DREAM USY

DREAM USY

Explore the beauty, move to the rhythms and taste the flavors of the Dominican Republic on this short service trip

Volunteer in the community – past trips have created volleyball courts, painted murals on fences, cleaned the Jewish Cemetery… but the trip favorite is always working with the children at the local summer camp! Take cooking and dance lessons. Relax on beautiful beaches. Kayak and paddleboard.  Learn about Dominican Jewish history at the Sosua Jewish Museum. Practice valuable Spanish skills.

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DATES:
July 16 - July 26, 2023

COST:
$3699

DURATION:
12 Days

GRADES:
Current 9th-12th Graders

FAQs

The number of participants range from 15-20.

The group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors). In the past, staff on DREAM USY have been year-round USY staff members, and Jewish youth professionals. Information on our staff members will be sent to participants a few weeks prior to departure.

Our group flight will leave out of and return to JFK Airport in New York City. USYers are responsible for arranging travel to and from JFK to their home cities. During the group’s time in the Dominican Republic, they travel by bus with the same bus driver for the entire duration of the program.

Participants on DREAM USY will enjoy local delicacies that include many fruits and vegetables. All meals throughout the week are vegetarian and include fish and beans. Salads, pizza and pasta are also provided. On Shabbat, we are provided with meat meals thanks to the Chabad of Santo Domingo. All of the meals take place in restaurants.

The group stays in the same hotel throughout the entirety of the program. The hotels have air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, a pool, and hot water. All of the hotels we have stayed at in the past have been eco-hotels – hotels that have made improvements to their structure in order to minimize their impact on the environment.

Each summer, USY partners with the DREAM Project while in the Dominican Republic. Our groups work on various projects with local community members including working at a camp teaching children English, leading art projects, and facilitating sports games in local villages. Past projects have included building a swing set, repainting a school, planting a vegetable garden and trees for shade, and building a volleyball court. Participants have also cleaned and repainted tombstones at the Jewish Cemetery in Sosua. There are currently plans in place to have USY help to build a soccer field and an irrigation system to reroute water and avoid flooding, as well as volunteering with the children’s camp. USYers will leave DREAM having completed 40-50 service hours.