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Spring Break 2017 (March 19–26)–Caribbean Island Adventure & Service Trip

Adventure & Service 

The Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) Program is offering the opportunity to explore the island of the Dominica and immerse yourself into the islands culture through a service opportunity with the local Orion Academy. Our first trip to this island during spring break of 2016 was a huge success. Students were able to explore the diverse outdoor adventure opportunities found on the island and were able to work on the 155 mile long Waitukubuli National Trail. Join us this year as we hike to 200 feet waterfalls in the islands interior, snorkel tropical reefs and swim through deep gorges to the hidden falls of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Island of Dominica

Dominica (pronounced Dom–i–nee–ka) is an English–speaking, peaceful, autonomous nation, located in the Eastern Caribbean approximately 375 miles (604 km) southeast of Puerto Rico. The island offers a spectacular variety of tropical ecosystems. The rugged topography rises to nearly 5,000 feet (1,500 m) and includes elfin woodlands, cloud forests, rainforests, dry coastal woodlands, grasslands, sea cliffs and volcanic sand beaches. The island's diverse habitats support a rich variety of endemic, regionally endemic, and indigenous tropical terrestrial and marine life. Biologically unique geothermal fields, a boiling lake, fresh water crater lakes, rivers, waterfalls, an underwater volcano and coral reef associations are all teeming with life and a wealth of unanswered questions. 

boat sitting by water in the Dominica Islands


Our base for the week will be the Archbold Tropical Research and Education Center in Springfield Dominica. The center is owned by Clemson University and provides a great base for exploring the island. The Archbold Center is located at 1,300 feet (390 m) elevation at the head of Antrim Valley on the southwest coast of Dominica. There is no air conditioning but the elevation and prevailing sea breezes provide cool evening temperatures. 


The program cost is $2,000 and includes round trip air from Charlotte, NC to Dominica, Lodging, Meals, and all Activities. *A passport is required to travel to Dominica (additional fees may apply) 

A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to hold your spot. The full balance will be due by February 10, 2017. 

Register online or at the CORE office at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center.