Additionally, volunteers receive six free language lessons every week, which focus on developing communication skills to add more value to volunteer placements. By learning in a natural and spontaneous way, volunteers become more confident communicating with locals and colleagues during their placement. The basic syllabus is supplemented by special exercises, such as role-play, situational dialogues and work projects. Outside the classroom the learning process continues as you are immersed in Spanish language and culture.
There are also several activities for you to do during your spare time including whale spotting, hikes into the virgin rainforest nearby and there are also trails which lead to hilltop lookouts or wild rivers deep in the forest. There is also the opportunity for horseriding to discover nearby rivers and waterfalls. There are numerous amazing beaches very close by and public transport is very economic. In-country staff can help you with pricing and booking trips with local operators after you arrive in Dominican Republic.
You can also help by donating material which you can bring along during your travels, these items include: white bandages,common medicine, over-the-counter, anti-inflammator(such as Ibuprofen), cotton wool, hypodermic syringes 20 cc, 10 cc, hospital scrubs for surgeons, basic surgical equipment, green operation cloth and dental gloves.