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

December 6, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 4, 2020 (3 weeks)
$4,250

Application Deadline

December 6, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)
$4,250

Overview

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Gain valuable life skills while empowering children in high-risk situations.

Join Acción Callejera, a local NGO, in their effort to be a positive influence and resource for children in Santiago by helping them run a summer camp project with other local teens. Your role in this project will include preparing camp activities, serving food, playing sports, making arts and crafts, and helping children learn about team work! This service program affects the lives of hundreds of children and teens in several communities throughout Santiago.
In addition to working with children, you will enjoy exciting opportunities to explore this hilltop city in the Dominican Republic both on your free time, and on program excursions to tropical parks, historic museums, and to see influential architecture. “Survival” Spanish classes will help you communicate with the locals and your host family. Back at home with your host family, you will help 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 a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • 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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Activities

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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.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Eligibility

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

Application Fee

$25

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.

Program

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Start Date

End Date

Costs

Summer Session I 2020 3 weeks Dec 6, 2019 Jun 14, 2020 Jul 4, 2020

$4,250

Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Dec 6, 2019 Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020

$4,250

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