Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

March 19th- March 27th, 2016 

Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi works to better the quality of life of the people with whom they work, using suitable resources, in an authentic environment of continuous learning.

They focus on the following areas:

  • Quality of life
    Indicators for "quality of life" are:  education, housing, health, family life, gainful employment, human rights, security, recreation, the environment, civic and political involvement and spirituality.  
  • Of the people with whom we work 
    They won't be able to have an impact on everyone, nor attract or benefit each person in the community. However, each person that comes to know about them and who participates in their activities becomes an integral part of their mission.
  • Using suitable resources
    There's neither a magic formula that can be employed in every situation, nor a recipe that fits against all evils.  For that reason they will look for the best available resources that fit specific needs, to the best of ability and within the range of our possibilities.
  • In an authentic environment
    We carry out our mission without false pretenses or empty promises, trusting the good faith, honesty and integrity of our board members, partners, sponsors, participants and beneficiaries.
  • Of continuous learning
    We seek to regenerate ourselves continuously, seeking out the best methods, processes and alternatives, adapting our functions to changing conditions and contexts.  

 What to Expect:

  • Cost: Each ABE trip costs $425.  International trips have the added cost of flights. In the past flights to the Dominican Republic have cost $882.50 (2014) and $635.80 (2015). International ABE trips have the additional expense of $25 for an ISIC card. We require International Student ID Cards (ISIC) to all CSB/SJU students, faculty and staff traveling internationally on short-term programs. The Basic ISIC card ($25) is required to bridge the gap for emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance. All participants traveling internationally must have a valid passport. Your passport should be valid (not expire) for a minimum of six months after your return. You would have an additional expense if you need to purchase or renew your passport. International destinations may also charge for a tourist card or visa. You are responsible for the cost of any required tourist documents. Participants that are flying to their trip destination are responsible for their own transportation to and from the MSP airport, the cost of any bags they choose to check and any food they choose to purchase (meals are provided for the group once they arrive at their destination). Souvenirs and optional excursions are individual expenses.
  • Travel: The group will fly from Minneapolis to the Dominican Republic.  A bus will pick the group up from the airport and bring them to Las Terrenas.
  • Lodging: The group will either stay at Casa Paz, the volunteer house (La Villa Anderson), or an alternate guest house.
  • Food: Meals are provided by the guest house and include some traditional local dishes.
  • Work: Groups will be involved in various service opportunities in the community of Las Terrenas.  Depending on the needs of the community during the group's stay and the needs of Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi, work could include: tutoring children between 6-15 years, classroom and library organization, small building and restoration projects, building basketball hoops for the community, leading sports activities,  or teaching environmental education in the community.  Participants will learn about sustainability, education, and issues the community of Las Terrenas faces daily.  Be prepared for the physical nature of the work on this trip.
  • Dress: It is best to wear light cotton clothes.  Typicaly attire is gym shorts (appropriate length), t-shirts, and tennis shoes.  Bring clothes you wouldn't mind getting dirty as you may be painting or doing small building projects.  
  • Extra Fun: There are beaches within walking distance and the water is always good for swimming.  They have some of the best beaches in the Caribbean!  Make sure to bring a lot of sunscreen and to drink a lot of bottled water.  In recent years, groups have had the opportunity to hike into the mountains of the Dominican Republic including spectacular views and waterfalls, to go horseback riding and to learn Bachata dancing.
  • Focus: Social Justice, Intentional Living, children, and poverty.

Interested in applying to co-lead or participate on the Dominican Republic trip?  Apply here to co-lead, here to participate and here to advise! 

Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!

Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at