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DREAM USY: An Adventure in the Dominican Republic

Overview

Explore the beauty, experience the culture, and taste the flavors of the Dominican Republic this summer with USY! DREAM USY: An Adventure in the Dominican Republic, is our new summer program in partnership with the DREAM Project, a United States-based nonprofit focusing on early childhood education and community enrichment. On this two-week tropical adventure, a select group of passionate teens, grades 9-12, will travel to the Caribbean to give back to the local community, take part in Dominican culture & traditions, discover the area’s unique Jewish history, and have fun in the sun! All participants will earn approximately 25 hours of community service work.

 

To get an idea of a typical day on DREAM USY, check out daily group updates from this past summer.

Highlights Include

Horseback riding. Service projects in the local community. Cooking & dance lessons. Relaxing on beautiful beaches. Jungle hikes. The Sosua Jewish Museum. PLUS practice your Spanish skills!

Sample Itinerary

TRIP DAYLOCATION ACTIVITIES
Day 1New YorkDepart to the Dominican Republic from New York
Day 2Veragua & CabareteMeet with local youth; Participate in an ESL (English as Second Language) program
Day 3Puerto Plata Visit the Veragua Horse Farm; Take the La Boca Jungle Tour
Day 4Sosúa & Cabarete, Puerto Plata Visit the Sosua Jewish Museum; Take part in service projects
Day 5Cabarete, Puerto Plata & Los BrazosVisit the DREAM Project center to work on service projects; Continue participation in ESL program; Hike in Los Brazos
Day 6Cabarete, Puerto Plata Continue work on service projects at Dream Project center; Continue participation in ESL program; Prepare for Shabbat
Day 7Cabarete, Puerto Plata Celebrate Shabbat
Day 8Rio San JuanTake tour of Lagua Gri Gri; Participate in local cooking class
Day 9Santo Domingo & Cabarete, Puerto Plata Tour Jewish Cemetery; Ride Teleferico Puerto Plata Cable Car; Take Bachata Dance Lessons
Day 10Cabarete, Puerto Plata Continue work on service projects at Dream Project center; Continue participation in ESL program
Day 11Cabarete, Puerto Plata Continue work on service projects at Dream Project center;
Continue participation in ESL program; Celebrate end of trip with group party
Day 12Dominican Republic/ New YorkReturn home through New York
  • July 23-August 3, 2017
  • $ 2,999
    • 12 DAYS
    • Grades 10-12*
    • *Current grade as of 2016-2017 school year

    *Cost includes round-trip airfare, all meals, accommodations, and activities.
    **No discounts apply. All flights depart New York JFK.

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