Students have been trained by local experts in kitchen skills, bartending and housekeeping, so they’re ready for work in high-quality hotels across the island. But that’s not all. They’ve also been given life coaching, with a focus on gender empowerment, work safety, sexual and reproductive health, and financial know-how.
The project is aimed at 17 to 24-year-olds. Young mothers with children have been able to join the TUI Academy, too, as childcare is provided during the training period. This is invaluable in the Dominican Republic, where youth unemployment has hit a staggering 35%, and the teenage pregnancy rate is double the worldwide average.
After the Class of 2018 graduated from the TUI Academy, each student was given a six month internship at Blue Diamond Resorts across Punta Cana. This is an opportunity that wouldn’t have been an option for many of the students prior to their training. Many of them lack formal qualifications and have a poor command of the English language.
The students we interviewed all did their internships at the CHIC by Royalton in Uvero Alto, which lines up ultra-modern décor, DJ-led pool parties, and a pick of places to eat. Check it out…
We asked the students to tell us about their experience of the TUI Academy…
Adriana, aged 21, has been training in housekeeping. She told us, ‘Before I started at the TUI Academy, I struggled to find a job. I left school to care for my two children, aged five and three, and had to just stay at home. Now I have a purpose, I have a schedule and I’m making a better life for my family.’
Francier, aged 20, chose bartending as his skill. He told us, ‘I applied for the TUI Academy as I saw it as an opportunity to build a career and make a better future for myself and my family. My mother was a teenager when she had me and has always worked so hard to support us. Now I want to give something back.’
Maria Teresa, aged 21, is working towards becoming a housekeeper. She told us, ‘The life coaching part of the TUI Academy taught me how to challenge my fears and overcome personal problems. I was in a bad situation before I started my training, with limited prospects for the future. Now I feel so much more positive.’
Lewis, aged 17, has been learning bartending skills. ‘He told us, I want to progress my career in tourism. I’ll need to go to university first, but one day I’d love to be the General Manager of a hotel. The opportunity the TUI Academy has given me is the best path I could’ve taken to achieve my dreams.’
After the success of the Class of 2018, the TUI Academy began recruiting for their second intake of students, to continue the good work.
Find out about the TUI Care Foundation’s newest project with Plan International – they’ve taken the academy across continents to open a new TUI Academy in Vietnam.
Fancy checking out the hotels the students will be working in? Take a look at our holidays to the Dominican Republic.
Plus, find out which is the best Caribbean island for you and discover our excursions with the feel-good factor.
Pssst. Head to the Discover homepage for our latest articles.
Author: Danielle Penny
The Riu Palace Bavaro plays a winning hand with its beachfront spot and impressive range of pools and restaurants.
A beautiful white-sand beach, designer interiors and a gourmet dining scene are the calling cards at TUI SENSATORI Resort Punta Cana.
Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa in Uvero Alto lines up ultra-modern décor, DJ-led pool parties, and a pick of places to eat.
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
More from TUI
About TUI MyTUI app Cookies Notice Manage Cookie Preferences Privacy Notice Terms & Conditions Media Centre Travel Jobs Affiliates Discover Lakes & Mountains Discover Weddings App Store for Ios Google Play Store Travel Money Holiday Budget Calculator TUI Group First Choice Holiday Brochures Travel After Brexit Holiday WeatherNHS Discounts
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk.
The advice can change so check regularly for updates
All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Some of the flights on this website are also financially protected by the ATOL scheme, but ATOL protection does not apply to all flights. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each flight before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk. ATOL protection does not apply to the other holiday and travel services listed on this website.