Volunteer in Dominican Republic!

Saffron Rai Start Date: Nov 14, 2016 - End Date: Jul 31, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

My Travel Story

by: Saffron Rai Start Date: Nov 14, 2016 - End Date: Jul 31, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip
Hi! 

I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this, it means a lot so thanks in advance.

My dream is to become a doctor because I think the idea of giving back to the community and helping one another is paramount. My passion is to travel the world, immersing myself in different cultures and environments. This trip i will be embarking upon with Gap Medics combines these two loves.

In 2017 I will be travelling to La Romana, Dominican Republic to gain work experience and volunteer at local hospitals as part of the Gap Medics. I think we can often underestimate the power of a good doctor; but what if they did not have the resources, a reality for many doctors in the Dominican Republic?  Looking at a healthcare system from a different country will be eye opening and allow me to have a completely different perspective of healthcare and treatment.

I will also be volunteering at local schools nearby, teaching young pupils English. I think this will be so rewarding as I get to give back to a community. The ability to speak English would enhance their job prospects and help them excel further in  their studies, and I know it will be a very special moment for me.

The Dominican Republic is a tropical environment; where there are cases of dengue fever and other tropical diseases - which is completely different from the UK! I will therefore be able to learn so much that a classroom or text book cannot teach, seeing these cases face to face will be so enriching.

Being able to take this journey  will allow me to enrich myself in a completely different culture, climate and type of people! I know this trip will be unforgettable as it is somewhere that I have longed to go for many years and now i finally have the chance. 

Thank you to anybody who donates and helps me achieve my aspiration of embarking on this life changing trip, which will most certainly be treasured for many years to come!





  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago