My trip to the DR was amazing! From living at Tubagua Ecolodge to hiking miles of beautiful mountainscapes, from learning about Dominican culture through Merengue dancing to being on the ground interacting with folks, this experience was one of the most eye-opening and impactful trips I have ever taken part in!
I felt immediately connected to the people there, and I was pleasantly welcomed with open arms to the community. I feel grateful and humbled by my experiences at Tubagua Ecolodge, and I was extremely impressed with the food and accommodations (THAT STUNNING VIEW)! I was also very impressed by the Community Based Tourism (CBT) in the community, namely the Amber Mines tour because we learned about the development of the tours and how far they have come in the way of developing the tour to support the needs of many different tour groups/tourists.
Heading to the DR, I was expecting to experience a bit of discomfort surrounding being ‘off the resort’, as I have been told my entire life that “it is unsafe to leave the resort”. However, my assumptions were proven wrong, and the reality was that I felt safer and more confident while I was in the community that at any resort I have ever been to. I learned that there is so much more to the community than what the big resort chains have made me believe for all my life.
This experience has made me realize that there is so much beauty in development, and I am grateful to have been able to witness CBT from the beginning stages to the finished tour. I am excited to take my knowledge back to the Centennial College community, as well as my future career opportunities, and apply the tools I gained while taking part in this FLIP trip, to benefit other CBT initiatives in the GTA!
Katie – 301110271
CDW Class of 2021