Almost 25% of The Dominican Republic lives on less than $1.25 a day and over 15% percent of the country lives in extreme poverty. Most of the poverty in the country is concentrated in the rural areas. The rural poverty rate is about three times as high as the urban poverty rate.
All you need to know about volunteering in The Dominican Republic
Though the economy in the Dominican Republic has been growing since 1996, economic inequality remains a major problem. The government does only provide 4 percent of GDP spending on education, resulting in just about 40 percent of children finishing primary school.
In a system where education is the road to the middle class, creating economic barriers to education perpetuates a system of institutional inequality.
When volunteering in the Dominican Republic, you will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community. A number of outreach initiatives take volunteers to outlying communities where they can help locals in all sorts of ways. This results in community initiatives, school-based programming, dedicated time in the hospital and clinics run by the Ministry of Health, field work with local doctors and nurses, as well as specialized programs.
Here you can find some of the best and most popular volunteering projects and organizations in the Dominican Republic: