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Dominican Republic Virtual Tour

Sample Itineraries

Community Nursing & Health Promotion
  • Provide nursing students and faculty a custom service learning experience in the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua to meet learning objectives and generate impact. 
  • Participate in health-focused community development projects and conduct family health assessments.
  • Engage with local nursing students, healthcare professionals, and community health promoters in a variety of settings. 
  • Visit clinical healthcare facilities in both rural and urban contexts to provide students with a broad perspective of the healthcare system.
  • Learn about country history through guided cultural experiences and community-based tourism activities and excursions.
Physical / Occupational / Respiratory Therapy

  • Provide PT, OT, and RT students and faculty a custom service learning experience in the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua to meet learning objectives and generate impact. 
  • Visit patients in their home environments to assess and provide appropriate treatment plans, including referrals to the local health system. 
  • Engage with health promoters about basic physical therapy evaluation and treatment to increase the capacity of care health promoters working daily in their communities.
  • Participate in community development and healthy household projects to improve the overall wellbeing and community health.
  • Visit clinical healthcare facilities in both rural and urban contexts to provide students with a broad perspective of the healthcare system.
  • Learn about country history through guided cultural experiences and community-based tourism activities and excursions. 
<br /> Architecture & Design
  • Learn from local builders and community organizers about their challenges and solutions to appropriate community and household infrastructure. 
  • Participate on community asset development projects like water access, greenspace, public recreation, and home accessibility projects. 
  • Conduct site visits to rural, urban, and even colonial locations with local experts and professionals. 
  • Complete independent studio projects in a variety of locations in either Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic.
Alternative Breaks
  • Volunteer in the rural and semi-urban communities Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic
  • Participate in community engagement activities like surveys, youth sports, and cultural activities. 
  • Work on family impact projects like constructing clean cook stoves and ovens, concrete floors, and household accessibility like indoor bathrooms, wide doorways,  and wheelchair ramps. 
  • Learn about local culture

    Dominican Republic FAQs

    Is the Dominican Republic Safe?

    • Yes, the country is very safe for tourists with petty theft being the biggest risk in larger cities.

    Do I need to speak Spanish?

    • Spanish is not required to join a trip. There will be an interpreter for the group at all times. However, we recommend you brush up on your vocabulary because you will be able to immerse yourself in the projects and communities more through Spanish.

    What’s the weather like?

    • The Dominican Republic is a great place to visit all year round. Generally, the DR is hot and sunny during the day and can be rainy year round, with the most rainfall in November and December. However, we encourage you to check the weather in anticipation for your trip.

    Is it safe to drink the tap water at hotels?

    • No, it is not safe to drink the tap water in the DR, as it is not purified. Always drink bottled water, available in abundance at your resort or in the neighborhood stores and supermarkets.

    Will businesses accept American dollars?

    • Businesses in tourist destinations, including restaurants, souvenir shops, and supermarkets tend to accept dollars, though you will receive a less favorable rate than at the banks. That said, most prices in the Dominican Republic are in Dominican pesos.

    Do cell phones work in the Dominican Republic?

    • You will need to utilize an international plan when visiting the Dominican Republic. A good alternative solution is to install Whatsapp to text and video chat for free whenever you are on WIFI. Whatsapp is incredibly fast and efficient. However, in case of emergencies, your guide or translator will always have access to cell service. 

    What are some typical foods?

    • Dominican food is very diverse. Some common examples include mangú (green plantains, boiled and mashed), fried salami, rice, red kidney beans, meat stews, tostones (mashed and double-fried green plantains), and lots of delicious seafood.

    Are there vegan or vegetarian options available?

    • Yes, we collect your dietary preferences before your trip and we will work with restaurants to prepare meals to your liking. 

    Have a more specific question? Please reach out to your professor leading this trip

    Nicaragua FAQs

    Is Nicaragua Safe? 

    • Nicaragua is considered to be the safest country in Latin America. Western Nicaragua, where our trips take place, is especially safe.

    Do I need to speak Spanish? 

    • Spanish is not required to join a trip. There will be an interpreter for the group at all times. However, we recommend you brush up on your vocabulary because you will be able to immerse yourself in the projects and communities more through Spanish.

    Can I receive community service hours?

    • Yes. We can certify any community service hours completed as part of your itinerary. You must provide us with the appropriate form to complete.

    What’s the weather like? 

    • Nicaragua has a tropical climate with both a rainy and dry season. During the dry season, there is virtually no rain. Expect rain once or twice a day during the rainy season. Temperatures range from the low-70s to the high-90s for most of the year, with colder evening temperatures in the north.

    Do cell phones work in Nicaragua?

    • You will need to utilize an international plan when visiting Nicaragua. A good alternative solution is to install Whatsapp to text and video chat for free whenever you are on WIFI. Whatsapp is incredibly fast and efficient. However, in case of emergencies, your guide or translator will always have access to cell service. 

    Have a more specific question? Please reach out to your professor leading this trip

    FAQs for Professors

    What would be my responsibilities as a professor/group leader?

    • Comunidad Connect handles all in country logistics, vendor payments, reservations, transportation and lodging, project and activity prep and execution, community site visits, and tourism activities. Group leaders can focus on learning objectives, group dynamics, and enjoying time abroad with students and colleagues. Comunidad Connect staff is also available for pre and post trip meetings with the group, if desired.

    Can I create my own itinerary?

    • Yes, of course. We have a booklet of example itineraries to show trip structure. However, all education abroad journeys are customized to achieve learning objectives and unforgettable experiences for students and faculty

    Where are education abroad trips offered?

    • Currently Comunidad Connect travels to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, yet we are always building relationships for future destinations.

    Who will I work with to plan a trip?

    • Directly with CEO, Jon Thompson and Marketing Manager, Adam Rosendale

    Does Comunidad Connect have experience working with Universities and Education Abroad programs?

    • Yes, we have -for 10 years with professors from various universities (see list below) to create memorable education abroad learning experiences 

    How do I get started?

    • Contact info@comunidadconnect.org to begin a conversation today

    What in-country risk management & emergency protocols are currently set in place?

    Testimonials 

    “One of my biggest takeaways from this trip was seeing how people in the communities were always helping each other, despite having a lack of tangible resources. It was a very eye-opening experience to visit the Dominican Republic and witness such a different lifestyle from our own. Some of my favorite memories were getting to know the local people of the DR. They were some of the kindest and most welcoming people I have ever met, and I am very grateful to have learned so much from them.

    This trip was a great balance of work and play. While we spent time working in the communities, educating community members, and visiting local hospitals/ clinics, we were also able to enjoy the beautiful sights and culture of the Dominican Republic through various activities such as ziplining and visiting a coffee farm.  My advice would be to fully submerge yourself in every experience. Its truly a trip of a lifetime and I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone!”

    -Krupa, Kennesaw State Nursing Student

    Lily, Kennesaw State Nursing Student

    Our Partners

    2018 Annual Health Summit in Nicaragua

    Past and Present Academic Partners
    • Kennesaw State University
    • Georgia State University
    • University of North Georgia
    • University of Virginia
    • Oregon University
    • Yale University
    • The Ohio State University
    • Upstate Medical University
    • Tufts Dental School
    • Clemson University
    • Cal-Poly
    • New York University- Alternative Breaks
    • University of Colorado
    • Emory University
    • Queen’s College
    • University of Tennessee
    • The Sea State
    • Norte Dame University of Maryland

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