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Volunteer Vacations with Discover Corps

Updated on August 18, 2015

Peace Corp Adventure in Two Weeks

Discover Corps gives you a Peace Corps type adventure in two weeks for those who cannot commit to two years of service. While the main goal of the program is service oriented, you will also find yourself immersed in the local culture through field trips, activities and lectures. This is what sets Discover Corps apart from others.

Founded by Andrew Motiwalla, a former Peace Corps volunteer, Discover Corps is a program of Terra Education. Upon returning from the Peace Corps, Motiwalla joined a non-profit volunteer organization. He hoped to build cross-cultural connections all over the world. Detoured by the dot com industry for some years, Motiwalla was pulled back into his Peace Corps dreams and founded Terra Education with the goal to "promote global education through service learning".

Discover Corps was developed to give the average adult a chance to connect their passion for service with a passion for travel. There is no greater thrill than to be allowed to be a benefit for those in need while experiencing a new culture.

Types of Projects

In both countries, you may find yourself working alongside National Peace Corps volunteers. While in Guatemala, the current project is to assist in refurbishing a school, however additional projects may come up. In the Dominican Republic, there are several projects in process including:

  • Building schools

  • Constructing clean burning stoves

  • Improving women's health

  • Reducing deforestation

  • Building improvement

  • Organizing games for children

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Currently projects are located in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic with plans to expand into Africa and Asia. In Guatemala, projects are currently located in the village of Quetzaltenango. In the Dominican Republic, projects are currently based on the northern shore.

The Road to Success

The road to success is not crowded. Because while most are looking for ways to take, the truly successful people are finding ways to give. With a giving attitude, every situation is an opportunity for success."

Time Commitment

Programs are ten days to two weeks.

Expect to work on your project every weekday morning. Weekday afternoons can include: continued work on the project, meeting with locals for hands-on demonstrations about local customs or you may find yourself with free time. Evenings are free.

Programs are offered four times per year.

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Skills Required

No special skills are required.

Training is provided for all programs.

Basic English is required as all guides speak English. All other languages are translated.


You will stay in either cabins or hostel type accommodations. You may share a room or cabin; bathrooms are shared.

Three meals per day are provided consisting of locally grown organic food.

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      Vicki Green 

      5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I'd never heard of Discover Corp - what a great idea for people who want an experience volunteering, but don't want to make the longer committment required in the Peace Corp.


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