2018 Dominican Republic Encounter

Join us as we serve alongside the local staff and volunteers at Young Life's camp, Pico Escondido, in the Dominican Republic!  We will be doing a community outreach event to build support for Vida Joven in the local area.  In addition, we will explore the world famous Samana Peninsula - embark on a whale watching excursion, enjoy waterfall hikes, snorkel in crystal clear water and relax on isolated beaches.


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  • Enjoy Pico Escondido, Young Life's premier camp in the DR.
  • Experience Vida Joven club in the local community.
  • Serve alongside local staff doing a community outreach project.
  • Spend a day whale watching in Samana.
  • Enjoy a hike to beautiful waterfalls.
  • Engage with local Young Life staff and ministries.
  • Enjoy fellowship along with cultural insights.
  • Experience local cuisine and world class beaches.
  • Make new friends and grow in your faith and love of Young Life.


Dates: February 17 - 24, 2018
Cost: $2500* (per person, double occupancy; additional $1000 for single occupancy rooms at Samana hotel)
*Including accommodations, local transport, meals, tours and guides, permits and travel insurance. Gratuity not included. Single rooms are additional and will be determined soon.

Young Life Expeditions can assist with flights into the DR via trusted travel agents.


How to Register

REGISTER HERE by creating an account on Managed Missions and select your trip code – XDR01 DR Encounter. Deposits of $750 per person are due at time of registration and refundable until October 31, 2017, less processing fees. Send deposit payable to:


Young Life (Attn: XDR01 – DR Encounter)

P.O. Box 1293 Danville, CA  94526



Additional Details

  • ​Group minimum is 10 people. If the minimum isn’t met by October 31, 2017, the trip may be canceled (deposits can be refunded if this occurs).
  • Our complimentary travel insurance covers trip delays, lost luggage, emergency medical or security evacuations.  Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended and available for an additional fee. ​
  • Questions? Email info@expeditions.younglife.org or call the Expeditions office at 888-963-4443.​ 


NOTE: Young Life Expeditions’ preferred travel agents are available to assist you in your travel or you can make your own arrangements. We request that your flight arrive in Santiago after 12:00 PM on February 17, and depart after 2:00 PM on February 24, 2018. 
(Schedule subject to change.)​

Saturday February 17, 2018
  • Arrive in Santiago where your hosts will greet you at the airport.
  • Drive by air conditioned coach to hotel.
  • Begin to learn about the Dominican Republic and the rich history as well as work of Young Life in this beautiful country.
Sunday February 18, 2018
  • Wake up in the beautiful mountains of Jarabacoa where Pico Escondido is located.
  • Have breakfast at camp along with a tour of the property.
  • Attend church with the Vida Joven staff in town and return to camp for lunch.
  • Begin a community service project until we gather back at Pico Escondido for dinner.
Monday February 19, 2018
  • After another delicious breakfast, continue serving in with Vida Joven in the community.
  • In the afternoon, take advantage of the landscape around Pico with a hike to a local waterfall.
  • Get a chance to ride the Giant Swing at camp and visit the store.
Tuesday February 20, 2018
  • Final breakfast at Pico Escondido before boarding the bus to the Samana Peninsula.
  • Enjoy the views as you travel to the most eastern point of the Dominican Republic.
  • Check in to the Hotel Playa Colibri in the town of Las Terrenas where you will enjoy lunch and then either relax on the beach or take an excrusion to the largest waterfall in the DR - Salto de Limon.
  • Dinner in town at one of the many delicious restaurants.
Wednesday February 21, 2018
  • After breakfast at the hotel, embark to one of the DRs finest National Parks - Los Haitises, only accessible by boat.
  • Guided tour by boat and then on foot of the mangrove forest.
  • Return to the hotel in the afternoon for relaxation before dinner.
Thursday February 22, 2018
  • Climb on board a boat to Samana Bay for the Whale Watching Tour.
  • We will be in one of the few breeding locations in the world that these whales come back to each year.
  • After a few hours of viewing whales, we will have lunch on an isolated beach and then return to the hotel for a relaxing evening and dinner  in town.
Friday February 23, 2018
  • Optional excursion today - visit three beaches that are only accessible by boat for snorkeling over coral reefs.  Enjoy viewing unusual fish and then a quiet lunch on one of the beaches.
  • Alternatively, stick around the hotel and enjoy a leisurely day on the beach and in town.
  • Return to the hotel in the afternoon for a final dinner in Las Terrenas with the team.
Saturday February 24 2017
  • Enjoy one last beachside breakfast then check out of the hotel and depart for the airport.
  • Return flights should depart either Santiago or Santo Dominigo no earlier than 2:00 PM.

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