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

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 4, 2020 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)


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Help run a summer camp program with local teams to lift and empower 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 and help run a summer camp project with local teens. You’ll gain valuable leadership and coaching experience while playing a part in improving the lives of approximately 400 children and youth who might otherwise spend their days on the street. The camp is part of a prevention program focused on vulnerable communities where many children cut school and are forced to work. Your help can literally make someone’s day.

Outside of camp time, you’ll take functional Spanish classes to help you communicate with the locals and have ample time to practice your language skills in the cafes, shops and markets of this scenic hilltop city. On group outings you’ll tour Santiago’s murals, historic museums, and quaint architecture. On an excursion to Montecristi in the Northwest, you’ll sunbathe on the beach, swim, and snorkel in the clear tropical water. You’ll tour salt mines, listen to merengue beats, eat freshly picked mangoes and local specialties, and then stay overnight in cabins near the coast.

Back at your homestay, you’ll help prepare and share meals, shop at markets, learn local customs, and enjoy every day routines and recreation with your host family. In your free time, join new friends to play dominoes in the park, catch a movie or local baseball game, go out for ice-cream or smoothies, and grab local street food like tostones and empanadas on the go.

What will you gain through this full-immersion experience? Empathy, global competence, and a whole new perspective. After three weeks of full immersion, you’ll return home with intercultural skills that will serve you well in future service projects and beyond. Having helped run a summer camp and team-building activities for students from 8 different communities, you’ll be equipped for your next big challenge. 

The Take-Aways

  • Leadership

    New-found confidence and leadership skills

  • Service

    Awareness of global issues and empathy for others

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of International Service Learning (50+ hours)

Location & Culture

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Welcome to the second largest city in the Dominican Republic.

There are a number of historic buildings and museums which celebrate the Dominican Republic’s transition from a colony of Spain to a free country.

As any fan of baseball knows, the DR loves baseball and the rosters of the MLB are studded with Dominican players. The local team, the Aguilas Cibaenas, play at Estadio Cibao throughout the winter season.

Dominican cuisine is a mixture of African, Spanish, Taino (Arawak, indigenous people of the Caribbean and Florida), and Middle Eastern. The most common meal is la Bandera which consists of white rice, stewed beans and a stewed or roasted meat. If you have a sweet tooth, flan is the go-to dessert.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Today was filled with chocolate-y goodness, a history lesson, and a walk in nature...."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Enjoy weekend trips with Dominican peers to whitewater raft, swim in waterfalls, and snorkel at Cayo Arena, the sand key.
  • Check out Dominican art at Centro Leon.
  • Play dominos in the park.
  • Enjoy merengue, bachata, and salsa dance classes.
  • Hike in the adventurous eco-tourism hub of Jarabacoa
  • Take an overnight excursion to Montecristi in Northwest DR, full of traditions, merengue music, and gastronomy. Bath in a river, eat locally grown mangos, and meet villagers. You'll spend the last day relaxing at the sea, snorkling and exploring the DR's famous scenic salt mines.
  • Tour the murals of Los Pepinos and admire Santiago's traditional city center.
  • Take daytrips to Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata - explore the contrast between life in the capital and on the beach!

​​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!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 14, 2020 Jul 4, 2020


Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020


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