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Dominican Republic Healthcare Placement

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Dominican Republic Healthcare Placement

Work side-by-side with local medical professionals to gain an insight into healthcare services in the Dominican Republic.

Prices from US$1,895

There is so much more to this dazzling part of the Caribbean than picture perfect beaches fringed with iridescent sandy shores. Enjoy balmy, sun soaked days and warm tropical nights while dancing to merengue music and enjoying Dominican Republic food. Immerse yourself in the community; watch a game of dominoes being played on aluminium tables in the shade of a bar painted sky blue, smell the pungent aroma of locally made cigars and enjoy the honey sweet coffee that the Dominican Republic is famous for.

The township of Samana is extremely peaceful and people enjoy a largely laid back lifestyle. The social and political environment is safe and authorities are very helpful and welcome the presence of foreign volunteers. Despite the resilience and ingenuity of Dominican Republicans, many people still face significant challenges as the population grows and society diversifies. Lack of basic services such as education, infrastructure and healthcare, along with limited job prospects are common difficulties managed by the people of the DR.


  • Gain an insight into healthcare in a developing country context
  • Observe, shadow and assist healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors and paramedics
  • Provide domiciliary support and care to patients
  • Six free Spanish lessons per week


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Dominican Republic
Activities Observe, shadow and assist doctors and nurses
Provide domiciliary care for patients
Observe, shadow and assist medics and paramedics (depending on qualifications and experience)
Provide ambulance support
Encourage and teach prevention, hygiene and checkups
Spend time with specialist doctors when available
Transport Pickup from local bus station
Airport pickup available for an extra cost
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt


In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Dominican Republic faces many challenges when it comes to primary and preventative healthcare for its people. It is common for medical conditions to remain untreated and to progress to an advanced pathological stage uncommon in wealthier countries. This observation and experience program allows you to assist and shadow medics, whilst sharing your skills with healthcare professionals at the hospital.


During this observation and experience program you will be shadowing the doctors and nurses and you will be able to get hands on experience depending on your qualifications and language skills. These activities could include, but are not limited to, providing patient care, providing ambulance support when needed, encouraging and teaching prevention, hygiene and checkups and assisting with domiciliary health services. As with any medical service, volunteers should recognize that their schedules are subject to sudden change and are dictated by patients' needs.


Upon arrival there is a pick up service available from the bus terminal free of charge. Airport pickup can also be arranged for an small extra cost of approximately $50.


Volunteers will be staying in the volunteer guesthouse, which is located in the centre of town and only minutes from the beach front walking promenade where you will find a multitude of restaurants, bars, banks, shops and internet cafes with wifi. The house is located in a scenic, laid back and peaceful town. The guesthouse is a shared living space for short and long term volunteers and is furnished throughout and replete with a fully equipped kitchen. Volunteers work and live together and often build strong bonds, develop lifelong friendships, and have immense fun along the way! Rooms are twin-share, there is 24 hour support from local staff and WiFi is available at the office.


As volunteers cater meals for themselves, they often decide to shop for food and prepare meals together with other volunteers and interns and provides a great opportunity for cultural exchange and bonding between volunteers. There are also numerous restaurants located a short walking distance from the guesthouse.

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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.


4 weeks US$1,895

5 weeks US$2,045

6 weeks US$2,245

7 weeks US$2,395

8 weeks US$2,595

9 weeks US$2,745

10 weeks US$2,895


Weekly, Monday - Friday.

This project is not available during Christmas period from December 25 to January 1. 


4+ weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Pick up from bus station
  • Six free Spanish lessons each week
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation & comprehensive project training
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • International HQ emergency support & back-up


Nearest airport(s): Santo Domingo Las Americas Apt (SDQ), Samana (AZS)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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