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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Dominican Republic

Explore Dominican society and give of yourself on a series of educational service projects while also experiencing the island’s natural richness, cultural traditions and unique Jewish history.

  • At a Glance

    16 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~40 Hours

    Location: Dominican Republic

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,950
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private bus
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:


Stand UP for Community Enrichment

Journey to the Dominican Republic where you’ll give of yourself while feeling part of a new community on this 16-day cross-cultural journey. Connect with different aspects of Dominican society through a series of educational service projects in support of local children, migrants from Haiti, and others in need. Along the way, there’s plenty of time to discover the island’s natural richness with adventures in the lush highlands, along the beach and out at sea. You’ll also learn about the unique history of Jewish Dominican life and meet its contemporary leaders.

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Dominican Republic is a service learning program at heart. From our base on the northern coast we take part in service projects designed to shed light on different aspects of local life – play soccer with Haitian migrants, volunteer for the local Jewish community, practice sustainable farming in the jungle and organize educational programs for disadvantaged youth.

Cross-Cultural Connections

Stand UP Dominican Republic is a wonderful opportunity to explore Dominican culture – its people, art, food, traditions and sports (baseball!). As a Jewish experience, we learn about the Jewish communities in Santo Domingo and Sosua, a remote village with a special Jewish story.

A Unique Teen Travel Experience

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country in the heart of the Caribbean, and we make time for plenty of adventure and fun! Get ready to swim in water-filled caves, learn Dominican-style cooking, go horseback riding in the back-country, stand-up paddle in the ocean, enjoy a bonfire dinner and spend plenty of time enjoying local beach life!

Why the Dominican Republic?

Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti (there is only one other island in the world that is shared between two countries). Approximately 10 million people live in the Dominican Republic and nearly 3,000 Jews call the Dominican Republic home. While it may be small, the Jewish community had and continues to have a large impact on the island to this very day.

The Dominican Republic was one of the only countries willing to accept mass Jewish immigration during World War II. At the Evian conference it offered to accept up to 100,000 Jews, however only about 700 European Jews ended up settling in Sosúa. They worked the land and became for the most part cattle and dairy farmers. They were given communal plots of land that were run just like the kibbutzim of Israel.

Today the majority of Jews live in Santo Domingo, which houses two synagogues and a Sephardic Jewish Education Center. There is also a small Jewish population in Sousa which has a synagogue as well.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Learn about Dominican culture and society.
Volunteer with local youth, Haitian migrants and for the Jewish community.
Get to know the local Jewish community is Sosusa and Santo Domingo.
Learn about effort to introduce sustainable farming and improved public health.
Explore caves, beaches, rivers, and jungles!
Zip-lining in the mountains and playing the monkeys in the Monkey Jungle.
Learn local dancing and cooking techniques.
Soak up the sun on a Dominican Beach!

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

PART #1 | Service and Culture

The service component will be dedicated to working primarily with the DREAM project, a USA nonprofit focusing on early childhood education and community enrichment. Teens will work together to facilitate a mini camp for local youth. The group will also learn and immerse themselves in Sosua Jewish life in the Dominican Republic. They’ll learn about their background, religion and culture while helping them build economic opportunities for their community.

PART #2 | Adventure

Participants will tour El Sendero del Cacao, Zip-line through Monkey Jungle, hike Mirador Park, relax at gorgeous beaches, and paddle board their way through this beautiful country. They’ll also learn about sustainable farming, cooking, culture, and dancing.

Our Partner

Stand UP Dominican Republic is a BBYO program organized in partnership with the DREAM Project, a USA nonprofit focusing on early childhood education and community enrichment.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for the Dominican Republic

  • Flight to the Dominican Republic
  • Check-in to hotel accommodations & welcome activities

DAY #2 | Monday | DREAM Introduction

  • DREAM Center tour/introductions
  • Ice-breakers and scavenger hunt with local youth
  • Mini camp orientation and prep at Local DREAM Community School

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Community Engagement

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Enjoy standup paddle-boarding
  • Learn about Dominican/Haitian relations
  • Tour of Batey Caraballo community
  • Activities with Haitian migrants and youth

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Learning

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Sosua Jewish Museum tour
  • Q&A session with Edith, “The Sosua Jews”
  • River boat cruise
  • Bonfire and Bachata show

DAY #6 | Friday | Art

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Travel to Luis Hess School for art classes with students
  • Enjoy Shabbat with the Jewish community of Sosua

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Enjoy a restful Shabbat

DAY #8 | Sunday | Beach Day

  • Tour Laguna Gri Gri
  • Fun in the sun at Playa Grande

DAY #9 | Monday | Service

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Tour and service project at Sosua Jewish Cemetery
  • Hike in El Choco National Park
  • Discuss Baseball in the Dominican Republic with Pedro, a local Baseball coach

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Adventure

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Sustainable farm tour in Los Brazos
  • Tube down the river of Rio de Yasica

DAY #11 | Wednesday | End of BBYO Mini Camp

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Farewell party for BBYO mini camp

DAY #12 | Thursday | Travel to Santo Domingo

  • Drive to Santo Domingo
  • Check-in to accommodations
  • Explore Zona Colonial

DAY #13 | Friday | Shabbat Shalom

  • Experience Shabbat service with the local community in Santo Domingo

DAY #14 | Saturday | Rest

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Enjoy a restful Shabbat

DAY #15 | Sunday | Day of touring

  • Tour and explore Alcázar de Colón and Fortaleza Ozama
  • Parque Colon and shopping in El Conde
  • Tour Los Tres Ojos
  • Travel to and tour El Sendero del Cacao (Chocolate)
  • Shopping in Cabarete
  • Explore Mirador Park

DAY #16 | Monday | Monkeys & Goodbyes

  • Experience Teleferico Cable Car
  • Tour Teleferico
  • Mountain top lunch!
  • Zip-line and Monkey Jungle tour
  • Depart from the Dominican Republic

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring. A designated supervised flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is supervised by our staff. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The Dominican Republic is a tropical country but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. June and July fall within the Dominican Republic’s rainy season. This means that rain is common, often ocurring in the late afternoon or evening.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #4 (Montreal) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Trek Alaska + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    30 Days | Current 9th-12th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

  • At a Glance

    16 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~40 Hours
    Location: Dominican Republic

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,950
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private bus
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:


Stand UP for Community Enrichment

Journey to the Dominican Republic where you’ll give of yourself while feeling part of a new community on this 16-day cross-cultural journey. Connect with different aspects of Dominican society through a series of educational service projects in support of local children, migrants from Haiti, and others in need. Along the way, there’s plenty of time to discover the island’s natural richness with adventures in the lush highlands, along the beach and out at sea. You’ll also learn about the unique history of Jewish Dominican life and meet its contemporary leaders.

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Dominican Republic is a service learning program at heart. From our base on the northern coast we take part in service projects designed to shed light on different aspects of local life – play soccer with Haitian migrants, volunteer for the local Jewish community, practice sustainable farming in the jungle and organize educational programs for disadvantaged youth.

Cross-Cultural Connections

Stand UP Dominican Republic is a wonderful opportunity to explore Dominican culture – its people, art, food, traditions and sports (baseball!). As a Jewish experience, we learn about the Jewish communities in Santo Domingo and Sosua, a remote village with a special Jewish story.

A Unique Teen Travel Experience

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country in the heart of the Caribbean, and we make time for plenty of adventure and fun! Get ready to swim in water-filled caves, learn Dominican-style cooking, go horseback riding in the back-country, stand-up paddle in the ocean, enjoy a bonfire dinner and spend plenty of time enjoying local beach life!

Why the Dominican Republic?

Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti (there is only one other island in the world that is shared between two countries). Approximately 10 million people live in the Dominican Republic and nearly 3,000 Jews call the Dominican Republic home. While it may be small, the Jewish community had and continues to have a large impact on the island to this very day.

The Dominican Republic was one of the only countries willing to accept mass Jewish immigration during World War II. At the Evian conference it offered to accept up to 100,000 Jews, however only about 700 European Jews ended up settling in Sosúa. They worked the land and became for the most part cattle and dairy farmers. They were given communal plots of land that were run just like the kibbutzim of Israel.

Today the majority of Jews live in Santo Domingo, which houses two synagogues and a Sephardic Jewish Education Center. There is also a small Jewish population in Sousa which has a synagogue as well.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Learn about Dominican culture and society.
Volunteer with local youth, Haitian migrants and for the Jewish community.
Get to know the local Jewish community is Sosusa and Santo Domingo.
Learn about effort to introduce sustainable farming and improved public health.
Explore caves, beaches, rivers, and jungles!
Zip-lining in the mountains and playing the monkeys in the Monkey Jungle.
Learn local dancing and cooking techniques.
Soak up the sun on a Dominican Beach!

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

PART #1 | Service and Culture

The service component will be dedicated to working primarily with the DREAM project, a USA nonprofit focusing on early childhood education and community enrichment. Teens will work together to facilitate a mini camp for local youth. The group will also learn and immerse themselves in Sosua Jewish life in the Dominican Republic. They’ll learn about their background, religion and culture while helping them build economic opportunities for their community.

PART #2 | Adventure

Participants will tour El Sendero del Cacao, Zip-line through Monkey Jungle, hike Mirador Park, relax at gorgeous beaches, and paddle board their way through this beautiful country. They’ll also learn about sustainable farming, cooking, culture, and dancing.

Our Partner

Stand UP Dominican Republic is a BBYO program organized in partnership with the DREAM Project, a USA nonprofit focusing on early childhood education and community enrichment.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for the Dominican Republic

  • Flight to the Dominican Republic
  • Check-in to hotel accommodations & welcome activities

DAY #2 | Monday | DREAM Introduction

  • DREAM Center tour/introductions
  • Ice-breakers and scavenger hunt with local youth
  • Mini camp orientation and prep at Local DREAM Community School

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Community Engagement

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Enjoy standup paddle-boarding
  • Learn about Dominican/Haitian relations
  • Tour of Batey Caraballo community
  • Activities with Haitian migrants and youth

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Learning

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Sosua Jewish Museum tour
  • Q&A session with Edith, “The Sosua Jews”
  • River boat cruise
  • Bonfire and Bachata show

DAY #6 | Friday | Art

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Travel to Luis Hess School for art classes with students
  • Enjoy Shabbat with the Jewish community of Sosua

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Enjoy a restful Shabbat

DAY #8 | Sunday | Beach Day

  • Tour Laguna Gri Gri
  • Fun in the sun at Playa Grande

DAY #9 | Monday | Service

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Tour and service project at Sosua Jewish Cemetery
  • Hike in El Choco National Park
  • Discuss Baseball in the Dominican Republic with Pedro, a local Baseball coach

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Adventure

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Sustainable farm tour in Los Brazos
  • Tube down the river of Rio de Yasica

DAY #11 | Wednesday | End of BBYO Mini Camp

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Farewell party for BBYO mini camp

DAY #12 | Thursday | Travel to Santo Domingo

  • Drive to Santo Domingo
  • Check-in to accommodations
  • Explore Zona Colonial

DAY #13 | Friday | Shabbat Shalom

  • Experience Shabbat service with the local community in Santo Domingo

DAY #14 | Saturday | Rest

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Enjoy a restful Shabbat

DAY #15 | Sunday | Day of touring

  • Tour and explore Alcázar de Colón and Fortaleza Ozama
  • Parque Colon and shopping in El Conde
  • Tour Los Tres Ojos
  • Travel to and tour El Sendero del Cacao (Chocolate)
  • Shopping in Cabarete
  • Explore Mirador Park

DAY #16 | Monday | Monkeys & Goodbyes

  • Experience Teleferico Cable Car
  • Tour Teleferico
  • Mountain top lunch!
  • Zip-line and Monkey Jungle tour
  • Depart from the Dominican Republic

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring. A designated supervised flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is supervised by our staff. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The Dominican Republic is a tropical country but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. June and July fall within the Dominican Republic’s rainy season. This means that rain is common, often ocurring in the late afternoon or evening.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #4 (Montreal) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Trek Alaska + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    30 Days | Current 9th-12th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Stand UP Dominican Republic

Explore Dominican society and give of yourself on a series of educational service projects while also experiencing the island’s natural richness, cultural traditions and unique Jewish history.

Stand UP Dominican Republic

Explore Dominican society and give of yourself on a series of educational service projects while also experiencing the island’s natural richness, cultural traditions and unique Jewish history.

  • At a Glance

    16 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~40 Hours

    Location: Dominican Republic

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,950
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private bus
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:


Stand UP for Community Enrichment

Journey to the Dominican Republic where you’ll give of yourself while feeling part of a new community on this 16-day cross-cultural journey. Connect with different aspects of Dominican society through a series of educational service projects in support of local children, migrants from Haiti, and others in need. Along the way, there’s plenty of time to discover the island’s natural richness with adventures in the lush highlands, along the beach and out at sea. You’ll also learn about the unique history of Jewish Dominican life and meet its contemporary leaders.

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Dominican Republic is a service learning program at heart. From our base on the northern coast we take part in service projects designed to shed light on different aspects of local life – play soccer with Haitian migrants, volunteer for the local Jewish community, practice sustainable farming in the jungle and organize educational programs for disadvantaged youth.

Cross-Cultural Connections

Stand UP Dominican Republic is a wonderful opportunity to explore Dominican culture – its people, art, food, traditions and sports (baseball!). As a Jewish experience, we learn about the Jewish communities in Santo Domingo and Sosua, a remote village with a special Jewish story.

A Unique Teen Travel Experience

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country in the heart of the Caribbean, and we make time for plenty of adventure and fun! Get ready to swim in water-filled caves, learn Dominican-style cooking, go horseback riding in the back-country, stand-up paddle in the ocean, enjoy a bonfire dinner and spend plenty of time enjoying local beach life!

Why the Dominican Republic?

Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti (there is only one other island in the world that is shared between two countries). Approximately 10 million people live in the Dominican Republic and nearly 3,000 Jews call the Dominican Republic home. While it may be small, the Jewish community had and continues to have a large impact on the island to this very day.

The Dominican Republic was one of the only countries willing to accept mass Jewish immigration during World War II. At the Evian conference it offered to accept up to 100,000 Jews, however only about 700 European Jews ended up settling in Sosúa. They worked the land and became for the most part cattle and dairy farmers. They were given communal plots of land that were run just like the kibbutzim of Israel.

Today the majority of Jews live in Santo Domingo, which houses two synagogues and a Sephardic Jewish Education Center. There is also a small Jewish population in Sousa which has a synagogue as well.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Learn about Dominican culture and society.
Volunteer with local youth, Haitian migrants and for the Jewish community.
Get to know the local Jewish community is Sosusa and Santo Domingo.
Learn about effort to introduce sustainable farming and improved public health.
Explore caves, beaches, rivers, and jungles!
Zip-lining in the mountains and playing the monkeys in the Monkey Jungle.
Learn local dancing and cooking techniques.
Soak up the sun on a Dominican Beach!

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

PART #1 | Service and Culture

The service component will be dedicated to working primarily with the DREAM project, a USA nonprofit focusing on early childhood education and community enrichment. Teens will work together to facilitate a mini camp for local youth. The group will also learn and immerse themselves in Sosua Jewish life in the Dominican Republic. They’ll learn about their background, religion and culture while helping them build economic opportunities for their community.

PART #2 | Adventure

Participants will tour El Sendero del Cacao, Zip-line through Monkey Jungle, hike Mirador Park, relax at gorgeous beaches, and paddle board their way through this beautiful country. They’ll also learn about sustainable farming, cooking, culture, and dancing.

Our Partner

Stand UP Dominican Republic is a BBYO program organized in partnership with the DREAM Project, a USA nonprofit focusing on early childhood education and community enrichment.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for the Dominican Republic

  • Flight to the Dominican Republic
  • Check-in to hotel accommodations & welcome activities

DAY #2 | Monday | DREAM Introduction

  • DREAM Center tour/introductions
  • Ice-breakers and scavenger hunt with local youth
  • Mini camp orientation and prep at Local DREAM Community School

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Community Engagement

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Enjoy standup paddle-boarding
  • Learn about Dominican/Haitian relations
  • Tour of Batey Caraballo community
  • Activities with Haitian migrants and youth

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Learning

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Sosua Jewish Museum tour
  • Q&A session with Edith, “The Sosua Jews”
  • River boat cruise
  • Bonfire and Bachata show

DAY #6 | Friday | Art

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Travel to Luis Hess School for art classes with students
  • Enjoy Shabbat with the Jewish community of Sosua

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Enjoy a restful Shabbat

DAY #8 | Sunday | Beach Day

  • Tour Laguna Gri Gri
  • Fun in the sun at Playa Grande

DAY #9 | Monday | Service

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Tour and service project at Sosua Jewish Cemetery
  • Hike in El Choco National Park
  • Discuss Baseball in the Dominican Republic with Pedro, a local Baseball coach

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Adventure

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Sustainable farm tour in Los Brazos
  • Tube down the river of Rio de Yasica

DAY #11 | Wednesday | End of BBYO Mini Camp

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Farewell party for BBYO mini camp

DAY #12 | Thursday | Travel to Santo Domingo

  • Drive to Santo Domingo
  • Check-in to accommodations
  • Explore Zona Colonial

DAY #13 | Friday | Shabbat Shalom

  • Experience Shabbat service with the local community in Santo Domingo

DAY #14 | Saturday | Rest

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Enjoy a restful Shabbat

DAY #15 | Sunday | Day of touring

  • Tour and explore Alcázar de Colón and Fortaleza Ozama
  • Parque Colon and shopping in El Conde
  • Tour Los Tres Ojos
  • Travel to and tour El Sendero del Cacao (Chocolate)
  • Shopping in Cabarete
  • Explore Mirador Park

DAY #16 | Monday | Monkeys & Goodbyes

  • Experience Teleferico Cable Car
  • Tour Teleferico
  • Mountain top lunch!
  • Zip-line and Monkey Jungle tour
  • Depart from the Dominican Republic

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring. A designated supervised flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is supervised by our staff. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The Dominican Republic is a tropical country but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. June and July fall within the Dominican Republic’s rainy season. This means that rain is common, often ocurring in the late afternoon or evening.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #4 (Montreal) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Trek Alaska + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    30 Days | Current 9th-12th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

  • At a Glance

    16 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~40 Hours
    Location: Dominican Republic

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,950
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private bus
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
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Stand UP for Community Enrichment

Journey to the Dominican Republic where you’ll give of yourself while feeling part of a new community on this 16-day cross-cultural journey. Connect with different aspects of Dominican society through a series of educational service projects in support of local children, migrants from Haiti, and others in need. Along the way, there’s plenty of time to discover the island’s natural richness with adventures in the lush highlands, along the beach and out at sea. You’ll also learn about the unique history of Jewish Dominican life and meet its contemporary leaders.

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Dominican Republic is a service learning program at heart. From our base on the northern coast we take part in service projects designed to shed light on different aspects of local life – play soccer with Haitian migrants, volunteer for the local Jewish community, practice sustainable farming in the jungle and organize educational programs for disadvantaged youth.

Cross-Cultural Connections

Stand UP Dominican Republic is a wonderful opportunity to explore Dominican culture – its people, art, food, traditions and sports (baseball!). As a Jewish experience, we learn about the Jewish communities in Santo Domingo and Sosua, a remote village with a special Jewish story.

A Unique Teen Travel Experience

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country in the heart of the Caribbean, and we make time for plenty of adventure and fun! Get ready to swim in water-filled caves, learn Dominican-style cooking, go horseback riding in the back-country, stand-up paddle in the ocean, enjoy a bonfire dinner and spend plenty of time enjoying local beach life!

Why the Dominican Republic?

Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti (there is only one other island in the world that is shared between two countries). Approximately 10 million people live in the Dominican Republic and nearly 3,000 Jews call the Dominican Republic home. While it may be small, the Jewish community had and continues to have a large impact on the island to this very day.

The Dominican Republic was one of the only countries willing to accept mass Jewish immigration during World War II. At the Evian conference it offered to accept up to 100,000 Jews, however only about 700 European Jews ended up settling in Sosúa. They worked the land and became for the most part cattle and dairy farmers. They were given communal plots of land that were run just like the kibbutzim of Israel.

Today the majority of Jews live in Santo Domingo, which houses two synagogues and a Sephardic Jewish Education Center. There is also a small Jewish population in Sousa which has a synagogue as well.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Learn about Dominican culture and society.
Volunteer with local youth, Haitian migrants and for the Jewish community.
Get to know the local Jewish community is Sosusa and Santo Domingo.
Learn about effort to introduce sustainable farming and improved public health.
Explore caves, beaches, rivers, and jungles!
Zip-lining in the mountains and playing the monkeys in the Monkey Jungle.
Learn local dancing and cooking techniques.
Soak up the sun on a Dominican Beach!

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

PART #1 | Service and Culture

The service component will be dedicated to working primarily with the DREAM project, a USA nonprofit focusing on early childhood education and community enrichment. Teens will work together to facilitate a mini camp for local youth. The group will also learn and immerse themselves in Sosua Jewish life in the Dominican Republic. They’ll learn about their background, religion and culture while helping them build economic opportunities for their community.

PART #2 | Adventure

Participants will tour El Sendero del Cacao, Zip-line through Monkey Jungle, hike Mirador Park, relax at gorgeous beaches, and paddle board their way through this beautiful country. They’ll also learn about sustainable farming, cooking, culture, and dancing.

Our Partner

Stand UP Dominican Republic is a BBYO program organized in partnership with the DREAM Project, a USA nonprofit focusing on early childhood education and community enrichment.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for the Dominican Republic

  • Flight to the Dominican Republic
  • Check-in to hotel accommodations & welcome activities

DAY #2 | Monday | DREAM Introduction

  • DREAM Center tour/introductions
  • Ice-breakers and scavenger hunt with local youth
  • Mini camp orientation and prep at Local DREAM Community School

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Community Engagement

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Enjoy standup paddle-boarding
  • Learn about Dominican/Haitian relations
  • Tour of Batey Caraballo community
  • Activities with Haitian migrants and youth

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Learning

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Sosua Jewish Museum tour
  • Q&A session with Edith, “The Sosua Jews”
  • River boat cruise
  • Bonfire and Bachata show

DAY #6 | Friday | Art

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Travel to Luis Hess School for art classes with students
  • Enjoy Shabbat with the Jewish community of Sosua

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Enjoy a restful Shabbat

DAY #8 | Sunday | Beach Day

  • Tour Laguna Gri Gri
  • Fun in the sun at Playa Grande

DAY #9 | Monday | Service

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Tour and service project at Sosua Jewish Cemetery
  • Hike in El Choco National Park
  • Discuss Baseball in the Dominican Republic with Pedro, a local Baseball coach

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Adventure

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Sustainable farm tour in Los Brazos
  • Tube down the river of Rio de Yasica

DAY #11 | Wednesday | End of BBYO Mini Camp

  • Facilitate BBYO mini camp
  • Farewell party for BBYO mini camp

DAY #12 | Thursday | Travel to Santo Domingo

  • Drive to Santo Domingo
  • Check-in to accommodations
  • Explore Zona Colonial

DAY #13 | Friday | Shabbat Shalom

  • Experience Shabbat service with the local community in Santo Domingo

DAY #14 | Saturday | Rest

  • Shabbat morning services
  • Enjoy a restful Shabbat

DAY #15 | Sunday | Day of touring

  • Tour and explore Alcázar de Colón and Fortaleza Ozama
  • Parque Colon and shopping in El Conde
  • Tour Los Tres Ojos
  • Travel to and tour El Sendero del Cacao (Chocolate)
  • Shopping in Cabarete
  • Explore Mirador Park

DAY #16 | Monday | Monkeys & Goodbyes

  • Experience Teleferico Cable Car
  • Tour Teleferico
  • Mountain top lunch!
  • Zip-line and Monkey Jungle tour
  • Depart from the Dominican Republic

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring. A designated supervised flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is supervised by our staff. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The Dominican Republic is a tropical country but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. June and July fall within the Dominican Republic’s rainy season. This means that rain is common, often ocurring in the late afternoon or evening.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #4 (Montreal) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Trek Alaska + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    30 Days | Current 9th-12th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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