Looking for a safe, fun, inexpensive cultural immersion experience in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic? Check out our Volunteer House in the community of Muñoz. Just across the highway from the resort complex Playa Dorada, you can reserve a spot with us! We encourage volunteers to stretch their comfort zones because we have found that many have a more impactful experience through this immersion.
We have two houses, pictured below, which are located on a small farm just off of the main street of Muñoz and a short walk to our grassroots school and art shop. Previous volunteers have enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time with the children and the community.
This is a home for a middle class Dominican family in a semi rural area. Staying in the Volunteer House is an opportunity for people to become immersed in the culture and have a better sense of what life is really like here. It is a rustic setting and visitors should be aware that we do not have air conditioning however, we do have fans and internet. Power and water sometimes go out occasionally for a few hours during the day when people are generally doing activities. The blue house has two large bedrooms with shared bunk beds and two bathrooms. The pink house has two smaller rooms available as private or shared quarters. There is reliable public transportation to go into Puerto Plata (about 20 minute drive away) where most American products can be easily found as well as fun tourism activities.
The farm is a very peaceful place to relax and enjoy after a long day of activities! We also have a garden with fresh vegetables and many fruit trees spread around the farm for volunteers and guests to enjoy!
We also refer to the farm as our "educational farm" as we periodically lead field trips where our students, and other local students, learn about agriculture, sustainability, and other science and STEM topics.
Cost: $12 per night, $60 per week, $180 per month
An additional fee of $15 per day will be added for those wanting to include 3 meals as well.
Includes: A bunk or single bed, clean sheets and pillow case, shower with cold water, access to the community kitchen and common space, and access to a locker (you provide the lock).
For Volunteers, the fee is $50 per night which includes meals, volunteer program fees, materials, transportation to and from volunteer sites, and language support when necessary.
E-mail volunteer@EsperanzaMeansHope.org to book your stay!