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Island Living and Eco-Service

Island Living and Eco-Service

Leave the typical tourist route and explore the Dominican Republic beyond its exterior. Begin your journey in the mountainous region of Jarabacoa. Learn about efforts to foster sustainable tourism and park management as you help maintain protected territories. Head to Samaná Peninsula and partner with the Green Brigade, a group of young environmental activists, to plant red mangroves along the coast to protect the region from storm surges. Take a break from community service to hike to the Baiguate or Jimenoa waterfalls, ride horses to the beaches of Las Galeras, and take a boat ride across Samaná Bay to explore the islands of Los Haitises National Park.

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With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may 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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No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may 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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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.

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Carry-On

A school backpack is ideal as it will 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.

Clothing

  • Socks (8)
  • Underwear (8)
  • Work pants/hiking pants (2 – 4)
  • Jeans (1)
  • Athletic shorts (3-4)
  • T-shirts (6-8)
  • Nicer outfit for dinner (1)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1)
  • Light sweatshirt/hoodie
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (1-3)
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sturdy shoes for service (They will get dirty!)
  • Work gloves
  • Sunglasses & hat (for sun)
  • Headlamp
  • Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)

Toiletries

(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam earplugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream
Important Reminders
  • Shorts should be knee length—think Bermuda or basketball shorts—to be respectful to the local culture and traditions. We care about and enforce this!