Guided Cultural Activities

Guided cultural activities are unique opportunities for students to take what they’ve learned in class out into the real world in activities that have been specifically designed to give students a glimpse into “real” life in Cabarete. Students will not only practice what they’ve learned, they’ll also immerse themselves in different aspects of Dominican culture and learn more about what makes the Dominican Republic and its people so special. These guided cultural activities offer an experience that travellers can’t get on their own—my expertise in Dominican culture and history allows students to dig deeper and truly see the country in a nuanced way.

These activities have the added benefit of showing students useful and easy-to-follow best practices for travelling in the most ethical way possible. All activities were created with ethical consumerism in mind, so all businesses that we will visit together are locally owned and run.

The excursions can be adapted for travellers who already know how to speak Spanish or who simply want to forego Spanish practice/lessons and go straight to enjoying what the Dominican Republic has to offer.

Personalized guided activities available upon request as are customized itineraries for your vacation (with or without Spanish lessons) so you can make the most of your time in Cabarete, while funnelling money into the local economy.

Email me to book an intensive Spanish course + guided cultural activity combo package.

The pool hall

During this two-hour nighttime activity, you will learn about the importance of local spaces, how to play Dominican dominoes, and will practice numbers, ordering and making small-talk in Spanish. Price includes a free local beer/mixed drink.

$35USD/$25USD for UVB Students
Discounts available for groups

a cooking class

Use numbers, food vocabulary, and command verbs during this two-hour cooking class meets grocery shopping excursion. Price includes groceries and a free recipe card to take home! (Vegetarian/vegan options available—5USD more).

$45USD/$35USD for UVB Students
Discounts available for groups

The Dominican Dialect

Learn about how Dominicans speak (the dialect, slang, gestures, expressions, and historical influences) in this fun and immediately useful one-and-a-half hour activity. Price includes a free eBook about the Dominican dialect.

$25USD/$20USD for UVB Students
Discounts available for groups

A Walking Tour

Take a two-hour walking tour through one of Cabarete’s Dominican neighbourhoods. Learn about the women’s collective making handmade crafts in the national reserve. Practice town vocabulary and the verb hay. Price includes lunch. Entry into national park not included.

$35USD/$30USD for UVB Students
Discounts available for groups

Dominican dancing

This three-hour activity includes a one-hour private dance class (merengue or bachata) and an outing to dance either in Cabarete or Sabaneta. Learn about Dominican music, the importance of local spaces, and practice Spanish commands, body parts, and music vocabulary. Price includes dance lesson, one local beer/mixed drink. Transport not included.

$65USD/$55USD for UVB Students
Discounts available for groups

the river

Take a two-hour trip to the edge of Cabarete where the river meets the ocean. Learn about the history of tourism on the north coast of the Dominican Republic and eat at Wilson’s riverside seafood restaurant. Practice ordering in Spanish, nature and food vocabulary. Transport and lunch of fried fish or a dozen river crabs included. Drinks not included.

$65USD/$55USD for UVB Students
Discounts available for groups

Ready to explore?

Book a stand alone day-long excursions or pair an activity with a Spanish course…