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Like many other countries in Central America, the Dominican Republic unfortunately suffers with persistent socio-economic inequality. Although it’s the land of Punta Cana, famous for heavenly beaches, golf and 5-star resorts, Dominican Republic is a country in need for volunteers. More than a third of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day and over 20 percent of the country lives in extreme poverty. Most of the population that needs help is concentrated in the rural areas.
If you decide to travel to the Dominican Republic to do volunteer tourism, or voluntourism, be prepared. Unfortunately, there are many tourist scams happening in the capital, Santo Domingo. Remember to check information and do some research before actually going. As a volunteer you can help with the education of children, teach about environmental conservation or learn about organic agriculture in rural areas. Eco Villages and Eco Lodges also need volunteers in a variety of fields, such as design, social media, cleaning or even reception.
As a volunteer, you will be able to visit highlights of the Dominican Republic such as Pico Duarte - the Caribbean’s tallest mountain - or enjoy the turquoise water of Punta Cana, or take a hike at Bayahibe and enjoy Haitises National Park. First of all, make a nice profile with your skills, photos and bio. Then look for a host that matches your expectations and see if you match theirs. To schedule a trip and travel to the Dominican Republic as a volunteer, become a member of the Worldpackers community!
As a member, you can contact as many hosts and travel safely as many times as you want.
Become a member of our community to get access to all of its benefits.
Apply to as many positions as you want, and chat with any host.
If a host thinks you’re a good fit, you’ll be pre-approved.
Check for required documents, tickets, and local health recommendations.
Confirm your trip with all the Worldpackers safety.
Have a transformative experience and make a positive impact.
After your experience together, you and your host leave reviews.
Sign up for our WP Programs to earn some money while you travel.