Dominican Republic - The Community of San Jose de Ocoa

Immerse yourself in rural, Dominican culture while participating in grassroots community development projects with our partner, ADESJO.

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Your Destination

The rural region of San Jose de Ocoa, located 3 hours from the capital city of Santo Domingo, allows you to be fully immersed in authentic Dominican culture from the moment you arrive until the moment you depart. While the Dominican Republic is well-known for its pristine beaches and resorts, very few have experienced the true country it its rawest form: the 120 breathtaking communities scattered around San Jose de Ocoa. The Ocoa region allows you to truly live like a Dominican, from the bachata, merengue and reggae on every street corner, the authentic Dominican cuisine, and the seemingly untouched natural landscapes, all the way to the kind and welcoming families in the communities – this is the real Dominican Republic that will leave you with a true understanding of Dominican culture, and a view of the country that you need to see to believe.

Your Experience

Experience the real Dominican Republic like you never knew existed. The rural mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls, the music and dancing on every corner, and the true spirit of the Dominican culture. Eat authentic Dominican meals, feast on fresh mangoes, and experience the endless variety of family-owned Calmados.

Experience life like a Dominican while immersing yourself in the culture from the time you arrive until the time you depart. Be inspired by the surrounding communities who show up daily to help with your project, and learn about the endless sustainable development projects in the region. Experience an eco-tour of the region and visit an equitably-operated coffee farm that provides fair and equal employment opportunities to workers.

After finishing your project and embracing the magic of providing adequate housing for a deserving family, enjoy a day at a hidden beach and watch the mountain sunset before departing on your final morning to the famous Calle el Conde market in the Dominican capitol, Santo Domingo, to support local artisans and entrepreneurs.

Your Impact

Simply travelling to the region of San Jose de Ocoa is making a difference. By living and working directly in the communities, you are providing economic development and employment to local farmers, cooks, community support staff, local shop owners and family-run businesses, and all of your food, resources and project materials are purchased locally to support local business. Whether you are purchasing sandwiches or popsicles from the travelling merchants, mountain horseback riding with a local farmer, or enjoying a mango and a cold drink from Calmado, your trip is designed to contribute to local development every step of the way. Every time you travel on a CLOUD project, you are employing an in-country Community Ambassador who resides in the community, who will support you and your group 24 hours per day.

While in the community, you will work hand in hand with local contractors to repair and build homes for families who have been identified as the most in need, by the community itself. The San Jose de Ocoa region is prone to extreme weather and flooding, and many of the decrepit houses built from tin and stick are insufficient and do not provide protection, safety and privacy for residents. You will leave a lasting impact on a deserving family by providing them with a safe and reliable place to call home.

A portion of your trip cost supports future projects and initiatives by ADESJO, for a long-lasting impact.

Sample Itinerary

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What is Included?

Trip prices include round trip airfare (in most cases – check individual trip details for confirmation); a dedicated in-country Community Ambassador for 24/7 support; all meals, accommodations, in-country transportation, and cultural activities; basic travel and out-of-province health insurance; and all taxes, fees, and service charges.

Your Next Step

Check out the trips that are open for you to join below and register now, or fill out the inquiry form to speak with a trip planner. You can secure your spot on a trip without paying a deposit for up to 5 days by filling out the trip registration form. Once your registration form has been submitted your spot is tentatively secured, and a trip planner from The NWC will contact you to discuss flights, final pricing and payment details. You can change your mind at any time within 5 days or prior to paying your deposit.

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