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Baseball is life in the Dominican Republic. Experience first hand the passion that is found at all levels of Dominican society as you play bitilla with local children, scrimmage against community teams, play full fledged games at professional baseball camps, and help build new fields throughout the community. Explore the hidden gems of the Dominican Republic as you travel to the Bahia de las Aguilas; considered by many as the most beautiful beach in the country.

With our No Anxiety Escrow Policy, you cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.

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2017 Departures

Departs (USA) Returns (USA) Availability
June 27 July 12 Limited

Program Profile

Country
Dominican Republic
Community Service Focus
Infrastracture, Education

Connecting Programs

Schedule two or more programs in a row to create your ideal Rustic Pathways experience.

This program connects especially well with:

  • Day 1

    Depart the United States for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Your Rustic Pathways staff will greet you upon arrival and take you to the nearby hotel for the night to get some sleep before the real adventure begins.

  • Day 2

    After a buffet breakfast, head to your new home of Boca Chica, just a short drive away from Santo Domingo. Settle in at the eco-village apartments and familiarize yourself with the history of baseball here in the Dominican Republic. Get to know your team before you dive into community service and lots of baseball games!

  • Day 3 - 5

    Get ready to work hard these next two weeks as you contribute to sustainable service projects in the community. Throughout your time in the Dominican Republic you will help construct baseball fields for local youth, get your hands dirty with various infrastructure projects, and clean up the surrounding beaches to help protect the environment. After a hearty lunch, you grab your hats, bats and gloves for your first baseball practice here in the DR! Learn first hand about the passion that Dominican people bring to this sport.

  • Day 6

    Take a short trip to the Cuevas de las Maravillas where you will find paintings and engravings by the Taínos, the indigenous people to the Dominican Republic. After three days of invigorating service and learning, look forward to enjoying unwinding with a well-deserved day of fun. Today, head out to Playa Juan Dolio to spend the day swimming in the serene Caribbean waters and soaking in the sun on the beach.

  • Day 7 - 8

    Continue your service work alongside community partners, working together to achieve your goal! Focus on your baseball game and get ready to cheer on your teammates and hit those home-runs!

  • Day 9

    Stay strong for another morning of community service. At this point, you will have made a strong connection to the community and meaningful project. After a hard day’s work, head to the beach in Boca Chica, where you will watch the sunset over dinner.

  • Day 10 - 11

    Finish up the final touches on your community service projects before a ceremony to celebrate all of your hard work. Say goodbye to all of the wonderful people you met in your community. In the afternoon, put your baseball skills to the test in your final game against a local Dominican team! Celebrate your accomplishments with a dinner out for your last night in Boca Chica.

  • Day 12

    Explore the beauty of the Dominican Republic as you travel through lush tropical vegetation and incredible coastal views. Arrive in Los Patos for lunch stop, where you and your group will get to see where the river meets the ocean! After lunch, keep enjoying the nice ride to an eco-ranch, where you’ll settle in and have a typical Dominican dinner.

  • Day 13

    Enjoy a day of adventure! Get an early start this morning with horseback riding through the breathtaking mountains and rivers of the Barahona region. Catch a glimpse of local culture as this trail guides you along the nearby communities. Take in all of the sights around you before heading back to the ranch for a well-deserved lunch. Spend the afternoon at the ranch, sliding down an 80-meters long toboggan through the natural scenery and ending in a natural pool!

  • Day 14

    Get ready for pure paradise! Explore Bahía de las Águilas, considered one of the most pristine beaches in the Dominican Republic. This beach is located on the southwestern part of the island and protected by the surrounding environment, making it a Caribbean paradise. Enjoy your day soaking up the sun and gorgeous views!

  • Day 15

    Head back to the capital for a tour of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the first university, cathedral and hospital in the Americas. Take a tour of the walled city and learn about the deep history of the first European settlement in the Americas. After touring the Colonial Zone and doing some souvenir shopping, head over to a special dinner and dance show at a typical Dominican restaurant.

  • Day 16

    If you are heading home, you must say your last goodbyes to your new friends and head off to the airport bright and early in the morning. If you are heading off to another Rustic Pathways program in Latin America, get ready for more adventure!

An Important Note About Schedule Changes

Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.

The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.

“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.

For more information, email dominican@rusticpathways.com

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

Rustic Gear. Want to get all your shopping done for your program in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get all the essentials sent right to your door.

Carry-On

A school backpack is ideal as it can be used for day trips.

  • Passport
  • Two photocopies of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts

Checked Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (15)
  • Underwear (15)
  • Pants/capris (2)
  • Jeans (1)
  • Long shorts (2-3)
  • Long skirt
  • T-shirts (8-12)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1-2, lightweight)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Light jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (for sun)
  • Work gloves
  • Headlamp/flashlight

Toiletries

(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam earplugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream
  • 4 pairs of baseball/softball pants
  • 8 pairs of sports socks
  • 1 pair of baseball/softball cleats
  • 1 glove
  • 1 wooden bat
  • 1 pair of batting gloves
  • wrist guards (1 pair)
  • 2 baseball hats

Important Reminders

  • Shorts should be knee length—think Bermuda or basketball shorts—to be respectful to the local culture and traditions.
  • Please bring $10 USD to pay for your tourist card upon arrival.
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    Boca Chica

    Welcome to Boca Chica, just a short drive away from Santo Domingo. This will be your home as you hep construct baseball fields for local youth and learn the ins and outs of baseball, the Dominican way!

  2. b
    Bahía de las Águilas

    This is considered one of the most pristine beaches in the Dominican Republic. This beach is located on the southwestern part of the island and protected by the surrounding environment, making it a Caribbean paradise. Enjoy your day soaking up the sun and gorgeous views!