Spend your semester living within walking distance to the beach, but leave knowing that the sassy kids you teach will be the part you love the most. Volunteering in this Caribbean country means splitting your time between paradise and the beaming faces of the kids you teach. Luckily your kids are more than happy to join you for a day in the waves or an afternoon playing basketball.

Volunteering in the DR with ILP means living with a group of volunteers in a local neighborhood, giving an English education to children who wouldn’t be able to afford it themselves.

Get the real Dominican experience.

One of the best parts of volunteering for a semester rather than vacationing for a week is that you have time to create relationships and really get to know the culture. You’ll be living in Puerto Plata which is a beautiful travel destination for many tourists, but you have the unique opportunity to step into the city streets and see what tourists never do. Behind the facade of the nearby touristic beaches you will experience life as the locals do, see the deep poverty of the country, and give back on a personal level.

City: Puerto Plata

Service: Help children who come from limited means receive a free English education through this Humanitarian program, which they would not otherwise be able to afford.

Group Size: About 30 volunteers. Our biggest group is in the DR!

Life Abroad: Live in an apartment with other volunteers. Fill up on rice, beans, meat and the freshest fruit around! Mangos will be your new favorite. Practice your Spanish skills with the friendly neighbors.

Semesters: Fall semester is August – December. Spring semester is January – April. Summer semester is April – August.

Live in a vacation destination.

You don’t even have to travel to get to a vacation destination because you’re already living in one! Puerto Plata’s stretch of golden sandy beaches attracts tourists from around the globe. The Dominican Republic is the most visited island in the Caribbean by far and for good reason. You can whale watch, explore national parks, enjoy seafood at a beachside restaurant, and have excursions through the tropical, mountainous countryside.


While you’re already living in a beautiful area, volunteers do have vacation time to explore surrounding areas as well during the semester.

  • Punta Cana, D.R. Snorkel in the coral reefs, ride horses through the rain forest to a waterfall, and ride dune buggies through the sandy beaches.
  • Santo Domingo, D.R. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Zona Colonial where Columbus settled in the new world and get a glimpse of Spanish architecture and ruins.
  • Puerto Rico Rappel a cliff into caves, hike to waterfalls and spending the day kayaking.
  • Jamaica Raft down the Rio Grande River, bobsled down Mystic Mountain through the rainforest and swim with sting rays.
  • Virgin Islands Snorkel and swim in the pristine waters and visit Blackbeard’s castle.
  • St Lucia Zip line through the jungle, go off-roading on ATVs, enjoy a street party, and visit a volcano.
  • Barbados Visit lush green landscapes, go caving, and spend your day relaxing at the beach.
  • Bahamas Ride horses on the beach, swim with dolphins, and stock up on souvenirs.
  • Turks and Caicos Explore limestone caves and relax on the beach or have some fun jet skiing.
  • Aruba Explore the island on scooters, visit a natural pool tucked away, or check out views from a lighthouse.

Your Dominican To Do List.

This country is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream! Relax and go swimming at one of the many golden sand beaches, hike through a rainforest and cool off in a pristine waterfall, join in on a basketball game with local kids, go snorkeling around the coral reefs, parasailing, caving, white water rafting, horseback riding…the list goes on and on.