If you are used to set schedules and appointments, visiting anywhere in the Dominican Republic might not be a good idea.
Last week while I was in the Dominican Republic for a service-learning trip teaching English to the children in that area, I quickly learned that their lifestyle is vastly different from ours. A majority of the time, Dominicans will stop what they are doing to have conversations with you even if they are at work. They really like to talk more than anything else.
During one of our cultural days, we took a boat out to Goat Island to go to the beach as a special surprise. We were supposed to leave the Island at 4:00 p.m. sharp as our bus to the airport was leaving at 7:30 p.m., but the boat driver was late by our standards; however, Dominicans go by island time, which is whenever they get there or whenever you’ll be taken back to where you need to go.
Another thing I learned during my time there is that their version of cat calling is shouting “Hey Baby” and hissing to get young women’s attention. They do this to young Canadian and American women, as they want to be trophy husbands and be taken back to North America to start a better life.
As you can tell, this was all very shocking to me as this was my first time going to Dominican Republic.