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Marine Life and Coastal Restoration

Marine Life and Coastal Restoration

Grab your snorkel gear and dive into a marine adventure to protect the coastlines of the Dominican Republic. Stay in stunning Bayahibe and work with FUNDEMAR, a NGO dedicated to the conservation of marine ecosystems. Learn about threats to local marine and terrestrial life as you gain hands-on experience in scientific conservation methods, including the construction of reef restoration structures, the monitoring of coral growth in a wet lab, and the rehabilitation of mangroves. On remote Saona Island, spend a night helping to protect sea turtles. Share what you’ve learned about marine conservation with local youth during a fun day camp. In your downtime, swim in freshwater caverns, search for sea stars in natural pools, and fall in love with island life.

Students love our programs in Dominican Republic!
Departure Dates
  1. June 09 - June 24, 2020

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  2. June 16 - July 01, 2020

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  3. June 23 - July 08, 2020

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  4. June 30 - July 15, 2020

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  5. July 07 - July 22, 2020

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  6. July 14 - July 29, 2020

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  7. July 21 - August 05, 2020

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  8. June 08 - June 23, 2021

  9. June 15 - June 30, 2021

  10. June 22 - July 07, 2021

  11. June 29 - July 14, 2021

  12. July 06 - July 21, 2021

  13. July 13 - July 28, 2021

  14. July 20 - August 04, 2021

Program Profile
Program Profile

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.

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.


  • Headlamp with red light setting (better for the turtles!)
  • Snorkel gear (fins, mask, snorkel)
  • Dry bag (to use on boat rides)


  • Socks (10)
  • Underwear (15)
  • Lightweight pants (2-3)
  • Work pants or jeans (1)
  • Long service shorts
  • Athletic shorts (7-8)
  • Long skirt or dress (2-3)
  • T-shirts (7-9)
  • Tank tops (5-7)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (2-4)
  • Long sleeved rash guard (1)
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Light jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (for sun)

(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.
  • Please bring $10 USD to pay for your tourist card upon arrival.