A Day in the Life: Service in the Dominican Republic

Written by Amauri Jean-Claude, EF Gap Year Class of 2022

Every day during an EF Gap Year is completely different. Here's a snapshot of one unforgettable day.

My name is Amauri, and I'm doing the 25-week EF Gap Year program. My modules are Language Study in Barcelona, Service Learning in the Dominican Republic, and Internship in Dublin.

7:00 am: I wake up in my hotel in Bayahibe, a small resort town on the Southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. I go eat breakfast around 8:30 usually. It’s beautiful here, and we have breakfast right on the water, so you can see all the boats coming in and going out.

10:00 am: My cohort leaves to work with Fundemar, an organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable use of coastal marine ecosystems and resources through research, education, and support for the development of conservation projects.

11:30 am: We eat lunch around 11:30. I usually eat rice and beans with avocado and beef. After that, we have a 2-3 hour break to do whatever we'd like. Sometimes I'll go take a shower and relax since we've been active all day. Other times I'll walk down to the beach and write poetry.

2:00pm: In the afternoon, we continue our work with Fundemar. Right now, we're focused on coral restoration, so we're learning about different species of fish, snorkeling to see them ourselves, observing and monitoring manatees, and watching documentaries to expand our knowledge of sea life.

6:00 pm: In the evenings, I eat dinner with friends. Then we usually hang out at the basketball court with the locals. It’s a small town, so you get to know the people and become friends with them. Other times, we go to the dock and play music and dance by the water, or we just go for a walk and check out the natural pools here in Bayahibe.

What tomorrow may hold: I go to bed looking forward to being on a boat again and having the chance to snorkel. Coming here presented me with these two experiences for the first time, and while they weren't easy at first, I'm proud that I've gotten the hang of them. It’s so cool and beautiful to see all the fish and maybe even spot a manatee. I hope I see one tomorrow!

Amauri Jean-Claude

EF Gap Year Class of 2022

As a Global Influencer Fellow, Amauri showcases her storytelling skills by sharing her experiences diving into new cultures with EF Gap Year on this blog and social media.

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