Volunteer with us

Assist communities while forging and enjoying a meaningful cultural experience with us in the Dominican Republic

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An impact-driven experience

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We take pride in being experience providers for all of our volunteers. From the moment you land, our staff will take you to the places that are off the grid, teach you about a different way of life and connect you with our social impact programs to help local communities.

Our small but impactful programs/projects have connected thousands of people globally. Programs may include in classroom educational camps, personal protection courses, parenting empowerment, and team sports to name a few. We also have a wide range of hands on projects throughout the years. This has included, home/business renovations, usable water access, immediate food deliverables, eye exams, medical clinics and much more. 

Working in the COVID-19 Era

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COVID has impacted our organization deeply. We are taking all measures to ensure your safety and security while traveling throughout the Dominican Republic.

If you secured a deposit or paid in full for our Create Change 2020 Program, you have automatically received credit, in full, for a future 4North trip or a customized trip pf your choice. If you have any questions, please contact us. Your credit is valid until September 30, 2022.

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4North Stories

We’ve been fortunate enough to provide an outlet for our volunteers to talk about their experiences working with our local communities and friends in the Dominican Republic. Whether it’s teaching classrooms, personal protection, or dance empowerment, unforgettable experiences have been provided for everyone involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Pre-arrival

To apply you simply fill in the application forms online. All applications will be reviewed within 3 business days. If approved, we will move into the booking process.

We have a range of programs from education, medical clinics, non medical eye exams, food distribution and much more. We make recommendations based on your interests and skills and where you can contribute and learn from. For our first time volunteers we always recommend our well supported and popular programs in the Dominican Republic where you can meet many other volunteers. Its best to talk to us if you are unsure of what destination or program to apply for.

The social aspect of any program is always important. We get volunteers on all our programs however some are more popular than others. If you are looking to be with others volunteers its always good to ask us how many will be joining on your start dates. We also have programs that are more independent and where you won’t need fellow volunteers as the project are fairly busy.

We get all age groups from 17 years upwards. Our oldest volunteer has been 68 years old! Age is no bar when it comes to volunteering and we welcome everyone on our programs. On average you can expect volunteers between 21 to 25 years old.

We do not require you to have any specific skills unless you are joining our medical or healthcare programs. We expect that you have an interest in the project that you applying to. For instance if you are applying to teach children we hope that you enjoy being around children! On arrival we give you training and necessary resources that you may need for your program. Our local staff are also around for you to give you support at all times.

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Arrival

We give sufficient information so you feel comfortable and confident to travel to your chosen destination.
 
  • Pre-departure Preparation You will receive your country relevant pre departure guide that covers all the basics on what to bring, culture and project related information. This will also have the contact of your local contact in count
  • On arrival and during the trip You will get an area orientation and program specific training. A health and safety briefing is also included where necessary.
  • Staff Support All our programs will have a local Country Manager who will be your main point of contact amongst others staff members who will be supporting you on the projects at all times. Although you will work independently, we will support for if you are feeling nervous untli you feel comfortable.
All our programs include airport transfers. A 4north Representative and a trusted driver will be waiting for you at the airport.

You will be picked up from the place of your residence and dropped at project site. At the end of the day you will be picked up from the project site and taken back to place of residence at the set timing. Logistics are managed by our ground staff. We also use local transport such as buses or local taxis. In some locations motor scooters are provided.

We make regular donations from the program fees that goes back into a project already. We do not recommend giving out cash to anyone directly. If you wish to donate please get in touch with us by email donate@4north.org and we can advise you on how best to donate.
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Health & Safety

For all 4North travels, it is required that you get a COVID Rapid test performed 48 hours before your departure date and for the Dominican Republic, it is recommended that you receive the Hepatitis A, Malaria and Tetanus vaccines.

We strongly encourage you to take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover the event that you fall ill. This coverage should certainly include all medical-related expenses, and emergency air lifts where required. All program locations have several good private hospitals, nursing homes and health clinics available. We will give you information to the nearest doctors and our staff will be there to help you in case you keeping unwell. We keep a basic medical kit you can access at home and when you are on site.You will get the numbers of local doctors, hospitals and our local staff who you can contact 24/7 in case of any medical emergency.

  • Travel advisories are monitored
  • Copies of all passports, medical and travel insurance, emergency contact information, dietary and medical requirements are collected
  • Staff have up-to-date first-aid training and carry a comprehensive first-aid kit at all times
  • Local hospitals and local doctors are able to handle any minor or major medical situations
  • All travel occurs during the day and under the guidance of facilitators
  • Full training given to participants for any health and safety hazards
  • Access to filtered or bottled water is available at all times.

Overall most countries we work in are peaceful and local people are very friendly and supportive. We ensure all possible measures regarding safety and security of our guests. We will give you health and safety training, culture orientation as well as emergency contact numbers of local staff, medical centres and police. However, no trip can be guaranteed to be one hundred percent safe, and each guest must recognize that travel to developing countries is, in general, less safe than travel to developed countries.

We have Wifi available at the guest house as well as in the vehicles. For a mobile network you will need to speak with your cell provider.

We highly recommend you carry your laptops or smart devices so you can connect with family and friends at home and also stay connected. Most locations are safe but we do not guarantee safety. All electronic devices must be kept locked when you are not at home.

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Cost & other info

You will have to pay for your airfare, medical and travel insurance, vaccinations and your passport fees. You will also need some extra money for your personal expenses and excursions in country.

We always encourage you to travel with your loved ones. This makes an experience even more special. If you are traveling with your boyfriend/girlfriend, friend or family member we can try to give you accommodation together. Please let us know on when you apply.

A lot of volunteers want to combine multiple destinations. If you are thinking of more than one location you can get in touch with us or pick the appropriate countries and program on the application form we send you.

You will be sent a pre-departure guide highlighting what to bring. You will be able to buy basic essentials like soap, shampoo or toothpaste close to your accommodation in most locations. You may want to bring medicines, sun cream, mosquito repellents and personal hygiene products from home.

A lot of preparations goes behind each program and we have to prepare for your arrival. To ensure that our efforts are not going to waste and so we don’t give your spot to someone else a full payment is required before you arrive. We require the full Program Fee to be paid 2 weeks prior to arrival. You can not pay in cash in country. All payments must be paid as per the invoice stated. Please read the Terms and Conditions before you sign up!

Most volunteers use personal savings to fund the program fee. You can also try fundraising for your trip. Ask us about the proper fundraising techniques before you start. 

Next steps

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Learn about our projects

Find out first-hand how we’ve impacted communities in the Dominican Republic.

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Apply to volunteer

Provide us some information and we’ll contact you shortly after with the next steps.

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View and book a trip

View our itinerary, request optional programs and experiences (optional), and book your trip!

Get In touch

Email us directly:
Contact@4north.org

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