Tap into your leadership skills and work as part of a team to design and run a day camp for children during this challenging program. Your trip begins in the outdoor adventure destination of Jarabacoa. Plan your curriculum while you camp in the Dominican Alps and get to know the rest of your group members. Journey into underserved batey communities to meet your excited students and put your week-long day camp plan into action. Lead them in sports, arts, and other recreational activities. When the camp is over, reflect on your success while relaxing on a tranquil beach with your new friends, take a catamaran ride, and go snorkeling. Leave the Dominican Republic knowing you’ve positively impacted local children with an experience they’ll never forget.
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.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
- Two photocopies of passport
- Book and/or journal
- Ear buds
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Additional community service forms
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (15 pair)
- Underwear (15)
- Pants/capris (2)
- Jeans (1)
- Long service shorts
- Long skirt
- T-shirts (8-12)
- Long sleeved shirt (1 or 2, lightweight)
- Quick dry towel
- Beach towel/sarong
- Rain jacket
- Light jacket
- Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
- Sturdy shoes for service
- Hat (for sun)
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contacts solution
- Foam earplugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream