Have you chosen to volunteer abroad in the Dominican Republic? Awesome! Now, are you ready?
With a long history of social responsibility, our agency has embraced the philosophy of giving back to the community by supporting worthwhile causes, with an emphasis on working together and contributing to the communities in which we live and work.
As a Punta Cana Realtor, I meet people every year who come to the country to volunteer. Some for a few months, some for a year. I have seen some of the ups and downs some of the volunteers experience, so I wanted to share some tips to help you choose how best to make an impact on this amazing island.
Be Confident in Your Decision. The Dominican Republic is an amazingly diverse place providing many different experiences. For example, you could be volunteering in a rural village, or based in a large city like Santo Domingo, helping disadvantaged urban communities. Each has its undeniable appeals and it is up to you to decide what exactly you want to achieve and experience during your stay. You should push yourself, but be realistic about what type of environment will suit you best.
Make Sure Your Project is Sustainable. Make sure the volunteer initiatives you’re looking at are run in a sustainable way. Ask questions about how they ensure volunteer work is maximized to make the biggest impact. Ask what the project has achieved in the past and how this is measured. Great projects do great things!
Have Some Fun. Make sure to enjoy yourself and keep some time to travel. Research what there is to do in the area and how you can spend some time, pre or post-volunteering, seeing more of this amazing island.
Immerse Yourself. To make the most out of your Dominican adventure, do some research into the history, culture and people of the island. Learn a few phrases in Spanish and do some research into why sustainable development is so important. The more you put in, the more you get out!
For more information about life in Punta Cana, contact me at (809) 552-0421 or email me at info@PuntaCanaLife.com
Jocelyn Hernandez Irizarry has been selling Punta Cana Real Estate with Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate since 2004.