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.
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.
Online Orientation: Saturday, February 10 2018 Students must login to the online platform by Monday, February 12 to begin their introductory assignments. Their teacher will contact them with the information to access the online course on February 10.
Pre-trip in-class: Saturday, February 24, Saturday, and March 3 Students will be required to submit introductory assignments on Saturday, February 24. Assessment will be ongoing throughout the pre-trip classes.
Travel: Saturday, March 10 to Saturday, March 17 Students will be completing assessments throughout the travel portion.
Post-trip in-class: Saturday, April 7 Students will complete all daily assessments and submit their summative assignments by Saturday, April 7
$2990 (Double Occupancy)
* $1500 deposit is needed to secure your spot at the time of registration
* $1490 final deposit is due Thursday, February 1, 2018
*Registration opens on October 1st, 2017 – Early bird discount of $100 available until December 15, 2017
Deluxe medical and cancellation insurance: $120.00
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.
Airfare and land transportation
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
All admissions to both course specific sights and recreational group activities
All applicable taxes
Fees Do Not Include:
Cancellation and Medical Insurance
Discretionary spending money
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All Ontario Students
*Sponsored by Toronto District School Board
Pre-Trip Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018, Saturday, March 3, 2018 Travel Dates: Monday, March 10, 2018 to Saturday, March 17, 2018 Post-Trip Dates: Saturday, April 7, 2018 Location: TBA Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm Registration Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2018