8 days
Southern Dominican Republic – Estimated 15 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable. Experience the Dominican Republic’s diverse landscape as you journey from Santo Domingo to Hato Mayor, driving past fruit plantations and tropical sugar cane fields. Explore the history and culture of baseball within the country while gaining insight into how a local hobby has become a nationwide pastime—with many of the athletes ranking among the best in the world. Working together with community members, you’ll build longterm solutions to spark renewed interest in education among young local athletes. As you foster meaningful relationships within the community, you’ll celebrate customs and help empower generations to come.
Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Education
  • Youth Development
  • Community Building
 
Day 1: Arrive in Santo Domingo
Meet your Field Director at the airport. After you arrive at your accommodations, settle in and meet your group for an orientation and safety overview.

Day 2: Santo DomingoThe history of baseball in the Caribbean
  • Explore regional baseball history through visits to Dominican baseball museums.
  • Interview former professional Dominican baseball players who have returned to their home towns.
  • Get to know community baseball teams who fostered the skills of some of the region's finest athletes.
 
Days 3-6: Hato Mayor Service ProjectExploring Dominican culture through baseball
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual program date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like. 
  • Participate in youth development-focused service work aimed at keeping young athletes in school.
  • Explore the role of baseball in community life through culturally immersive activities with local youth and discussions with former professional baseball players.
  • Observe or participate in a friendly softball game with locals.
  • Partake in evening workshops to deepen your understanding of the issues facing Dominican youth in local baseball communities.
 
Day 7: Beach Excursion
Soak up the sun and surf on a full-day beach excursion.

Day 8: Depart for home 

Want to learn more about this program?
Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Education
  • Youth Development
  • Community Building
 
Day 1: Arrive in Santo Domingo
Meet your Field Director at the airport. After you arrive at your accommodations, settle in and meet your group for an orientation and safety overview.

Day 2: Santo DomingoThe history of baseball in the Caribbean
  • Explore regional baseball history through visits to Dominican baseball museums.
  • Interview former professional Dominican baseball players who have returned to their home towns.
  • Get to know community baseball teams who fostered the skills of some of the region's finest athletes.
 
Days 3-6: Hato Mayor Service ProjectExploring Dominican culture through baseball
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual program date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like. 
  • Participate in youth development-focused service work aimed at keeping young athletes in school.
  • Explore the role of baseball in community life through culturally immersive activities with local youth and discussions with former professional baseball players.
  • Observe or participate in a friendly softball game with locals.
  • Partake in evening workshops to deepen your understanding of the issues facing Dominican youth in local baseball communities.
 
Day 7: Beach Excursion
Soak up the sun and surf on a full-day beach excursion.

Day 8: Depart for home 

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Everything you get

  • Airfare & transportation

    We take care of the details so you and your students can enjoy traveling to its fullest. That means we take care of flights, buses, trains, cruise ships, ferries, and subways.

  • Hotel accommodations

    Ok, everyone might be too excited to sleep. But for those who are ready for a good night’s rest, we ensure safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.

  • Meals

    Regional-style breakfasts and local restaurants for some meals are part of every program. We leave other meals up to the individual so everyone has the chance to explore their own tastes.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Cool, confident and literally fluent in the local landscape, he or she travels at your side for the duration of your tour to make sure logistics like routes and reservations are always taken care of.

  • Sightseeing tours led by expert local guides

    Your group will get the in-depth version of the world’s greatest attractions. The group will be joined by licensed, local guides on tours of anything from Vatican City to Versailles.

  • Entrances to special attractions

    Step alongside your students into the world's most inspiring places. With EF, those entrance costs are included.

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    With over 400 schools and offices in more than 50 countries, EF is there quickly and in person in the event of the unexpected. Our $15 million liability policy and $1 million consumer protection plan are standard for all travelers at no additional cost.

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