August to June
Literacy rate (15+ years old)
Primary school – 93.2%
Lower secondary school – 59.7%
Upper secondary school – 71.8%
Children (6 – 11 years) – 65,825
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 62,165
Youth (15 – 17) – 141,627
RNT Rausch, who have fundraised 75% of the school cost, and the Acronis Cyber Foundation, having contributed 25% of the cost, started construction of 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.
About the country
The Dominican Republic
10.7 million people
Dominican peso (RD$)
Mainly Spanish-speaking, with Haitian Creole and English
The Dominican Republic has a tropical rainforest climate in the coastal and lowland areas.
Annual average temperature
December to April, characterized by low levels of rainfall and pleasantly warm temperatures.
May to November, characterized by higher levels of rainfall and humidity.
Colonial architecture, much of which today houses museums, restaurants, shops, and quaint hotels, lines the streets and squares and takes you back to another era.
The site was created centuries ago as a result of tectonic fractures when caves collapsed, forming a bowl-shaped depression which subsequently filled with water.
This lagoon at the northern end of Calle Duarte is picturesque with mangrove channels, interesting rock formations, and a cave populated by hundreds of swallows.
The Monumento de Santiago was originally built during the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in 1944 as “Trujillo’s Monument to Peace.”
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
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)