Caritas Smile Tours and Trips
Volunteer in the Dominican Republic
Caritas Smile organizes and runs 1-week volunteer trips to the Dominican Republic throughout the year.
Our service trips are not your usual “go and paint a house” projects.
Along with forming deep connections with the community we visit, the trip program includes breathtaking hikes, peaceful meditations and morning yoga practices.
You’ll invited into local homes, play and talk with children, and surprise an in-need family with a transformative project.
Who Joins Our Trips
We work with university departments, student groups and faculty to combine instruction with meaningful community service experiences.
- Opportunities for students to make valuable contributions to communities through active participation in organized service experiences.
- Structured time for students to think, talk, or write about their experiences.
- Opportunities for students to use newly acquired academic skills and knowledge in real life communities
The modern world can feel so overwhelming, fast-paced and disconnected. Our trips give graduates and young professionals the space to find clarity and connection.
- Plenty of meaningful work offline and in the physical world.
- Guided meditation and yoga practices to help build healthy mental habits.
- Dedicated journaling and group bonding time.
- Find connection and clarity for the next steps in your life.
Why Travel with Caritas Smile
- Customized Service-learning for students: Students relate community-based service experience to course objectives using structured reflection and learning activities.
- Meaningful Community Interaction: Every interaction has the potential to teach you something new about yourself, the destination, or the community.
Mindfullness and Wellness
- Meditation and Yoga: We incorporate meditation and yoga into our trips to teach participants how to look after themselves while helping others.
- Reflection Time: When you travel it gives you the chance to evaluate your accomplishments and rethink your goals. We facilitate this with self-journaling time and group talks.
- Unstructured time: We make time for fun unexpected moments (like an impromptu dance session!)
“We built the foundation of a house from piles of dirt, played with children, surprised people with gifts, explored Moncion, meditated, [practiced] yoga, learned to dance Bachata, swam in a river, ate mangoes fresh from the tree, went on a boat tour in Rio San Juan, went to the beach and relaxed in a hotel for one night”