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ACIS - Dominican Republic Reef Check - Educational tour to Dominican Republic

Venture into marine preservation and explore the local coral reefs as part of a data collection project.

DAY 1: Santo Domingo

Depart from the USA and arrive in the Dominican Republic. Check into your hotel in the picturesque Colonial Zone, meet your tour manager and begin to explore your new surroundings with a walking tour through the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Cultural Site. Visit the First Cathedral, Alcázar de Colón, Chapel of Remedies, the ruins of the Franciscan Monastery and other historic sites.

DAY 2: Las Galeras

This morning journey north from Santo Domingo to the village of Las Galeras. Growing in popularity but still maintaining a quiet local feel, this Samaná Peninsula fishing town's picturesque surroundings and horseshoe-shaped white sand beach provide the perfect setting for your stay.

DAY 3: Las Galeras

Today meet the staff at the Reef Check Foundation to begin your coral reef data collection service project. Founded in 1996 by marine biologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson, Reef Check Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical coral reefs. Your venture into marine preservation begins on land with Healthy Reef Protocol coursework, combining classroom study and field work accomplished through snorkeling exploration of the coral reefs. You'll enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore on the beach.

DAY 4: Las Galeras

Continue with Healthy Reef Protocol coursework, combining classroom study and field work accomplished through snorkeling exploration of the coral reefs. During free time in the afternoon, perhaps discover the beauty and diversity of the local flora and fauna.

DAY 5: Las Galeras

Today is your final day of Healthy Reef Protocol coursework, combining classroom study and field work. You will enjoy free time in the afternoon to prepare for the second phase of your volunteer work.

DAY 6: Las Galeras

This morning gear up for the water and begin your coral reef data collection. The information gathered will be studied to assess the current state of the reefs and to help ensure their continued health. This afternoon's excursion will let you experience more of your tropical surroundings.

DAY 7: Las Galeras

Continue your volunteer work today with both morning and afternoon sessions of coral reef data collection.

DAY 8: Las Galeras

Today is your final full day dedicated to the service project. Finish your volunteer work with two sessions of coral reef data collection. Then reflect on your experience as you enjoy a final free afternoon to relax on the beach.

DAY 9: Santo Domingo

Following breakfast, travel back to Santo Domingo and check into your hotel in the historic Colonial Zone before tonight's farewell dinner.

DAY 10: Departure

Depart for the USA.

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  • Enjoy three healthy, hearty and authentic meals included each day
 
  • Stay cool and hydrated with free water bottles on your bus daily
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  • Assist with protecting marine life during a multi-day coral reef data collection service project
 
  • Snorkeling exploration of the coral reefs
 
  • Explore the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Students will learn about the historic role of Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone as the seat of the Spanish Crown's power in the Western hemisphere at the turn of the 15th century, as well as the impact on indigenous and African populations resulting from Europe's push west.
  • Students will become aware of the fragile state of coral reefs and the conservation initiatives to protect this important ecosystem.
  • Students will become familiar with some of the 36 species of birds and 862 species of plants native to the Dominican Republic.
 

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