trip to experience the beautiful mountains, waterfalls, beaches, and culture of the Dominican Republic while also gaining invaluable insights and perspectives to take back to your work environment.   Experience the global economy first-hand and apply lessons to your career.  Compare and contrast the Dominican and American educational systems. Gain an understanding of poverty and inequality and how to make a lasting impact through Intentional Tourism. 

Meet and interact with Dominican professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators--building friendships, sharing experiences and learning from one another.

Price: $1,895 per person (double occupancy)

Includes accommodations, tour guide, entrance fees, most meals, all in-country transportation, and one pre-trip session.  Single occupancy rate: $2,095

*Airfare not included 

Itinerary


 
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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SANTO DOMINGO

  • Arrive at any time into Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic and oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the Americas

  • Check into hotel in the Colonial Zone, UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic central neighborhood of Santo Domingo

  • Explore Santo Domingo & enjoy dinner in Colonial Zone

     Learning Focus:

  • Introduction to Dominican Culture and Colonial History

DAY 2: EXPLORE SANTO DOMINGO

  • Historical city tour—Visit Fortaleza Ozama, Catedral Santa Maria, and the home of Bartolomé Colón (brother of Christopher Columbus); learn about the reign of dictator Rafael Trujillo, the "Hitler of the Caribbean"

  • Lunch—Enjoy the traditional “bandera,” or classic Dominican rice and beans dish with local young professionals group

  • Afternoon meetings with the founders of two start-up businesses in Santo Domingo

  • Dinner—Everyone sets out on their own for a meal of their choice in the Colonial Zone

  • Learn to dance! Merengue and Bachata lessons with professional local instructor

  • Join local residents for a live concert and dancing at colonial ruins

     Learning Focus:

  • Social enterprise in the Dominican Republic

  • A critical look at the effects of tourism on a local culture and economy

  • Connecting a Caribbean island to the Global Economy

  • Dominican colonial and political history

DAY 3: TRANSFER TO JARABACOA

  • Breakfast in Santo Domingo, then depart for Jarabacoa, known as the Land of Eternal Springtime, in the Central Highlands

  • Arrive at the country cabaña and enjoy lunch on the patio

  • Relaxing afternoon at the cabin--enjoy the natural surroundings, walk through rural villages, read a book, etc.

  • Cross-cultural immersion experience--Barrio tour including dinner in local home

Learning Focus:

  • Experiencing poverty and analyzing our response

  • Understanding Dominican culture

DAY 4: JARABACOA

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Monastery River and Waterfall Hike—Join local guide, Chucho, and a few of his friends at a secluded jungle river behind a rural, mountain monastery. Hike up the river (through the water) to arrive at a waterfall and swimming hole

  • Packed lunch at the waterfall

  • Visit local school for at-risk children. Speak with staff about the challenges of the Dominican educational system

  • Sundowners at a scenic mountain restaurant overlooking the city

  • Dinner at Dominican-style pizza joint with local educators

     Learning Focus:

  • Experiencing the natural beauty of the Central Highlands

  • Education in the DR

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO COAST

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Begin journey to Cabarete

  • Take a tour of a coffee plantation to learn how the local economy relies on the coffee industry; Experience the full life of a coffee bean, from ground to mug; Sip a warm mug of coffee and chat with local growers

  • Lunch at Tubagua Plantation EcoVillage—Mountain Ecolodge with indescribable views of the coast, surrounding sugarcane fields, and local villages

  • Arrive at beachfront lodging arrangements

  • Dinner at beach in Cabarete—Enjoy local beverages and fresh seafood with your toes in the sand

  • Evening Activity—Conversation with local entrepreneur and activist

     Learning Focus:

  • Environmentally-friendly tourism

  • Critical analysis of the effects of tourism on a local culture and economy

DAY 6: CABARETE

  • Breakfast at local café

  • Tour of the North Coast—Morning visit to local Haitian batey (sugarcane workers’ village), support the village by shopping in local stores and sit down for a Q&A session with local school director

  • Get pampered at a social enterprise nail salon that is fighting human trafficking through offering high quality employment; meet and greet with salon owner

  • Afternoon at beach

  • Dinner on beach

     Learning Focus:

  • Dominican/Haitian issues

  • Exploitation of migrant labor

  • Human Trafficking in the DR

  • Education in the DR

DAY 7: CABARETE

  • Breakfast on beach

  • Free day at the beach—take surfing or kite surfing lessons, relax in the waves, get a massage, etc.

     Learning Focus:

  • Final Debrief

DAY 8: DEPART FOR HOME

  • Travel back to Santo Domingo Airport


Price: $1,895 per person (double occupancy)

Includes accommodations, tour guide, entrance fees, most meals, all in-country transportation, and one pre-trip session.  Single occupancy rate: $2,095

*Airfare not included


Transformative, eye-opening, unforgettable!
— Intentional Tours Client, 2017