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.

Extended Deadline

February 16, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: February 16, 2022
  • Dates: Jun 12 – Jul 2, 2022 (3 weeks)
$4,250

Extended Deadline

February 16, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: February 16, 2022
  • Dates: Jul 10 – 30, 2022 (3 weeks)
$4,250

Overview

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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 region of the island,   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 soccer 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? Social empathy and awareness, 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. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways

  • "LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

    Work alongside passionate Dominican NGO leaders committed to transforming the lives of children through education. Reflect on your own leadership style and strengths as you mentor children ages 4 to 15 through activities, games and workshops.

  • LIFELONG SKILLS AND FRIENDSHIPS

    After just 3 weeks away, you'll build self-confidence, gain a broader world view, improve your interpersonal communication skills and make lifelong friends from all across the U.S.

  • CREDENTIALS FOR YOUR FUTURE

    Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, a Certificate of 50 hours of Service Learning.

Location & Culture

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Welcome to the second largest city in the Dominican Republic.

Santiago de los Caballeros or La Ciudad Corazón is the second largest city in the Dominican Republic and full of interesting historic buildings and museums that celebrate the country’s heritage and cultural diversity.   Santiago de los Caballeros is an important center of local industries and businesses in the D.R. It is an empowered city known for its noticeable development and growth during the last 5 decades. With a little over 1 million people, Santiago has a vibrant cultural life, restaurants, and local associations and institutions that promote and preserve the most important traditions of the Dominican culture.

Dominicans love for music, carnival, baseball and gastronomy are highlights to explore in La Ciudad Corazon.

Daily Life

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Daily Life


Every day brings new discoveries and fun, but you can always count on a perfect balance between interactive instruction, excursions and free time! Here's what to expect on a typical day:

  • 7:00 am: Get up and have breakfast at your dorm/hotel
  • 8:00 am: Walk or take public transportation to CIEE for morning instruction
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Interactive class with a local teacher. Format may change to workshops or guest lectures, depending on the day.
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00pm: Find a fun spot to grab lunch with your friends (your program tuition includes a stipend for lunches).
  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Gather back at CIEE to go on today's cultural activity or excursion.
  • 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Each activity or excursion is designed to echo what you learned in class that morning.
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00pm: Free time! Hang out with your friends and shop. Commute back to your hotel/dorm.
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Dinner
  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Wrap up any homework. Usually just readings or personal research for your project.
  • 10:00 pm: Lights out!

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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Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Enjoy weekend trips with Dominican peers to whitewater raft, swim in waterfalls, and snorkeling in the warm waters of the Caribbean 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 the Northwest region of the Island and get immersed in the culture of rural Dominican Republic with itstraditions, merengue music, and local gastronomy, while bathing in a river, eating locally grown mangos, and meeting villagers.  You'll spend the last day relaxing at the sea, snorkling and exploring the country'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 the urban life in the capital of over 4 million people 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

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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Costs

Summer Session I 2022 3 weeks Feb 16, 2022 Jun 12, 2022 Jul 2, 2022

$4,250

Summer Session II 2022 3 weeks Feb 16, 2022 Jul 10, 2022 Jul 30, 2022

$4,250

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