Dominican Republic, Los Maranitos
Mariposa Mountain School in Dominican Republic
Construction period: Mar 2020 – Apr 2021


Type of facility

A school building with two classrooms and sanitary facilities





NGO partner


Academic year

August to June

Literacy rate (15+ years old)

93.8 %

Attendance rate

Primary school – 93.2%
Lower secondary school – 59.7%
Upper secondary school – 71.8%

Out-of-school children

Children (6 – 11 years) – 65,825
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 62,165
Youth (15 – 17) – 141,627

Project implementation

In June 2022, RNT Rausch, who have fundraised 75% of the school cost, and the Acronis Cyber Foundation, having contributed 25% of the cost, have opened a first-class educational center in Los Maranitos. It will not be a school in the classical sense, but a supplementary educational institution to the public schools in the region, as these are not open for about 5 months a year and children do not acquire sufficient skills.

The new educational institution will bring benefit to the whole community by offering coed programs and access to the classes for all community members. Its curriculum will include academic courses and environmental education.

The public school in Los Maranitos has morning and afternoon sessions, and the new educational center will have a curriculum complementary to the public school’s schedule so that all children can attend classes there. It will work in close cooperation with the public school and track academic performance of each child. The educational institution will be open Monday to Saturday, all year long.


News from the project

The impact of Mariposa Mountain school in Dominican…
In June 2022, the collaborative efforts of RNT Rausch and Acronis Cyber Foundation Program gave rise to a beacon of hope in the heart of…
One year of impact at the Mariposa Mountain School in…
One year after the festive opening, the Mariposa Mountain School continues to have a significant impact both in the local community of Los…
RNT Rausch and Acronis Cyber Foundation opens the…
We are excited to share that the school in the Dominican Republic is officially opened on 11 June 2022!  Acronis Cyber Foundation is committed…
Our school, our stories – Mountain School in the…
A school community is not just a building. It’s the various individuals and groups who are invested in the welfare and vitality of the school,…

About the country


The Dominican Republic

Capital city

Santo Domingo


10.7 million people


Dominican peso (RD$)

Major languages

Mainly Spanish-speaking, with Haitian Creole and English

Travel information

The Dominican Republic has a tropical rainforest climate in the coastal and lowland areas.

Annual average temperature

25°C (77°F)

Dry season

December to April, characterized by low levels of rainfall and pleasantly warm temperatures.

Wet season

May to November, characterized by higher levels of rainfall and humidity.

Travel tips

Hotel recommendations

Santo Domingo: Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando

Los Marranitos: Cabaña Los Marranitos

Cabarete: Velero Beach Resort

Places to eat

Santo Domingo: Elizondo Restaurante

Jarabacoa: Aroma de la Montaña

Best souvenirs from the country

Dominican cacao & coffee, larimar, H\honey, batata jam, rum

Travel agencies


Interpreting services

Lighthouse Translations

Proposed one week tour

Day 1: Santo Domingo: Zona Colonial

Day 2: Los Morenos: Local community visit

Day 3: Los Marranitos: School visit

Day 4: Los Marranitos: School visit

Day 5: Cabarete: Kite surfing and sandy beaches

Day 6: Around Cabarete: Laguna Gri-Gri

Day 7: Santo Domingo: Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes cave)

Read what community says about the project

I am grateful for the Mariposa Mountain School and my ability to work with its students. I can see the impact it has on the community through the smiles on the students’ faces. They are excited to participate, and because of the regular programming, students’ skills are increasing. It feels good to be making a difference.
Mountain School coordinator and teacher
My experience at Mariposa has been very good and extremely positive. Mariposa has given me many learning opportunities that I will value for the rest of my life.
Student, 13 y.o.
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