A LAND OF CONTRASTS
Arriving in the Dominican Republic, travel to the pristine Parque Nacional del Este for a snorkeling trip through warm turquoise waters with your group. Ease right in and make instant friends as you explore the 400 caverns and 8 spectacular reefs of this amazingly diverse national park. From there, it’s on to vibrant city life in Santo Domingo, the DR’s culturally-rich capital. Wander the perfectly preserved old city center by day and enjoy authentic Dominican food and dancing the merengue at night. Gather with your group on the rooftop patio of your guesthouse for an introduction to the content you’ll cover in your Wilderness First Responder and medical Spanish training.
WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF COLUMBUS
Head north to the beautiful peninsula of Samana and pick up Christopher Columbus’ trail. This is where he is said to have first set foot in the New World. In the quiet beach town of Las Galenas, deepen your medical Spanish knowledge while you cover basic human systems, perform patient assessments and practice conversing with Spanish-speaking locals. Enjoy local specialties at restaurante El Cabito while gazing at craggy cliffs looming over the Atlantic. Reflect on new experiences and all you’re learning as you stroll the sandy beaches of Rincon and Playita and sip from freshly harvested coconuts.
STUDY BY SECLUDED BEACHES
Travel farther west on the Samana Peninsula to Las Terrenas. Here you’ll dive into the intensive work for your 80-hour WFR certification. Leverage your language and critical thinking skills as you practice rescue scenarios in both Spanish and English, learning how to provide emergency medical care during evacuations and strategies for keeping patients calm until secondary care can be reached. But it’s not all work: afternoon breaks are enjoyed on the powdery white sand beach just a five-minute walk away. Learn to windsurf or conquer the waves on a kite board.
ESCAPE TO THE LAND OF ETERNAL SPRINGTIME
To celebrate your successful completion of the WFR course, we journey to the mountain village of Jarabacoa. There, we explore abundant and refreshing waterfalls on a mountain hike and take on a thrilling white water rafting tour down the longest river in the Caribbean, the mighty Yaque del Norte. As you breathe in the cool mountain air, scented with coffee trees and strawberries, you are ready for your final and perhaps most meaningful adventure.
APPLY YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
Restauración lies close to the Haitian border, in the second-poorest province of the Dominican Republic. Engage with families as you take part in a home stay with local villagers. Put your medical and Spanish training to good use, in a real-word setting, as we partner with a community-based NGO to provide much needed public health services to underserved communities. You may find yourself conducting prenatal visits to pregnant women or teaching schoolchildren about nutrition, constructing latrines or educating older residents on life-saving strategies for managing diabetes. Leave not only with new language and medical skills, but also the knowledge that you made a real and a tangible impact on the health and future of the people of this region.