Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Mentoring Youth & Raising Social Awareness

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Information for term Mentoring Youth & Raising Social Awareness

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

August 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 1, 2020
  • Dates: Sep 28 – Nov 7, 2020 (6 weeks)
$4,850

Application Deadline

September 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 1, 2020
  • Dates: Nov 9 – Dec 19, 2020 (6 weeks)
$4,850

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – Feb 13, 2021 (6 weeks)

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Dates: Feb 15 – Mar 27, 2021 (6 weeks)

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: February 1, 2021
  • Dates: Mar 29 – May 8, 2021 (6 weeks)

Application Deadline

August 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 1, 2020
  • Dates: Sep 28 – Dec 19, 2020 (12 weeks)
$8,245

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – Mar 27, 2021 (12 weeks)

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Dates: Feb 15 – May 8, 2021 (12 weeks)

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – May 8, 2021 (18 weeks)

Overview

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Core components of this program are subject to change in Fall 2020, in order to accommodate any new health and security requirements, due to COVID-19. View the details.


Enjoy engaging with youth and interested in empowering communities in need?

Interested in playing sports, making arts and crafts, and helping kids learn about teamwork? Join forces with a local nonprofit organization serving underprivileged children and teens in Santiago. You’ll gain valuable leadership and coaching experience while playing a part in improving the lives of local youth who might otherwise spend their days on the street. Your help can literally make someone’s day.

In addition to service work you’ll take functional Spanish classes to help you communicate with the local community and have ample time to practice your language skills in the cafes, shops and markets of this scenic hilltop city. Your actual service experience will be enhanced by the service-learning workshops that you and your peers will participate in over the course of each block. CIEE recognizes the importance of framing the service experience and the value of increasing participants' leadership skills, ability to problem-solve, build community relations and initiate change. Spend a few hours per week focused on these complementary skills to make your service experience even more impactful for you and the community! 

You will also take part in our Global Competence Course. This online course will allow you to connect and collaborate in real-time with our entire cohort of Gap participants worldwide, through interactive workshops and discussions. Reflect on your own cultural biases, share insights about your experience and learn about topics ranging from cultural identity and leadership styles to how to work and live sustainably or develop communication skills.

On weekends and evenings, get into the rhythm of Dominican life while exploring all that Santiago, La Ciudad Corazon, has to offer. Prepare meals with your hosts, hit the beach, take a day trip to explore a nearby town or nature reserve. Make the most of this amazing opportunity!

The Take-Aways

  • LEADERSHIP

    CIEE is committed to developing young leaders through our Gap Year Abroad programs. Return home with a new-found confidence and the ability to work across cultural lines.

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

    Develop an appreciation for the role NGOs play in the DR to support local youth and community. Come home with the motivation and skills to drive meaningful change in your own community.

  • SERVICE LEARNING

    Receive a Certificate of International Service Learning

  • of alumni said their skills improved

    97%
  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

    94%
  • said their level of independence increased

    89%

Location & Culture

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Santiago offers vibrant culture with a wealth of historical landmarks

One of the oldest settlements in Spain’s New World empire, Santiago de los Caballeros, or Santiago for short, is the Dominican Republic’s second-largest city and the Caribbean’s fourth largest. But compared to many other cities around the world, it is small. It’s friendly, easy to navigate, and full of cultural attractions and things to do.

With very few English speakers, Santiago is not considered a tourist city. Even so, you’ll find a number of museums and historic buildings dating back to Spanish colonial times. Some of the most well-known styles of Dominican music - like bachata and merengue - come from Santiago, and the local culture is well-preserved and celebrated here.

During your time in Santiago, you’ll want to visit sites like the Catedral Santiago Apóstol, the Gran Teatro del Cibao, and the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration, which towers over the city and offers beautiful views.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

A succesful Gap service experience achieves the right balance between hands-on learning opportunities, structured moments of instruction that can put your experience in context, and cultural activties or excursions that fully immerse you in the local culture.

Here's how a typical week goes on a CIEE Gap Service & Leadership program:

  • 15-20 hours of service project and/or service learning discussion with your CIEE facilitator and peers
  • 1 hour of the CIEE Global Competence Course (online with global community)
  • 2 cultural activities
  • Free time to explore and have fun!

Weekends are for group excursions (two per 6-week block) or personal travel and exploration.

*If Covid-19 homestay requirements cannot be met participants will be placed in a CIEE-vetted dormitory or apartment. Confirmation will be communicated to participants in advance.

  • Carefully Screened Homestay*

  • Local Support

    Local CIEE Center staff available 24/7.

Activities

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Sample Cultural Activites

  • Explore the markets and main sights in downtown Santiago, such as El Monumento (a monument built in 1944), San Luis Fort, and Centro León, which is the premier arts and cultural center that showcases Dominican treasures.
  • Shop along the lively Calle del Sol. Hunt for bargains and colorful fashions, and visit the artisan shops of Mercado Modelo for a variety of authentic handicrafts.
  • Walk through one of the oldest neighborhoods, Los Pepines, which belongs to a folkloric project to rescue and keep local traditions alive... you will marvel in the vision of many artists that have painted the walls of the city and see a demonstration of carnival, and dance merengue and son music with locals.

SAMPLE DAY TRIPS

  • Take a day trip to the northwestern border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where you’ll visit the Dajabón market – the most important binational market in the Dominican Republic. You’ll also get the chance to swim at El Morro beach, and learn about issues around Haitian workers in the Dominican Republic with the NGO Centro Puente.
  • On a day trip to Salcedo, you’ll visit the Ojo de Agua – birthplace of the Mirabal sisters, who fought against the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. You’ll learn about the resistance groups and movements against Trujillo, and the cultural and political changes triggered by them.
  • Spend a day visiting the Dominican Republic's bustling capital city, Santo Domingo. You will visit a colonial era sugar mill to learn about the history of slavery and syncretism on the island, as well as explore the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses the first permanent establishment of the New World.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees

Eligibility

  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, flexibility and maturity.
  • Students must be 17 years or older at the time of their departure.

Fees

$50

Apply for one or two 6-week blocks. Combining blocks in two different locations is not yet available.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.

Program

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Start Date

End Date

Costs

Fall Block II 2020 6 weeks Aug 1, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Nov 7, 2020

$4,850

Fall Blocks II, III 2020 12 weeks Aug 1, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

$8,245

Fall Block III 2020 6 weeks Sep 1, 2020 Nov 9, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

$4,850

Spring Block I 2021 6 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Feb 13, 2021
Spring Blocks I, II 2021 12 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Mar 27, 2021
Spring Blocks I, II, III 2021 18 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 May 8, 2021
Spring Block II 2021 6 weeks Dec 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 Mar 27, 2021
Spring Blocks II, III 2021 12 weeks Dec 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 May 8, 2021
Spring Block III 2021 6 weeks Feb 1, 2021 Mar 29, 2021 May 8, 2021

Enroll for two in-country 6-week blocks and save 15% ($8,245 total)!

Ready to change your life?