Camp Mountain Chai offers an unforgettable and unparalleled four-week social action program for teens entering 11th grade.

Camp Mountain Chai offers an unforgettable service-learning focused trip to the Dominican Republic for teens entering 11th grade. Teens will experience meaningful volunteer opportunities through a myriad of local service organizations. While physically building within the host community, they will be fostering and developing their own tight-knit community.

The Kavanah program develops leadership skills in our campers so that they can more effectively assume leadership roles in school, camp, and later on in life. Our teens will live, work, and play together, creating a strong bond of friendship and community. They will be joined by returning Camp Mountain Chai staff members who will also live and work with our teens, providing guidance, leadership, and supervision.

Kavanah’niks will start their journey at CMC preparing for their travels to the DR and end their journey back in San Diego. Let us not forgot it’s at this time when tears will be shed and the bonds/experiences created over these past few weeks will show their true power! This trip is certain to be an experience none of these kids will ever forget!


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Previous Kavanah Highlights

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  • Volunteer at a Day Camp for local youth
  • Explore and learn about the Jewish community of Sosua at the Jewish Museums of Sosua
  • Learn about the conflict and relations between the DR and Haiti
  • Come together with the universal language of soccer with Haitian youth
  • La Boca Jungle Tour river boat cruise and Bachata Show
  • Monkey Jungle and Zipline
  • Standup Paddle Boarding in the Atlantic ocean
  • Laguna Gri Gri tour and Playa Grande
  • Shabbat with the local Jewish community
  • Hike in El Choco National Park and swim in a water-filled cave
  • Dinner with a local baseball coach to learn about the impact of baseball in the DR society
  • Tour and learn about sustainable farming in Los Brazos
  • Cable Car tour of Teleferico
  • Extended Shabbat at CMC


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  • Hotel (1.5 blocks from beach with swimming pool, WiFi, air-conditioning, etc.)
  • All meals (kosher-style)
  • Local medical insurance, does not cover pre-existing conditions
  • 1 scheduled laundry service
  • Professional Tour Guides and CMC Staff