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High­lights

Transform your life by transforming the life of communites in need
Practice your Spanish, learn the culture, and travel off the beaten path
Gain clarity on your lifes purpose and add skills and experience to your resume
Make unforgetable memories and lifetime friends with likeminded volunteers who are making a difference in world
Visit Santigo Rodriguez, Moncion, Isla Verde - hike, go on river tours,visit spectacular energy generating dams
As a Caritas Smile build volunteer, you will help to rebuild a home for family and engage with communities in local villages, learn the culture and travel This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
As a Caritas Smile, Take A Trip Change A Life volunteer you’ll have an experience of a lifetime. Our transformative programs offer the opportunity to volunteer abroad in Latin American while learning how to live a mindful and socially conscious lifestyle. A unique combination of reflective and spiritual sessions coupled with hands on community engagement activities make Caritas Smile volunteers gain valuable real-life experiences abroad.   You’ll gain valuable life experiences through hands-on work, all while opening your heart and mind to the local culture and language. 
  • Lend a hand building infrastructure in rural villages
  • Help local small businesses with marketing
  • Teach English
  • Volunteer to re-build a school,  family home or community
  • Gain work and life experience
  • Directly deliver clothes, shoes, basic living supplies to families in need
  • Bring holiday cheer to needy and sick children at clinics and hospitals
  • Work in a village, orphanage, school, small business
  • Wander through the town’s most breathtaking landscapes
  • Learn about the economic development, culture, customs, and language of the country
  • Daily mindful and/or yoga classes

Day 1

ARRIVAL DAY
We'll be there to pick you up at the airport to take you to the Caritas Smile Guest Home. Welcome dinner celebration and time to get to know each other. Your life changing adventure starts esta noche!

 

Day 2

VOLUNTEER TO BUILD A HOME 
A day to give back and leave with our hearts more full than when we arrived.  A percentage of your program fee is used to help build a home for a family.

 

Day 3

GIVE YOUR HEART WITH ART 
Today we travel to the deep rural areas of Monción and prepare for our Art and English Service Project. We’ll be creating beautiful art with Dominican kids at a local school. 

 

Day 4

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS This is Caritas Smile signature program! Volunteers surprise and deliver educational supplies, toys, clothes to families in need.

 
 

Day 5

FUN DAY IN THE SUN 
Our full beach day in this northern region will be unforgettable! We’ll celebrate our work by taking a boat tour and experience beach life. 

 

Day 6

SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS 
On our last day in Dominican Republic we tour the beautiful city of Santiago. 

 

Departure Day

DEPARTURE DAY 
We'll take you to the airport and say our goodbyes. Everyone that has traveled with Caritas Smile always says "I can't wait for the next life-changing  trip." 
 



Typical day

Set in the beautiful mountain scenery of Moncion in the Dominican Republic, welcomed home by mama and a host of talented local women who so graciously cook authentic meals to nourish your body, the mindfulness journey of Caritas Smile begins. The smell of breakfast awakens you as you head to the rooftop for meditation, reflection, journaling, and yoga. After a hardy homecooked meal day one lays the foundation for your experience, as you help to lay the foundation of the house. Brick by brick, smile by smile, you become one with the family you are there to help. In the evening after dinner, you may go into Moncion to experience dancing and street vendors. You may stay back and relax after a long day, reflecting with your Caritas family, or preparing for giving day.  The rest of the trip is filled with this beautiful balance of giving and receiving, ritual and reflection. By the end, you will feel like you are leaving family, who you will stay connected with if you choose long after this trip is over. You will have loved, cried, hurt, laughed, learned, given, taken, and experienced so much. You will leave planning when your next trip will be with Take a trip change a life, Caritas Smile, and your Dominican family because that is exactly what Caritas provides. Family, friends, experience, and mindfulness of love given and received in the mountain setting of Moncion.

Free-time activities

You will have free time in the evenings and every morning before volunteering in the village. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at University level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Any yoga, language, mindfulness, leadership, musical talents, dance or any special skills a volunteer may have will benefit the communities and the travel group
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Caritas Smile
  • Airport transfers
  • Three meals a day prepared by our own chef
  • Healthy snacks and refreshments during the day
  • Ecotourism – Hiking and river tours
  • 6 days 5 nights of lodging in the Caritas Smile Private Guest home
  • Local transportation for scheduled activities
  • 5 daily classes of mindful meditation & Yoga
  • 5 mornings of Volunteer work – rebuild a home for a family
  • Handcrafted journals made by Caritas Smile kids
  • Optional Activities
  • Staff available 24/7
Airport Pickup at Cibao International Airport

The Caritas Smile team will be at the airport to pick you up

Accommodation

At Caritas Smile Guesthouse you are treated like family and greeted with a warm welcome and true Dominican hospitality.


The Caritas Smile Guesthouse is an elegant yet rustic house making every possible effort to make your stay comfortable and reflective. 


The Guesthouse is located within driving distance of downtown Moncion, with easy access to restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, and the city's nightlife.


Shared rooms with bathrooms.


Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Three meals a day are included and prepared by our Caritas Smile cook. Bottled water, filtered water and natural juices are included.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cibao International Airport (STI) in Santiago. We assist you to find cheap flights to Dominican Republic.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Dominican Republic provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Dominican Republic you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Dominican Republic.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Caritas Smile will be there to pick you up at the airport to take you to the Caritas Smile Guest Home. Welcome dinner celebration and time to get to know each other. Your life-changing adventure starts this evening!
DATES for 2020:
June 22-28
July 20-26

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 1 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$899
1 week (max. stay)
$899
Average fees
$899 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Caritas Smile will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Caritas Smile during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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As a Caritas Smile build volunteer, you will help to rebuild a home for family and engage with communities in local villages, learn the culture and travel

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