This program is a perfect fit for the student looking to gain the skills needed to feel confident and independent while exploring the wilderness. Dedicate time to earning a Wilderness First Responder certification before diving into other Dominican adventures, like hiking to waterfalls, snorkeling the beaches and whitewater rafting! As a WFR, learn ways to treat common and critical medical conditions while exploring the lush wilderness.Enroll Now Live Chat Schedule a Call
Arrive in the vibrant city of Santo Domingo, meet your team and take in the historic sights. Head to Las Galeras, a tiny beachfront town on the rugged Samana Peninsula to begin your challenging and life-changing 80-hour Wilderness First Responder certification. Under the instruction of expert medical professionals, learn how to handle a wide range of medical issues and emergency situations that could happen anytime, anywhere, whether close to home or hours away from modern medical facilities. As a group, sharpen your skills through hands-on role playing and life-like medical scenarios in the backcountry, complete with realistic stage-makeup wounds. Relax and reset your mind with an afternoon snorkel in crystal clear waters.
Switch it up with a change of location and continue your WFR studies surrounded by a lush national rainforest. Learn when and where to inject epinephrine. Assess whether or not an injured person can hike out of the wilderness, then practicing making a stretcher out of improvised materials. It’s almost as fun being the ‘patient’ as it is the caretaker! The group’s busy days are broken up with exciting adventures – hike to a waterfall for a freshwater swim and work together on an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip.
Confident in your skills, and with a greater appreciation for preventative care, start engaging with the local community. Learn about global health trends and the specific challenges facing the Dominican Republic’s public health care system. Work with local professionals and contribute to regional health initiatives. We work hard to ensure that our projects are timely and effective, so each summer the Broadreach groups’ responsibilities differ and evolve. Your experience here gives you a broader understanding of the various levels of health care available and the ways you can apply your new WFR certification!
Celebrate all your hard work and new achievements with a visit to El Encuentro Beach, a friendly beach community on the Northern coast. Unwind with some well-deserved beach time, take on a new challenge and learn to surf, go on an incredible waterfall hike, and prepare to say goodbye to your newfound friends and this amazing country.