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  • What is the "Take A Trip Change a Life" program by Caritas Smile?
    Take A Trip Change a Life" is a transformative voluntourism program in the Dominican Republic that combines travel, cultural immersion, and volunteering to make a positive impact on local communities.
  • Are there age restrictions for participants?
    The program is open to participants of 18+. There are programs designed for families, students, and adult volunteers. Email us at
  • What's included in the program fee, and why is there a fee?
    The program fee covers accommodation, meals, in-country transportation, project materials, local support, and pre-departure guidance. The fee helps sustain the projects and ensures they have a lasting impact.
  • How does my participation benefit the local communities in the Dominican Republic?
    Your involvement directly contributes to community development, educational support, healthcare access, enviormental, cultural understanding and other sustainable projects, improving the lives of those in need.
  • What types of volunteer projects are available in this program?
    The program offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including educational support, healthcare initiatives, community development projects, cultural, and enviornmental and sustainable projects more. Projects vary based on community needs.
  • Where in the Domincan Republic does Caritas Smile focus?
    We travel to Santiago Rogriguez to a village called Moncion. Monción is a picturesque town nestled within the lush, mountainous landscape of the Dominican Republic. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty and vibrant culture, Monción offers a unique and enchanting experience for travelers seeking an authentic taste of Caribbean life. Situated in the province of Santiago Rodríguez, Monción is embraced by the Cibao mountain range, a region celebrated for its pristine rivers, cascading waterfalls, and verdant forests. This stunning backdrop sets the stage for a wide range of outdoor adventures, from hiking through lush jungles to exploring crystal-clear pools beneath cascading waterfalls. But Monción is more than just a haven for nature enthusiasts. The town's warm and welcoming community invites visitors to immerse themselves in the local way of life. Enjoy a cup of rich, Dominican coffee in a charming café, savor traditional Dominican cuisine, and experience the vibrant rhythms of merengue music during local festivals and celebrations. Monción is a destination where time slows down, allowing travelers to appreciate the simplicity of life in a tropical paradise. Whether you seek adventure, cultural immersion, or a tranquil escape from the daily grind, Monción promises a journey of serenity and discovery. This hidden gem in the heart of the Dominican Republic beckons you to explore its natural wonders and embrace the warmth of its people.
  • What about the trip is so unforgettable?
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  • Can volunteers attend more than one trip?
  • Can I choose the duration of my trip?
    Our transformative service programs are one week to eight days in duration.
  • Is prior volunteer experience required?
    No prior experience is necessary. The program is open to individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels. Training and guidance are provided on-site.
  • Can I travel with a group or as an individual?
    Both options are available. You can join a group of like-minded volunteers or participate as an individual, making new friends and connections during your journey.
  • Where does the phrase "Caritas Smile" come from?"
  • How can I get started with the "Take A Trip Change a Life" program?
    To begin your journey of transformation and community impact, simply reach out to Caritas Smile, and they will guide you through the application process, project selection, and trip preparation. There is a brief 15 minute interview to help qualify you to attend. Remember that participating in the "Take A Trip Change a Life" program is not just an opportunity to give back, but also a chance to learn, grow, and experience the rich culture of the Dominican Republic while making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
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