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The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. The country has a population of 10.8 million and is a diverse Caribbean country. The Dominican Republic is known for its beaches, resorts, and golfing. Its terrain is comprised of rainforest, savannah, and highlands. Famous landmarks include Pico Duarte, the Caribbean's tallest mountain and the Gothic Catedral Primada dating back 5 centuries. 








Over 40% of the Dominican Republic lives below the poverty line, creating difficulty for families to access educational and healthcare services. 

In terms of medical services, the Dominican Republic is not far behind other developed countries. However, it can be expensive to access healthcare services and clinics are not always accessible. For people who live in rural areas, it can be expensive to travel and receive healthcare services. 

Although the Dominican Republic is known to have higher levels of participation in education systems than some of its neighboring Latin American countries, only  75% of students complete up to 4th grade, and only 52% complete a full 8 years of elementary school. Studies have found that most students who complete high school in the DR enter university at a sixth-grade reading level. 


This last summer, HEFY Builders expanded a school in Santiago that was at full capacity. The expansion allowed more than 150 more children in the community to attend school, because the expansion allowed children waiting for a more accessible education to have access. In years previous, school faculty and staff had opened up their offices and held classes in any accessible space to allow more children to enroll. With this expansion, faculty and staff are better able to provide services in a safe school environment. 


Your adventure in the Dominican will begin as you take to the impressive Dominican coastline on a stunning catamaran tour. Then you will venture to nearby islands and snorkel, kayak, play on the beach, and enjoy a spectacular island style barbecue. Your journey in the DR will be unforgettable as you step back in time to see some of the first sights that Christopher Columbus and his crew saw when they journeyed across to the new world.




Before returning home, you will travel from Santiago to Santo Domingo to serve in the temple. That temple was the first constructed on the island of Hispaniola, with a second currently under construction in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 











The capital city, Santo Domingo, was founded in 1496. It is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

The DR has a tropical climate that nourishes 1000 miles of beautiful beaches with pristine white sand. The Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south surround the island with warm blue waters.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is still young in the Dominican Republic, with the first missionaries arriving in 1978. Since that time, the Church has grown significantly, and in 2000 the first temple in the Caribbean was dedicated in Santo Domingo. About 180 Church meetinghouses now dot the island country.

The first chartered university, hospital, cathedral, and monastery in the Americas were all built in the Dominican Republic. 


*Note: All info subject to final adjustment. 


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