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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Dominican Republic

Immerse yourself in Dominican society and give back through a series of educational service projects. Impact local communities while experiencing the island’s unique Jewish history, natural richness, and cultural traditions.

  • At a Glance

    16 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~20 Hours

    Location: Dominican Republic

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: 3,990
    Early registration rate: $3,791

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • 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.

In partnership with the Dream Project, you’ll serve as a camp counselor to connect with different aspects of Dominican society. 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 contemporary leaders.

Elements of the Experience

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Dominican Republic is a service learning program at heart. At the northern coast you’ll 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 part of the Jewish experience, you’ll 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 you’ll have plenty of time for 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 board in the ocean, enjoy a bonfire dinner, and spend plenty of time enjoying local beach life!

Why the Dominican Republic?

The 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 has and continues to have a large impact on the island to this 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 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 in 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!

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations 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 from departure city on a supervised flight (optional)
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy your first dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Cabarete

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
  • Travel to La Union School
  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation at La Union School
  • Time to relax at accommodations
  • Relax on a river dinner cruise with a bonfire and Bachata dance lessons
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #3 | Tuesday | DREAM Project

  • Spend the morning volunteering at La Union School
  • Group lunch at Comedor La Union
  • Travel to Batey Caraballo to tour the community and learn about Dominican and Haitian relations with local Haitian migrants
  • Group activity with DREAM project staff and local youth
  • Dinner and group dominos tournament at our accommodation
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #4 | Wednesday | First day of Mini-Camp

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Enjoy a group lunch at Fresh Sosua
  • Tour the Sosua Jewish Museum
  • “The Sosua Jews” Q&A session with Edith
  • Enjoy a river dinner cruise at Rugama
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #5 | Thursday | Mini-Camp and Swimming

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch and travel to Los Brazos
  • Relax with a classic Dominican Malta drink and swim time
  • Return to accommodations for dinner, Bachata dance lessons, and free time
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #6 | Friday | Mini-Camp and Softball

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini -camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at El Saman
  • Hear from a former baseball coach and player and group game of softball
  • Travel back to accommodations to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Sosua Synagogue
  • Enjoy your first Shabbat dinner as a group at accommodations
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the Dominican Republic

  • Relax and enjoy a restful Shabbat at accommodations
  • Celebrate your first Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #8 | Sunday | Fun in the Sun

  • Breakfast at accommodations and travel to Rio San Juan
  • Relax at Playa Caleton beach
  • Lunch at Playa Grande
  • Travel to Playa Diamante for afternoon beach activities
  • Return to accommodations for free time
  • Pizza party dinner
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #9 | Monday | Mini-Camp and Touring

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Comedor La Union
  • Luis Hess school tour
  • Touring, service project, and Q&A information session at Sosua Jewish Cemetery
  • Free time at accommodations
  • Enjoy a sunset dinner
  • Overnight: TBA Cabarete

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Mini-Camp and Outdoor Activities

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Gordito’s
  • El Choco hike and cave swimming
  • Return to accommodations to relax and change for dinner
  • River dinner cruise at La Boca with dancing and bonfire under the stars
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Mini-Camp and Touring

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Bergatine
  • Tour Teleferico and Mount Isabel
  • Return to accommodations to relax and enjoy dinner
  • Overnight: TBA Cabarete

DAY #12 | Thursday | Travel to Santo Domingo

  • Breakfast and check-out of accommodations
  • Travel to Cacoa Finica for a tour and chocolate making fun
  • Visit Las Canas beach for swimming and fresh mango tasting
  • Relax and enjoy lunch at Playa Grande
  • Travel to Santo Domingo and check-in to accommodations
  • Walk to dinner at Maison Kreyol in Zona Colonia
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #13 | Friday | Outdoor Activities

  • Tour of Zona Colonial
  • Travel to Tres Ojos natural caves and enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Explore Mirador Park
  • Return to accommodations to change and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services and dinner in Santo Domingo with the local Chabad community
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Santo Domingo

  • Relax and enjoy a restful Shabbat at accommodations
  • Havdalah service as a group to celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #15 | Sunday | Zipline and Monkey Tour

  • Breakfast and check-out of accommodations
  • Travel to Cabarete to enjoy lunch at Gordito’s
  • Zipline and Monkey Jungle Tour
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy your last dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #16 | Monday | Last Minute Shopping and Welcome Home

  • Morning visit to Cabarete for souvenir shopping
  • Head to the airport for departure

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?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds.. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.  In the Dominican Republic, 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.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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.

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 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • *CLTC #2 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Stand UP Dominican Republic + *CLTC #6 (Camp Chi)
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th 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: ~20 Hours
    Location: Dominican Republic

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: 3,990
    Early registration rate: $3,791


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • 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.

In partnership with the Dream Project, you’ll serve as a camp counselor to connect with different aspects of Dominican society. 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 contemporary leaders.

Elements of the Experience

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Dominican Republic is a service learning program at heart. At the northern coast you’ll 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 part of the Jewish experience, you’ll 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 you’ll have plenty of time for 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 board in the ocean, enjoy a bonfire dinner, and spend plenty of time enjoying local beach life!

Why the Dominican Republic?

The 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 has and continues to have a large impact on the island to this 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 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 in 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!

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations 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 from departure city on a supervised flight (optional)
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy your first dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Cabarete

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
  • Travel to La Union School
  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation at La Union School
  • Time to relax at accommodations
  • Relax on a river dinner cruise with a bonfire and Bachata dance lessons
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #3 | Tuesday | DREAM Project

  • Spend the morning volunteering at La Union School
  • Group lunch at Comedor La Union
  • Travel to Batey Caraballo to tour the community and learn about Dominican and Haitian relations with local Haitian migrants
  • Group activity with DREAM project staff and local youth
  • Dinner and group dominos tournament at our accommodation
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #4 | Wednesday | First day of Mini-Camp

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Enjoy a group lunch at Fresh Sosua
  • Tour the Sosua Jewish Museum
  • “The Sosua Jews” Q&A session with Edith
  • Enjoy a river dinner cruise at Rugama
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #5 | Thursday | Mini-Camp and Swimming

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch and travel to Los Brazos
  • Relax with a classic Dominican Malta drink and swim time
  • Return to accommodations for dinner, Bachata dance lessons, and free time
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #6 | Friday | Mini-Camp and Softball

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini -camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at El Saman
  • Hear from a former baseball coach and player and group game of softball
  • Travel back to accommodations to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Sosua Synagogue
  • Enjoy your first Shabbat dinner as a group at accommodations
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the Dominican Republic

  • Relax and enjoy a restful Shabbat at accommodations
  • Celebrate your first Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #8 | Sunday | Fun in the Sun

  • Breakfast at accommodations and travel to Rio San Juan
  • Relax at Playa Caleton beach
  • Lunch at Playa Grande
  • Travel to Playa Diamante for afternoon beach activities
  • Return to accommodations for free time
  • Pizza party dinner
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #9 | Monday | Mini-Camp and Touring

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Comedor La Union
  • Luis Hess school tour
  • Touring, service project, and Q&A information session at Sosua Jewish Cemetery
  • Free time at accommodations
  • Enjoy a sunset dinner
  • Overnight: TBA Cabarete

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Mini-Camp and Outdoor Activities

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Gordito’s
  • El Choco hike and cave swimming
  • Return to accommodations to relax and change for dinner
  • River dinner cruise at La Boca with dancing and bonfire under the stars
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Mini-Camp and Touring

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Bergatine
  • Tour Teleferico and Mount Isabel
  • Return to accommodations to relax and enjoy dinner
  • Overnight: TBA Cabarete

DAY #12 | Thursday | Travel to Santo Domingo

  • Breakfast and check-out of accommodations
  • Travel to Cacoa Finica for a tour and chocolate making fun
  • Visit Las Canas beach for swimming and fresh mango tasting
  • Relax and enjoy lunch at Playa Grande
  • Travel to Santo Domingo and check-in to accommodations
  • Walk to dinner at Maison Kreyol in Zona Colonia
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #13 | Friday | Outdoor Activities

  • Tour of Zona Colonial
  • Travel to Tres Ojos natural caves and enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Explore Mirador Park
  • Return to accommodations to change and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services and dinner in Santo Domingo with the local Chabad community
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Santo Domingo

  • Relax and enjoy a restful Shabbat at accommodations
  • Havdalah service as a group to celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #15 | Sunday | Zipline and Monkey Tour

  • Breakfast and check-out of accommodations
  • Travel to Cabarete to enjoy lunch at Gordito’s
  • Zipline and Monkey Jungle Tour
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy your last dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #16 | Monday | Last Minute Shopping and Welcome Home

  • Morning visit to Cabarete for souvenir shopping
  • Head to the airport for departure

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?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds.. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.  In the Dominican Republic, 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.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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.

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 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • *CLTC #2 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Stand UP Dominican Republic + *CLTC #6 (Camp Chi)
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th 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

Immerse yourself in Dominican society and give back through a series of educational service projects. Impact local communities while experiencing the island’s unique Jewish history, natural richness, and cultural traditions.

Stand UP Dominican Republic

Immerse yourself in Dominican society and give back through a series of educational service projects. Impact local communities while experiencing the island’s unique Jewish history, natural richness, and cultural traditions.

  • At a Glance

    16 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~20 Hours

    Location: Dominican Republic

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: 3,990
    Early registration rate: $3,791

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • 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.

In partnership with the Dream Project, you’ll serve as a camp counselor to connect with different aspects of Dominican society. 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 contemporary leaders.

Elements of the Experience

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Dominican Republic is a service learning program at heart. At the northern coast you’ll 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 part of the Jewish experience, you’ll 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 you’ll have plenty of time for 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 board in the ocean, enjoy a bonfire dinner, and spend plenty of time enjoying local beach life!

Why the Dominican Republic?

The 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 has and continues to have a large impact on the island to this 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 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 in 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!

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations 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 from departure city on a supervised flight (optional)
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy your first dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Cabarete

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
  • Travel to La Union School
  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation at La Union School
  • Time to relax at accommodations
  • Relax on a river dinner cruise with a bonfire and Bachata dance lessons
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #3 | Tuesday | DREAM Project

  • Spend the morning volunteering at La Union School
  • Group lunch at Comedor La Union
  • Travel to Batey Caraballo to tour the community and learn about Dominican and Haitian relations with local Haitian migrants
  • Group activity with DREAM project staff and local youth
  • Dinner and group dominos tournament at our accommodation
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #4 | Wednesday | First day of Mini-Camp

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Enjoy a group lunch at Fresh Sosua
  • Tour the Sosua Jewish Museum
  • “The Sosua Jews” Q&A session with Edith
  • Enjoy a river dinner cruise at Rugama
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #5 | Thursday | Mini-Camp and Swimming

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch and travel to Los Brazos
  • Relax with a classic Dominican Malta drink and swim time
  • Return to accommodations for dinner, Bachata dance lessons, and free time
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #6 | Friday | Mini-Camp and Softball

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini -camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at El Saman
  • Hear from a former baseball coach and player and group game of softball
  • Travel back to accommodations to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Sosua Synagogue
  • Enjoy your first Shabbat dinner as a group at accommodations
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the Dominican Republic

  • Relax and enjoy a restful Shabbat at accommodations
  • Celebrate your first Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #8 | Sunday | Fun in the Sun

  • Breakfast at accommodations and travel to Rio San Juan
  • Relax at Playa Caleton beach
  • Lunch at Playa Grande
  • Travel to Playa Diamante for afternoon beach activities
  • Return to accommodations for free time
  • Pizza party dinner
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #9 | Monday | Mini-Camp and Touring

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Comedor La Union
  • Luis Hess school tour
  • Touring, service project, and Q&A information session at Sosua Jewish Cemetery
  • Free time at accommodations
  • Enjoy a sunset dinner
  • Overnight: TBA Cabarete

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Mini-Camp and Outdoor Activities

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Gordito’s
  • El Choco hike and cave swimming
  • Return to accommodations to relax and change for dinner
  • River dinner cruise at La Boca with dancing and bonfire under the stars
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Mini-Camp and Touring

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Bergatine
  • Tour Teleferico and Mount Isabel
  • Return to accommodations to relax and enjoy dinner
  • Overnight: TBA Cabarete

DAY #12 | Thursday | Travel to Santo Domingo

  • Breakfast and check-out of accommodations
  • Travel to Cacoa Finica for a tour and chocolate making fun
  • Visit Las Canas beach for swimming and fresh mango tasting
  • Relax and enjoy lunch at Playa Grande
  • Travel to Santo Domingo and check-in to accommodations
  • Walk to dinner at Maison Kreyol in Zona Colonia
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #13 | Friday | Outdoor Activities

  • Tour of Zona Colonial
  • Travel to Tres Ojos natural caves and enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Explore Mirador Park
  • Return to accommodations to change and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services and dinner in Santo Domingo with the local Chabad community
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Santo Domingo

  • Relax and enjoy a restful Shabbat at accommodations
  • Havdalah service as a group to celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #15 | Sunday | Zipline and Monkey Tour

  • Breakfast and check-out of accommodations
  • Travel to Cabarete to enjoy lunch at Gordito’s
  • Zipline and Monkey Jungle Tour
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy your last dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #16 | Monday | Last Minute Shopping and Welcome Home

  • Morning visit to Cabarete for souvenir shopping
  • Head to the airport for departure

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?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds.. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.  In the Dominican Republic, 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.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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.

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 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • *CLTC #2 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Stand UP Dominican Republic + *CLTC #6 (Camp Chi)
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th 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: ~20 Hours
    Location: Dominican Republic

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: 3,990
    Early registration rate: $3,791


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (hotels)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • 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.

In partnership with the Dream Project, you’ll serve as a camp counselor to connect with different aspects of Dominican society. 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 contemporary leaders.

Elements of the Experience

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Dominican Republic is a service learning program at heart. At the northern coast you’ll 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 part of the Jewish experience, you’ll 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 you’ll have plenty of time for 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 board in the ocean, enjoy a bonfire dinner, and spend plenty of time enjoying local beach life!

Why the Dominican Republic?

The 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 has and continues to have a large impact on the island to this 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 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 in 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!

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations 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 from departure city on a supervised flight (optional)
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy your first dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Cabarete

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
  • Travel to La Union School
  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation at La Union School
  • Time to relax at accommodations
  • Relax on a river dinner cruise with a bonfire and Bachata dance lessons
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #3 | Tuesday | DREAM Project

  • Spend the morning volunteering at La Union School
  • Group lunch at Comedor La Union
  • Travel to Batey Caraballo to tour the community and learn about Dominican and Haitian relations with local Haitian migrants
  • Group activity with DREAM project staff and local youth
  • Dinner and group dominos tournament at our accommodation
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #4 | Wednesday | First day of Mini-Camp

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Enjoy a group lunch at Fresh Sosua
  • Tour the Sosua Jewish Museum
  • “The Sosua Jews” Q&A session with Edith
  • Enjoy a river dinner cruise at Rugama
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #5 | Thursday | Mini-Camp and Swimming

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch and travel to Los Brazos
  • Relax with a classic Dominican Malta drink and swim time
  • Return to accommodations for dinner, Bachata dance lessons, and free time
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #6 | Friday | Mini-Camp and Softball

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini -camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at El Saman
  • Hear from a former baseball coach and player and group game of softball
  • Travel back to accommodations to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Sosua Synagogue
  • Enjoy your first Shabbat dinner as a group at accommodations
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the Dominican Republic

  • Relax and enjoy a restful Shabbat at accommodations
  • Celebrate your first Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #8 | Sunday | Fun in the Sun

  • Breakfast at accommodations and travel to Rio San Juan
  • Relax at Playa Caleton beach
  • Lunch at Playa Grande
  • Travel to Playa Diamante for afternoon beach activities
  • Return to accommodations for free time
  • Pizza party dinner
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #9 | Monday | Mini-Camp and Touring

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Comedor La Union
  • Luis Hess school tour
  • Touring, service project, and Q&A information session at Sosua Jewish Cemetery
  • Free time at accommodations
  • Enjoy a sunset dinner
  • Overnight: TBA Cabarete

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Mini-Camp and Outdoor Activities

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Gordito’s
  • El Choco hike and cave swimming
  • Return to accommodations to relax and change for dinner
  • River dinner cruise at La Boca with dancing and bonfire under the stars
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Mini-Camp and Touring

  • Mini-camp orientation and preparation with DREAM project staff
  • Mini-camp at La Union School
  • Clean up/organize for lunch at Bergatine
  • Tour Teleferico and Mount Isabel
  • Return to accommodations to relax and enjoy dinner
  • Overnight: TBA Cabarete

DAY #12 | Thursday | Travel to Santo Domingo

  • Breakfast and check-out of accommodations
  • Travel to Cacoa Finica for a tour and chocolate making fun
  • Visit Las Canas beach for swimming and fresh mango tasting
  • Relax and enjoy lunch at Playa Grande
  • Travel to Santo Domingo and check-in to accommodations
  • Walk to dinner at Maison Kreyol in Zona Colonia
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #13 | Friday | Outdoor Activities

  • Tour of Zona Colonial
  • Travel to Tres Ojos natural caves and enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Explore Mirador Park
  • Return to accommodations to change and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services and dinner in Santo Domingo with the local Chabad community
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Santo Domingo

  • Relax and enjoy a restful Shabbat at accommodations
  • Havdalah service as a group to celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBASosua

DAY #15 | Sunday | Zipline and Monkey Tour

  • Breakfast and check-out of accommodations
  • Travel to Cabarete to enjoy lunch at Gordito’s
  • Zipline and Monkey Jungle Tour
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy your last dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBACabarete

DAY #16 | Monday | Last Minute Shopping and Welcome Home

  • Morning visit to Cabarete for souvenir shopping
  • Head to the airport for departure

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?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds.. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.  In the Dominican Republic, 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.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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.

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 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • *CLTC #2 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Dominican Republic
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Stand UP Dominican Republic + *CLTC #6 (Camp Chi)
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th 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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