Information for term Service Learning
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineMay 1, 2018
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Deadline: May 1, 2018
- Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
- Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA
OverviewClick to Open
Ever wonder what fair-trade labels means to the workers who attach them? In the Dominican Republic – one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean – your experiences will shine a light on this and more. Examine their socio-economic challenges, and help improve their lives. Through coursework, fieldwork, internships, activities, and excursions, you’ll also improve your Spanish skills, and add valuable skills like research methodology, grant writing, critical analysis, and public speaking to your resume.
Get out of the classroom
and learn through collaborative experience on grassroots and community-based projects.
to an ongoing rural partnership in organic farming and environmental justice.
Make a difference
for a community in need with capstone service project that includes field research.
average daily temperature (F)78.5
square miles of lush beauty make up remote Los Haitises National Park319
Location & CultureClick to Open
Founded in 1495 by 30 caballeros from Columbus’ early expeditions, Santiago is a growing, modern city with a population of more than 800,000. Despite its sprawling size, Santiago retains many small-town features. Traditional merchants ride burros loaded with baskets of goods and call out their wares in a musical chant. Street vendors balance large baskets of fruit and vegetables on their heads. People are friendly and crime is scarce. The people of Santiago like to play dominos, listen to merengue and bachata music, and talk about baseball.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Visit free-trade zones, schools, clinics, NGOs and more – last year’s visits included a fair-trade clothing factory and sugar plantation.
- Unwind at tropical Samaná Peninsula, where you’ll marvel at mangroves at Los Haitises National park, swim at one of the DR’s most beautiful beaches, and visit Salto El Limon, and the magical Lemon Waterfall.
- Get skills you need for a global career by earning a Teach English as a Second Language certificate or completing a course in community service.
- See the economy in action with weekend excursions. Visit Dajabón, an economic development zone on the Haitian-Dominican border region. Visit Santo Domingo and Haina to learn about the slave and sugar trades.
- Explore national parks like Lago Enriquillo, Bahia de las Aguilas, and el Hoyo de Pelentito.
- Take one-day trips to Jamao del Norte, the Hermanas Mirabal Museum, and La Vega during Carnaval season.
- Rural stays. Halfway through the program, students stay in a rural community and learn about community development. Work with the first school of organic agriculture and ecology in the DR, to learn sustainable environmental practices and alternative strategies for common problems in urban and rural areas, and fine-tune your capstone project.
- Work retreat. See how grassroots development works with this weekend away.
- Internships. Team up with one of our partners (below) and help communities with a range of issues from education to legal assistance while you gain great experience.
Daily LifeClick to Open
Homestays. Living with a Dominican family is your ticket to immersion into every day Santiago life. Your Spanish-speaking host family provides housing and three meals a day. All homestays are within walking distance of campus.
All meals are provided by your homestay family.
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Where You'll Study
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA MADRE Y MAESTRA
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What you need to knowThe program details
This program helps students to fulfill educational and personal goals while they forge relationships in the communities they’re learning about. In this sense, service-learning takes theory to practice, solving social problems and benefiting all involved.
The American Association for Higher Education defines service-learning as a method under which students learn and develop through thoughtfully organized service conducted in and meets the needs of a community, and coordinated with an institution of higher education and the community; helps foster civic responsibility; is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students enrolled; and includes structured time for students to reflect on the service experience. Our program is designed to include and address the four core principles of service-learning – engagement, reflection, reciprocity, and public dissemination.
In addition, all students sign off on the CIEE Community Language Commitment, agreeing to speak only Spanish to foster language proficiency and understanding of Dominican society.
Professors are from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra or contracted by CIEE.
AcademicsClick to Open
Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.
3.0 GPA in Spanish language 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) Volunteering and/or research experience is recommended
- Total credit, semester: 15-16 semester/22.5-24 quarter hours
- Course contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise noted
Students to take the following:
- Community Advocacy Internship
- Development and Globalization: Dominican Republic Case Study
- Social Research Methods
- 1 Spanish language course at your level
- Capstone Project
Students can also take a 1-credit direct enrollment course elective.
Spring 2018 CoursesClick to Open
Refer to Spring 2017 or Fall 2017 for an overview of course options. Our final courses will be listed shortly.
Fall 2017 CoursesClick to Open
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
- CMBL 3001 DRSL: Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement
- DEVE 3003 DRSL / LAST 3002 DRSL: Poverty and Development: Dominican Case Study
- SOCI 3003 DRSL: Social Research Methods
REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES
REQUIRED CIEE CAPSTONE PROJECT
PUCMM ONE-CREDIT COURSES
The following courses are offered to all CIEE students and worth one credit each.
Arts: Artistic Drawing, Drama, Guitar, Oratory, Photography, Sculpture, Silk-Screening, Stage Scenery Design
Dominican Dance and Folklore: Dominican folklore is introduced through regional dances and musical instruments. Students learn to dance traditional merengue, bachata, and salsa.
Physical Education: Baseball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Judo, Karate, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track, Volleyball
ScholarshipsClick to Open
Scholarships & Grants
In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.
Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
- Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
- Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
- Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
- CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.See more scholarship info
Dates, Deadlines & FeesClick to Open
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.
YOUR FEE INCLUDES:
- Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
- Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
- Two-week orientation – an introduction to Dominican culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in and around your host city
- Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
- Field trips and cultural activities
- Overnight excursions
- Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.
No Hidden Fees
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Fees & Housing
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CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.
Participation Confirmation = $300 *
Educational Costs = $9,133 **
Housing = $2,250 ***
Insurance = $167Total Fees = $11,850
Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.
International Airfare = $500 †
Local Transportation = $200
Books & Supplies = $175
Visa Fees = $200 ††
Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500
Personal expenses = $1,200Total Estimated Costs = $2,775
CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes all meals
† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
†† average cost
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