• Environmental Studies in the Dominican Republic


      Open to ALL Ontario High School Students!

      Located on an island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic can be viewed as a microcosm of the world. Managing the same environmental issues as Canada such as solid waste management, renewable energy vs. fossil fuels, protection of national forests, impacts of climate change on agriculture and oceans, the country offers a perfect platform for comparison. You will not only acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of these issues but will also develop the critical thinking skills required to analyze the complexity of underlying factors that must be addressed in order to develop solutions to these issues.

      Upon arrival to Las Canas, participate in a beach walk and investigate examples of renewable and alternative energy sources. Compare and contrast the impact of conucos (family farming) vs. industrial farming when you visit an organic coffee and cacao plantation in the Gaspar Hernandez area. Trek through the abundant forest of the El Choco National Park and explore one of the many caves that house brilliantly clear underground freshwater reservoirs. Take a trip to Taino Farm to see permaculture in action – a sustainable farming design that works with the surrounding ecosystem for a true farm-to-table production process. Dip your toes in the vibrant and colourful culture of this Spanish-speaking country and learn to salsa, merengue, or bachata in the popular town of Cabarete.

    • Trip Highlights


      • Teleferico to Mount Isabel
      • El Choco National Park
      • Beach Resort
      • Taino Farm
      • Las Canas beach walk
      • Organic Coffee and Cacao Plantation
      • Cave Exploration
      • Puerto Plata
      • Traditional Dominican food
    • Courses


      *Sponsored by Toronto District School Board

      • Grade 11 University/College Environmental Science (SVN3M)
        Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Applied or Academic
      • Grade 12 University/College The Environment and Resource Management (CGR4M)
        Prerequisite: Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

      Note:  A minimum of 5 students must be registered for a course to run.

      Instructional Timelines


      Online Orientation:  Monday, February 12, 2018
      Students must login to the online platform by Monday, February 12, 2018 to begin their introductory assignments.  Their teacher will contact them with the information to access the online course on February 10, 2018.

      Pre-trip in-class: Saturday, February 24, Saturday, March 3, 2018
      Students will be required to complete and submit the pre-trip introductory assignments by the first in-class day on Saturday, February 24. 2018.  Assessment will be ongoing throughout all pre-trip classes.

      Travel:
       Saturday, March 10 to Saturday, March 17,2018
      Students will be completing assessments throughout the travel portion.

      Post-trip in-class:
       Saturday, April 7, 2018
      Students will complete all daily assessments and submit their summative assignments by Saturday, April 7, 2018.

    • Program Fees


      $2990 (Double Occupancy; two students to a room)

      * $1500 deposit is needed to secure your spot at the time of registration

      Registration deadline extended – please contact the office for availability

      Deluxe medical and cancellation insurance: $139.00

      Please note: It is EduTravel and school board policy that all students travelling on extended trips have both cancellation and medical insurance in place. A specialized student insurance protection plan will be automatically added to the cost of the program fee upon registration. Please know there is an option to opt out of the insurance policy by filling and returning in the “Insurance Opt-Out Form” along with proof of valid insurance coverage from another source. 

      Fees Include:

      • Airfare and land transportation
      • Accommodations
      • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      • All admissions to both course specific sights and recreational group activities
      • Course materials
      • All applicable taxes
      • All gratuities

      Fees Do Not Include:

      • Cancellation and Medical Insurance
      • Discretionary spending money
    Program Details (Click below)

    All Ontario Students

    *Sponsored by Toronto District School Board

    Pre-Trip Dates: Saturday, February 24 | Saturday, March 3, 2018
    Travel Dates:  Saturday, March 10, 2018 to Saturday, March 17, 2018
    Post-Trip Dates: Saturday, April 7, 2018
    Location: Riverdale Collegiate Institute (1094 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 2A1)
    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
    Registration is now closed. Please check back in the fall for 2019 dates and pricing!

     

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