This course is intended to give students first-hand knowledge of the history, genealogy, politics, education, art, music, and food of the Dominican Republic. Students will have the opportunity to participate in several cultural and historical excursions and in service-learning projects in three focus areas: health care, education, and food security. Students will be asked to choose one of these three areas to conduct an intensive research study as it relates to the everyday life of those living in this area. Students will conduct research prior to the trip on his/her focus area and apply this research to experiential learning opportunities in the Dominican Republic.
The course will begin with several on-campus meetings prior to departure and upon return (see course calendar). Students will be expected to attend all on-campus meetings. Students will also be required to read and discuss three short readings related to the history of the Dominican Republic, cultural climate, and civic engagement. From there, we will spend 7 days in the Dominican Republic engaging in service-learning projects and cultural excursions. Primary focuses will be on: (1) cultural diversity; (2) civic engagement and social responsibility as it relates to health care, food security, and education; (3) and an overview of history and politics.
Dates are listed below.
January 9, 2013 (On-Campus)
February 6, 2013 (On-Campus)
March 6, 2013 (Pre-Departure)
March 9-March 16, 2013 (Dominican Republic)
April 3, 2013 (On-campus)
April 24, 2013 (On-Campus)-Final presentation/paper due
Ms. Christie Poteet (World Studies) Department, have developed an amazing study abroad in the Dominican Republic during Spring Break. This 8-day study abroad includes:
Day 1- North Carolina to Dominican Republic
Day 2- Santo Domingo & Monte Plata, driving tour of Santo Domingo, visit to the ACES School, San Cristobal
Grocery shopping for the week
Day 3- Azua Water Project. Meet with community officials, water engineers, & Agua Bueno CEO. Visit water project site
Day 4 -Medical outreach in Peralta/Naranjito, Azua. Visit fair trade banana farm, meet with workers and producers.
Day 5 - Food Outreach in Haiti Mejia, Monte Plata
Day 6 -Non-fair trade Coffee Farm Visit. Learn about coffee production & meet with growers and producers
Day 7 - Azua Water Project. Visit water project site, work alongside community members on project completion
Day 8 -Dominican Republic to North Carolina
**Above daily schedule is subject to change**
Program Fee includes:
■ Roundtrip airfare from North Carolina to the Dominican Republic
■ Transportation within the Dominican Republic
■ Housing (Minimum 2 students per room)
■ International Health Insurance (Required)
Program Fee Does Not Include:
■ UNCP Study Abroad Application Fee ($50)
■ U.S. Passport fees
■ Airline baggage fees or overweight baggage fees (if applicable).
■ Tuition/fees for WLS 2990 – Study Abroad (3 credits total). Must be paid in full, prior to departure.
■ Books for 3-credits hours (if required).
Program fee: $1,500
You must have approval from the Study Abroad Coordinator. You must register for WLS 2990 – Study Abroad (3 credits) during spring 2013 semester. You must attend all pre and post on-campus meetings.
This is an approved study abroad program through the Center for International Programs and World Studies Department, and may qualify for financial aid.
In order to qualify for financial aid a student must be registered for full-time studies (minimum 12-credits) in the spring. Most grants, loans, or scholarships should apply to this approved program. Please direct all questions about student financial aid eligibility to the Financial Aid Office.
-You will need to have a valid US Passport to participate in this study abroad. Please visit the Department of State website for a US Passport application: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
-Students must travel to/from study abroad destination with group.
All students at UNC Pembroke are eligible to participate in the Dominican Republic study abroad, provided that they meet the following minimum requirements:
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012
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