El país del merengue, la bachata y una mezcla única de la población europea, africana e indígena, los dominicanos se sienten orgullosos de su diversa herencia. Conocidos por su buen sentido del humor, los dominicanos se sentirían feliz de compartir contigo todas las cosas que ellos consideran muy dominicano. Te sentirás muy bien recibido en este país isleño con la montaña más alta del Caribe, los más profundos valles, selvas, desiertos, pantanos y playas de arena blanca.

Los jóvenes dominicanos disfrutan de pasar tiempo con sus amigos, serás invitado a diversas actividades donde realizarás amigos. En los deportes, los principales son el béisbol y el baloncesto, por otra parte también es popular tocar guitarra, bailar, o tomar clases de artes. En las noches los jóvenes suelen ir al cine u organizar fiestas en sus casas.

 

Host Family & Community

You can be placed anywhere in the Dominican Republic, from small communities to urban centers. Dominicans are often easy going and enjoy helping each other. However, families tend to be very conservative, so consult with your host parents before making decisions or going out with friends. 

School

You will be attending a public or private school, which might provide a scholarship to help pay for your tuition. School runs from August through June, Monday through Friday (8 am to 4 pm). Dominican students wear uniforms to school and each school has a unique uniform. Schools offer extracurricular activities, such as are sports, music, dance and theatre.

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Language

The main language spoken in the Dominican Republic is Spanish. Having a basic knowledge of English or Spanish will be an asset, and you can take language lessons if needed.

Food

You should taste the traditional Dominican breakfast or dinner dish called Mangú, a savory puree made of mashed plantains, yucca or auyama, and traditionally served with fried red onions, fried white cheese, eggs or salami. For lunch, the Dominicans often eatla Bandera Dominicana (the Dominican Flag) which consists of white rice, bean stew (black, red or white) and meat.

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Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to you home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.

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