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Contact us:
Marjorie Ramos
[email protected]
Learn while giving:
Service learning in the
Dominican Republic
International Affairs Office
Universidad Iberoamericana
Francia Ave # 129, Gazcue
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Learn while giving:
Service learning in the
Dominican Republic
Program Description
Learn while giving:
Service learning in the Dominican Republic is a two-week
program that combines in-classroom Spanish language
instruction and cultural immersion, with a special focus on
service learning experiences in the Dominican Republic. This
program intends to provide participants with a unique
intercultural service learning opportunity. Cultural immersion
contents will allow international students to experience
everyday Dominican life, local traditions, values, behaviors,
and beliefs from an insider perspective. In addition, the
program offer plenty of time for immersion in Dominican
Republic’s underserved communities, giving students the
opportunity to contribute to those communities, while
getting a chance to get to know our beautiful island, having
fun by learning and discovering our rich history, beaches,
villages, and outdoor adventures. Santo Domingo is a city of
many “firsts” in the Americas, designated by UNESCO as a
World Heritage Site.
Day 3 - Monday
UNIBE Santo Domingo Campus Tour
1st SPANISH CLASS: 3-4 hours. (Three levels are offered: basic,
middle and advanced)
Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour
Day 10 - Monday
UNIBE Cap Cana Campus Tour
LEARNING SPANISH through Dominican Cuisine:
Experiencing Dominican food – Visit to La Casita de Yeya’s
kitchen, a popular Dominican cuisine restaurant at Bávaro, to
a practical lesson on local food vocabulary and meal
preparation guided by its chef and cooking staff.
Day 4 - Tuesday
Guided visit to Las Malvinas community
Guided Tour to Engombe and Boca de Nigua Colonial Sugar
• Culture and Traditions
• Spanish Language
• Social Inequity in the
Dominican Republic
• Service learning
opportunities in the DR
• Dominican History
• Dominican Republic’s
everyday life
Expectations and goals
Custom designed and personalized approaches are available
in order to meet different educational goals and academic
profiles. When transferring credits, required equivalent hours
may be adjusted depending on the specific structure of the
Day 5 - Wednesday
Afternoon visit: Amber World Museum and Mercado Modelo
for having a vibrant experience with Dominican semiprecious
stones and a typical handicrafts and crafts market.
Lively modern Santo Domingo Shopping visit to Agora Mall
(Suggestion: Buy some souvenirs at Cosas del País)
Day 6 - Thursday
Service Learning Activity:
Reforestation at Parque Las Malvinas
Lecture: Social Inequity in the Dominican Republic
Day 7 - Friday
Education for Peace Workshop
Service Learning Activity: Mural painting with the children of
Las Malvinas
Program Outline
•International and visitor students interested in enhancing
Spanish language skills while learning about Dominican
life, culture, and traditions.
•Students from social sciences with interest on service
learning and community engagement.
•Faculty led college and university students groups from
second year level.
Day 1 - Saturday
Arrival in Santo Domingo (SDQ International Airport)
Day 2 - Sunday
Fun Trip -Two options available: Visit to Dunas de Baní, the
only desert in the Caribbean, or Excursion to 27 Charcos de
Damajagua (extreme sports)
Day 11 - Tuesday
LEARNING SPANISH through Dominican daily life:
Visit to Verón, a village near Punta Cana, to experience local
transportation (“motoconcho”) and typical Dominican local
businesses (“colmado”, “salón”…).
Day 12- Wednesday
Tour to the city of Higüey to visit the ancient San Dionisio
church, the modern Basílica and its museum, both
monuments dedicated to the Virgin of Altagracia, patron saint
of the Dominican Republic.
Day 13 - Thursday
LEARNING SPANISH through Community Service
Visit to Juanillo community.
Day 14 - Friday
Fun Trip –Scape Park at Cap Cana to experience the natural
lagoons, the cliffs, the tropical forests, and the dazzling
Juanillo beach.
Day 15 - Saturday
Departure from Punta Cana International Airport.
Day 8 - Saturday
Transfer by bus to Punta Cana, including two stops en route to
visit Los 3 Ojos natural grottos and Altos de Chavón Regional
Museum of Archaeology.
Students free to enjoy all-inclusive hotel facilities
Estimated cost per student
Day 9 - Sunday
Adventure & Fun–Day tour.
Ecotourism and adventure excursion to an interesting cave
complex with expert guides. Includes: hiking, horseback
riding, a 1-hour tour inside Cueva Fun-Fun and river bathing.
*Budget was prepared based on a minimum of 10
participants. Costs are subject to change according to the
length of the program and excursions / visits seasonal rates.
It includes registration, Spanish classes, lodging**, ground
transportation, and all program related study visits and
** Please note that lodging costs are estimated based on a
Single room hotel accommodation in Santo Domingo
(breakfast included), and a Single room all - inclusive hotel
accommodation in Punta Cana (Punta Cana or Bávaro area).

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