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Custom Humanitarian Vacation

Day 1

Our Custom Humanitarian Vacation begins with arrival in the Dominican Republic and beach time at the resort.

Day 2

Recycled Paper and Crafts Entrepreneurship is another group of enterprising Dominican women have formed an association to create and sell arts and crafts from locally recycled paper. In addition to participating in the entire paper recycling process, you’ll have the opportunity to support all aspects of the association’s program, including creating new products for sale, expanding the association’s distribution network, and helping to establish a more formal process for taking their products to market. 

This support provides critical income and will ultimately allow the women to expand their association as their business grows. As our guest, you can have a positive, hands-on impact on both programs, not only helping the women benefit from steady sources of income but also contributing to increased English skills that can help them sell their products more effectively.

This is 1/2 day project.

20 minute drive from the hotel to the factory/store.

Physical labor includes: tearing paper, screening the paper, and  gluing strips of the paper.

Day 3

The poorest half of the Dominican Republic’s population receives less than one-fifth of the country’s annual GDP. But the economic opportunities are there. And so is the willingness to take advantage of them.One local women’s cooperative is actively involved in the cultivation of organic chocolate (cacao) plants, an important source of income for the Puerto Plata region. 

As our guest, you can participate in the complete production cycle: from planting and cultivating the organic cacao trees, to preparing the raw materials, to producing and packaging the final product for sale. By helping to improve production and increase sales, you’ll also be helping the organization to thrive so it can hire more local women, providing critical income in a region with limited.

This is 1/2 day project.

1 hour drive from the hotel to the factory.

Physical labor incudes: packaging, sorting, and pouring into molds. Wear work clothes, gloves will be provided.

Bring money to purchase chocolate gifts. The proceeds go to the cause.

Day 4 

If Sunday, you’ll have the option of church at 10:00am. Following church, you can enjoy a cable car ride, or the teleferico, to locals. This ride will take you to Isabel del Torres Gardens, and the Christ the Redeemer Statue.

The rest of the day is a free day to rest and relax.

cable car from Mount of Isabel del Torres

Day 5

The water crisis is a reality that plagues the entire world. In the Dominican Republic alone, more than three million people have no access to piped water. One solution already being implemented is the production and distribution of clay water filters, which mean far fewer children and adults will miss school or work due to water-borne illnesses. 

You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside established organizations and local artisans in the entire filter-making process: gathering and mixing the raw materials, working the clay, shaping and firing the filters, testing the quality of the finished product, and distributing the finished filters to needy families. In this family-friendly activity, even smaller children will find ways to do their part.

This is 1/2 day project.

45 minute drive from the hotel to the factory.

2 parts; making the filters, then delivering to the families.

Day 6

As our guest, you will have the opportunity to help improve the lives and health of the Dominican people from the ground up. Literally. In the homes of poorer communities, the common basic dirt floors are a genuine health risk. They pick up dust during the dry season and retain dampness and puddles in the rainy season. And they’re impossible to clean, which means that anything spilled on the floor or tracked into the house, however unhygienic, tends to stay put. 

Every month, homes in a different small area of a community will be chosen to be upgraded with new concrete floors. Can’t you see yourself pouring concrete and working alongside the homeowners and other members of the surrounding community, including children and teenagers, helping them create surroundings they’ll be proud to take care of maintain. The families are so appreaciative. The average cost of the new concrete floor is $200. Part of your fees pay for the materials.

This is 1/2 day project.

15-45 minute drive from the hotel to the home.

Physical labor incudes: mixing, shoveling, carrying buckets and smoothing out the concrete. bring some work clothes. gloves will be provided.

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Day 7 

Return home with a new perspective for your family!

Additional Service Activity: Teaching English

On a national level, young Dominicans face almost insurmountable obstacles to academic success. One of the skills in demand by local employers is basic English. (*School Months Only) However, a shortage of trained English teachers and lack of academic support at home make a formalized English learning curriculum difficult to sustain. You’ll have the opportunity to work with both teachers and students on activities designed to create interest and excitement in the learning process and aid in language retention. 

You’ll engage in games, simple vocabulary lessons, and small-group conversations that provide much-needed confidence. And you’ll find that this kind of positive impact on the life of a child is one of the most gratifying experiences a traveler can have.Our guest anticipates that, within five years, more than 2,200 of the students whose lives we’ve touched will have achieved working proficiency in English and will be prepared for jobs that can raise the income levels of their families. Traveling during the summer when school is out of session? You can still help students succeed academically. Check out the Creative, Arts, Music, and Sports program that takes the place of Student English Conversation and Learning during the summer months.

Spend 1/2 the day with the kids or adults.

Travel 30 minutes.

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*Rate of Exchange and City Taxes

Legacy Tours are priced to ensure our clients get the most economical price for the tour. In doing so we base our  tour price on the value of the US dollar to the Euro when final payment is made. The published price and rate of exchange for the dollar when published is the marker. If the dollar has decreased when the final payment is due, the cost for the tour may be more than the published price. However if the dollar increases in value when your final payment is due, then you will pay less than the price that is published for the tour.

A number of European cities are likely to increase or impose a new tourism tax in the near future. These taxes may be added without warning. These extra taxes may end up being added to the final cost of the tour or it’s possible you will be asked to pay locally on the spot. Barcelona just recently added a city tax that was between 1-3 EU per night.  This is just to let you know of this possibility.  In any advent you will want to bring some extra Euros to have on hand in case that happens on our tour.