Dominican Republic Fall 2017


Engage your Spanish skills and encounter Dominican culture firsthand during this active, adventure-filled week in the heart of the Caribbean. Stay in downtown Santo Domingo and visit some of the historic sites like Tres Ojos National Park. Then take a bus across the country to the countryside where beautiful beaches are within walking distance. Experience a day-long horseback riding excursion with a local guide and traditional cuisine. Stay in farm hostel accommodations in the countryside, and experience freedom riding on motorcycle taxis beneath the stars. Relaxation and tropical paradise await! As we transition to the colder months and prepare for the holiday season, set aside some time for yourself to practice speaking conversation with the locals and enjoy relaxing in the natural beauty of the island’s beaches. Frequently on this trip, English will not be an option. Immersion is one of the best ways to learn, practice, and cultivate your Spanish knowledge. Anyone that has been studying Spanish for any length of time and at any level is welcome to attend this trip, even if you have never studied with me. There’s no perfect moment where you unlock Spanish conversational skills- it all starts with a little bit of courage, some basic Spanish knowledge, and an opportunity to put those together. Your Inner Adventurer loooves to venture into the unknown with a small group- to experience unforgettable landscapes, make new friends, enjoy fresh caught seafood, plantains, and an abundance of fresh tropical fruits that are nothing like what you can get at the supermarket in the US. That inner adventurer will love zooming along under the stars on the back of a motorcycle taxi in Las Galeras, riding a horse down a steep hill to access a hidden beach, and drinking fresh coconut water right out of the coconut. Imagine an entire week dedicated to Spanish, adventure, nature, culture, delicious food and drinks. Coming together with other adventurers and connecting through relaxing, sight seeing, and exploring through two different cities in the Dominican Republic. Encouraging one another to speak Spanish together and fill in the gaps of your own Spanish knowledge, forming a solid foundation of practical conversational Spanish. As we prepare to spend the winter indoors in the Northern Hemisphere, let’s take in the sun and fresh tropical air together first. This trip is the first of many small group trips to Spanish speaking countries that I will organize over the coming years. We will have numerous opportunities to observe, question, and pick up local slang, colloquialisms, dialect, and accents. What does it mean to speak Spanish? It means appreciating the beauty of the language, traditions, and culture of those who share their language with us. When you are in tune with the Spanish language, able to initiate conversation with Spanish speakers, listen, interpret, and remember their responses, you unlock the joy and beauty of the language and culture. Here are some of the experiences included in this trip:

  • Three nourishing meals a day from Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast with fresh and flavorful local cuisine, including ocean side dining- 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Shared accommodations for 6 nights
  • All transportation within the country- bus, taxi, and motorcycle taxi
  • All day excursion to Isla Saona– speed boat, catamaran, unlimited cocktails, crystal clear waters, a relaxing day on the beach
  • All day horseback riding trip to the beach
  • Tres Ojos National Park– three majestic underground lakes
  • Look for shooting stars and view the bright stars from a rooftop
  • Free time to explore the cities, along with suggestions on things to do
  • Drinking water provided (tap water is not potable in DR)
  • Countless opportunities to practice reading, writing and speaking Spanish
  • A fluent Spanish guide (Hannah) nearby if needed

3 Nights in Santo Domingo at Island Life Backpacker’s Hostel:

  • Free wifi
  • Air conditioning at night
  • Locker for your personal items
  • Hammocks
  • Library
  • In Hostel Bar with Reasonable Prices
  • Great downtown location
  • All bedding included
  • 24 hour
  • Shared kitchen
  • Friendly hostel dogs
  • Pool
  • TV room
  • Shared room among our group members only

          3 Nights in Las Galeras (Samaná) at La Hacienda Hostel Ranch

  • Support animal rescue
  • Peaceful lodging
  • Be surrounded by friendly rescued cats, dogs, and horses
  • Shared kitchen
  • All bedding included
  • Eco-friendly accommodations

Participant Responsibilities:

  • Flight to and from Santo Domingo (SDQ Airport)- try to fly in mid-afternoon or earlier on the arrival day, recommend afternoon flight for returning home
  • Valid passport
  • Tourist Card (Approximately $10, can be purchased online in advance)
  • Souvenirs
  • Snacks, if desired
  • Beach chair rentals, if desired
  • Your own towel
  • Details on all participant responsibilities will be sent via email to interested participants

About Your Trip Leader: Hannah Pinkerton helps adults gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to speak Spanish at home, work, or traveling! Hannah teaches Spanish with patience and passion. As a native English speaker, she understands the difficulties faced by English speakers learning Spanish. With personalized Spanish lessons over video chat, Hannah can pinpoint areas of difficulty and tweak lessons to your learning style, background, and goals. She can help form and fine tune your Spanish abilities, regardless of your level of previous Spanish knowledge. Hannah is a Spanish teacher and digital nomad. Visit Hannah at Plus:

  • A private Facebook group for trip participants to connect before and after, to integrate and share insights, and to receive support.
  • A post-trip Follow Up Session with Hannah- 30 minutes to be used within 30 days to discuss Spanish vocabulary and culture from the trip, and to check in on best next steps for you on your Spanish journey.
  • Along with a few other surprises as we go along!

Investment: The investment for the Dominican Republic Trip is $1597 if paid in full, or a $425 deposit and 3 more payments of $425  After July 1, 2017, deposits are non-refundable.

Once payment is received, you will receive an email from Hannah within 24 hours confirming your registration and scheduling future payments if needed. If you have any questions at all, please email or schedule a free 30-minute video chat consultation. If you feel this trip calling to you, I want to make this trip a reality for you. If you have any hesitations, concerns, or anything at all- whether it be travel, money, or something else- please reach out and we can find a way to get you there!

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