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 10 – 30, 2018 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 8 – 28, 2018 (3 weeks)


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Assist and support a summer camp project for children and teens that study at Ciudad Santa María.

You will work with one NGO that supports communities in need with an educational project called Ciudad Santa María, while getting to know more about Dominican culture, Spanish language, and interesting places. It gives you the broad opportunity to develop skills on communication and leadership, take a short Spanish language class, and explore the fascinating Dominican nature and culture, architecture, museums, and more. You will work on a high-standard summer camp along with other Dominican teens that volunteer, organizing intentional educative and fun activities for children and teens.

During your stay you’ll live with a welcoming local host family, practicing Spanish as you prepare and share meals, shop at markets, learn local customs, and enjoy family routines and recreation.

In your free time, hang out with new friends, play dominoes in the park, catch a local baseball game, and enjoy delicious local dishes like tostones and empanadas.

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 this program.

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  • Housing

    Carefully screened host family

  • 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.
  • Visit a major league baseball training facility.
  • Play dominos in the park.
  • Enjoy merengue, bachata, and salsa dance classes.

Download a sample itinerary.

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



Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2018 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 10, 2018 Jun 30, 2018


Summer Session II 2018 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 8, 2018 Jul 28, 2018


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