Dominican Republic

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This trip left me totally inspired and motivated. I have a new love for Dominican and the people there, it is just gorgeous. We spent a lot of time in the communities setting up pop-up clinics, and helping with the construction of labs and clinics. It sparked my interest in nursing and I was able to learn a lot from shadowing the doctors there and taking notes.
What I liked was that it was away from all the tourism, you got to see more of the raw, real Dominican. I have a friend that went on vacation to Dominican, and our trips turned out to be very different. I was happy I got to see the real thing, and learn about the struggles the communities face. It is also interesting to actually be there and not fully relying on different forms of media to tell you what its like. You get to actually be there!
I do wish that I had practised more spanish before the trip. Although I was able to still communicate through motions and pointing, it would be totally different if I could actually speak that language. It was an overall amazing experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Oct 13, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

In July 2016 my daughter Grace, 15 years old, attended the 10 day Global Leadership Adventures trip to the Dominican Republic. As a parent I was excited for her to have this experience, yet a little anxious to send my daughter alone on a plane overseas. Every step of the way the GLA team was immediately available to answer questions, quell fears, and help me through the process of sending Grace to the DR. Though it is quite a bit of work on the parent end, it is worth every moment of preparation, planning and execution. If your child is traveling alone GLA helps connect you to other families who are sending their kids so they can get connected early and possibly even get on the same flight. That was super helpful for me to speak to other parents whose kids were on the same trip. Also, I would recommend starting the process as early as possible, especially fundraising and securing a passport. Also, if your child has medical needs such as medicines, allergies, etc., address those right away and see what requirements are for your trip. My daughter needed TWO Epi-pens and all medicines in prescription boxes with her name on the label. Though it takes extra time as a parent you get peace of mind that their medical needs are completely known and the team is prepared. My daughter left one of her two Epi-Pens in the DR and the team was on it right away getting it back into out possession within a week. Being attentive to the details at the front end will allow the process to unfold beautifully as your child experiences the big beautiful world we all share. I am grateful to GLA and to the team for the support, professionalism, and on-going availability for any and all questions. Sending your child out of the country can be scary, yet GLA sets your mind & heart at ease each step of the way. Go Global Leadership Adventures! #GLA

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Apr 10, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter was so inspired by her trip to the Dominican Republic that she
signed up to go to Ghana this summer. She has been independently fundraising
with the guidance of the GLA contacts. She works as a GLA Ambassador and has gone to events to talk to students who want to learn more and share her own
story to earn scholarship points. I’m impressed by the independence that GLA
has fostered in my child as she in accountable to fundraise for her own trip.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Mar 11, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

GLA has been a great experience for my daughter. She learned a lot about the Dominican Republic culture and the challenges the community faces there while having an opportunity to make a lot of new friends and enjoy the beautiful island. It was amazing to see how much she matured in a short time and how much her view of the world has broadened since that trip. We are already planning her next trip to Belize.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Dec 15, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My experience with Global Leadership Adventures was life changing. Traveling to a different country alone can be quite scary but the phenomenal mentors helped made me feel so much more at home. The mentors were serious and strict when they had to be, but were also fun to hang out with and talk to. It was also so fun meeting other teens on the program. We did so many things while in the Dominican Republic. Some of which include build a house for a family, played and talked with the locals, swam in the ocean, and learned about the world and environment. (And this is just naming a few.) I highly recommend GLA trips for high schoolers, especially if they are looking to travel or try something new.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Dec 4, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My 15 year old daughter attended the Dominican Republic Public Health Initiative Summer 2016 (2 week program). I highly recommend this program to ambitious and curious students who are interested in public health and social science. My 15 year old was fortunate enough to take a Human Geography class her Freshman year in high school and the trip was essentially an extension of the Human Geo class. Each day was filled with a lot of work in the communities, getting to know the Dominican and Haitian people and evening workshops led by group mentors. It was not an easy trip but probably one of the most fulfilling experiences my daughter has ever had. The work she did has inspired her to think about a career in Medicine/Public Health. As a parent I never worried whether she was safe. The program is so well run I had complete confidence in the staff and support staff in the Dominican Republic. We would definitely do another trip.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Nov 9, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
8

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

The trip with Global Leadership Adventures is so worth it. When I went, we usually woke up, ate breakfast, and then went to our activity of the day (usually walking which made it more fun). We got to do service activities like building a house out of recycled plastic water bottles (!!!) or visiting a Haitian batey which was so eye opening. Even though some activities may be emotionally or physically harder than others, the people around you is what it makes it all worth while. Everyone in my group got along and we still talk. Then there's the recreational activities like zipping which is beautiful. And even though the price of the trip may be a little much, there's tons of different ways to fundraise and the trip will definitely be worth the cost. For activities we usually wore athletic shorts and a t-shirt or tank, but in the communities we wore long pants (about 3 days where you need to wear long pants). Oh and do not forgot mentors. Your mentors are the greatest people and they will teach you so much on this trip, GLA mentors are undoubtably amazing. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you choose to go on this trip!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Nov 9, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Give a Heart To Africa

The trip with Global Leadership Adventures is so worth it. When I went, we usually woke up, ate breakfast, and then went to our activity of the day (usually walking which made it more fun). We got to do service activities like building a house out of recycled plastic water bottles (!!!) or visiting a Haitian batey which was so eye opening. Even though some activities may be emotionally or physically harder than others, the people around you is what it makes it all worth while. Everyone in my group got along and we still talk. Then there's the recreational activities like zipping which is beautiful. And even though the price of the trip may be a little much, there's tons of different ways to fundraise and the trip will definitely be worth the cost. For activities we usually wore athletic shorts and a t-shirt or tank, but in the communities we wore long pants (about 3 days where you need to wear long pants). Oh and do not forgot mentors. Your mentors are the greatest people and they will teach you so much on this trip, GLA mentors are undoubtably amazing. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you choose to go on this trip!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Nov 9, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Discover Corps

Discover Corps trip to the Dominican Republic, was life changing! Getting to be apart of such a great program that benefits not only the people of DR, but myself as well. Our group was small and it worked out in our favor! Scott our group leader was awesome! He was so informative, easy to get along with, and overall fantastic, couldn't have ask for a better leader. The program was organized and accurate on each daily activity. 8 days full of projects that were amazing, from building a home for a family out of discarded plastic bottles, to visiting a chocolate factory.. there were many fun experiences on this trip I can't pick a specific one. Overall great program and I'm definitely going to be participating in another.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Jun 28, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Discover Corps

I am so glad that my husband and I used Discover Corps for volunteer travel. I had been wanting to take a trip like this for a long time. I love to travel but I longed for the "real" experience beyond cookie cutter tourist attractions. The best part was doing something to positively impact someone's life.

The Discover Corps team made me feel that I was being taken care of from the very beginning. Jasmine was extremely helpful and informative throughout the predeparture process. Our group leaders in the DR were extremely knowledgable. We learned a lot, helped those in need, and had some fun, too! I think it can be a great bonding experience for friends, families, and couples. Upon my return home, I feel more grateful than ever for all of my blessings.

I highly recommend this trip to any and everyone! Words cannot express how much we loved it!

Program:
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Apr 9, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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