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AT A GLANCE/LOCATION
Ever wonder what fair-trade labels means to the workers who attach them? In the Dominican Republic – one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean – your experiences will shine a light on this and more. Examine their socio-economic challenges, and help improve their lives. Through coursework, fieldwork, internships, activities, and excursions, you’ll also improve your Spanish skills, and add valuable skills like research methodology, grant writing, critical analysis, and public speaking to your resume
Founded in 1495 by 30 caballeros from Columbus’ early expeditions, Santiago is a growing, modern city with a population of more than 800,000. Despite its sprawling size, Santiago retains many small-town features. Traditional merchants ride burros loaded with baskets of goods and call out their wares in a musical chant. Street vendors balance large baskets of fruit and vegetables on their heads. People are friendly and crime is scarce. The people of Santiago like to play dominos, listen to merengue and bachata music, and talk about baseball.
Pre-Requisites for Program/Eligibility
An overall GPA of 2.50 is required to be considered for this program.
Mid-August – Mid-December
AREAS OF STUDY
- Public Health
- Social Work
to find the list of available courses.
Homestay (three meals per day are included)
1. Administrative Fee: $150
2. Belmont Tuition:
Student will first pay Belmont tuition and then be charged a Program Fee for the difference in total provider program cost and what has already been paid for Belmont tuition. If the provider program costs less than Belmont tuition, the student will only be billed Belmont tuition.
Students are responsible for booking their own international travel.It is recommended that students wait to be accepted fully into their program before booking their airfare.
- Visit free-trade zones, schools, clinics, NGOs and more – last year’s visits included a fair-trade clothing factory and sugar plantation.
- Unwind at tropical Samaná Peninsula, where you’ll marvel at mangroves at Los Haitises National park, swim at one of the DR’s most beautiful beaches, and visit Salto El Limon, and the magical Lemon Waterfall.
- Get skills you need for a global career by earning a Teach English as a Second Language certificate or completing a course in community service.
- See the economy in action with weekend excursions. Visit Dajabón, an economic development zone on the Haitian-Dominican border region. Visit Santo Domingo and Haina to learn about the slave and sugar trades.
- Explore national parks like Lago Enriquillo, Bahia de las Aguilas, and el Hoyo de Pelentito.
- Take one-day trips to Jamao del Norte, the Hermanas Mirabal Museum, and La Vega during Carnaval season.
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
How to Apply
- Spring Semester Programs: October 15
- Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: March 31
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in.
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application.
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1) Belmont’s Study Abroad Office application, which requires:
Step 2) The Provider application, to be completed SIMULTANEOUSLY with Step 1:
- Passport photocopy
- Online questionnaires
- Signature documents
- You must submit the provider application and all requested documents directly to the provider by the Belmont Abroad Office deadline, regardless of the deadlines set by the provider organization.
- Instructions for completing the provider application will be provided on your Belmont Abroad Office application. You should contact the provider directly if you have further questions about the application.
- Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted both the Belmont application and the provider application.
Office of Study Abroad • JAAC 1009
CIEE Service-Learning Program in Santiago, Dominican Republic
Ever seen a fair-trade label on an item you’ve purchased? That means the item supports small producers in underdeveloped countries like the Dominican Republic, the second-poorest country in the Caribbean. Examine some of the great challenges the Dominican people face, and actively work to improve their lives on CIEE’s Service-Learning program. Through coursework, fieldwork, internships, cultural activities, and excursions, you’ll also improve your Spanish skills, and gain new abilities in research methodology, grant writing, critical analysis, and public speaking.
Study abroad in Santiago and you will:
- Enjoy an internship placement in a service site corresponding to your academic interests
- Expose yourself to an experiential, collaborative learning model through grassroots and community-based engagement and learning
- Engage yourself in promoting community action and change through applied field research and a Capstone Project
- Build portfolio of practical life and job skills such as undergraduate research, grant writing, critical analysis & problem solving, and public speaking and presentations in target language
- Be a part of an ongoing and co-curricular rural partnership in organic farming and environmental justice
- Visit sites of cultural, economic, and social importance, including the Free Trade Zone, the Dajabón bi-national market on the Haitian border, Boca de Nigua and Engombe (historic ruins of slave-run sugar mills). Visits include readings, debriefs, and facilitated group reflections on each experience
Find out more.
Please check the CIEE website for final program dates, and speak with your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor prior to booking airfare.