Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Promoting Children's Rights & Education

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Information for term Promoting Children's Rights & Education

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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Expand your understanding of the issues surrounding at-risk youth in Dominican society and engage with this population through activities such as English lessons, workshops, and arts & crafts.

With CIEE, you’ll work with an NGO to help provide at-risk youth with vocational training and English-language learning. Your work helps these children gain the skills they need to find better-paying jobs, and perhaps even break the cycle in which they are living.

Enjoy everyday city and rural life in a Caribbean island nation. Swim, stroll, shop, explore – at a laid-back island pace.

In your free time, you’ll enjoy the warmth of the Dominican people, who just may share with you their passion for dominos and baseball, as well as the stunning beauty of this Caribbean jewel that few tourists see.

  • 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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Santo Domingo displays a colorful mix of American, Dominican, and Haitian cultures.

The capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, is also its largest city with a population of nearly 3 million. Santo Domingo was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, Christopher’s brother, and has ancient ruins and historic buildings well worth exploring.

The city boasts the first university, cathedral, and hospital in the New World, and its Colonial Zone has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

In the evening you can join in live performances of the two musical styles that originated in the Dominican Republic – merengue and bachata – at the Plaza de Espana or at the Monasterio de San Francisco.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Just when we thought we couldn't soak up any more sun... we headed to the beach! Today was a little bit different, in that we spent our service time with kids on an excursion, instead of the normal school site..."

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

  • Swim on white-sand beaches.
  •  Sail to Isla Saona aboard a catamaran.
  •  Discover ancient ruins and cathedrals.
  •  Explore Los Haitises National Park, which boasts some of the country's protected species.
  •  Practice pitching, hitting, and running in a clinic with a local baseball league.
  •  Browse traditional markets in the old city.
  •  Work on designing a mural with a local artist.

View a sample itinerary.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


December 1


  • No previous language experience required.
  • 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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