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Dominican Republic: Global Health Initiative™

Dominican Republic: Global Health Initiative™

Provide medical, educational and development support to rural Dominican communities—all crucial pieces of the public health puzzle.


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  • Gain fieldwork experience that will introduce you to public health and medicine
  • Work with public health professionals on addressing health access issues
  • Discuss the intersection of global health with political, economic and environmental systems
  • Work on ongoing sanitation projects
  • Go for a boat ride and snorkel in crystal blue waters
  • Swim in the natural caves and cenotes of Dudu Lagoon

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A primer for studying medicine or public health, this program is designed to give a progressive experience—you’ll challenge your preconceptions of health by learning about the differences between public health and medicine, and receive guidance from medical and public health professionals. Learn about seven of the critical elements that create the spectrum in which healthcare is dramatically affected, and gain field experience by doing physical work that is public health-focused and aims to improve the lives of thousands of Dominicans living in poverty.

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Community Service

Health and poverty are strongly linked. The Dominican Republic’s poorest residents live in bateyes—marginalized settlements—in tin and cardboard shacks without potable water. Work on public health projects that prevent disease, and see how initiatives such as providing cement floors and bottle bathrooms can contribute to locals' daily and long-term health. Volunteer at health intervention programs, shadowing medical professionals as they provide pro-bono consultations to patients in at-risk communities. Spend a day ensuring that mobile medical clinics operate smoothly by supporting setup and filing. Finally, knowledge is power, especially with staying healthy! Help educate youth and families on developing healthy habits.

Hands-On Learning

This program is built around a curriculum designed by GLA’s local program partner, 7Elements. You’ll learn through experiences in the field and lectures and discussion at Home Base, that health doesn’t fall solely under the responsibility of doctors and nurses. Gain deep insight on how political, economic and environmental systems also intersect to create the vast global health spectrum. Shadow medical and public health professionals and observe practices for providing health services on the ground in developing communities. Learn how community engagement is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty and poor public health for good.

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Hundreds of miles of coastline define the DR—some of it white-sand beaches, other parts lined with dramatic cliffs. Ride a boat over clear, warm water and learn about delicate marine ecosystems while snorkeling. You’ll also visit a beautiful ecological park, Dudu Lagoon, where you can explore mystical blue cenotes and swim in a natural cave. Spend a day at a local hangout spot, enjoying the fertile valleys and rivers near Home Base.


Home Base is a rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. The beach is just a short walk away, and students have access to a swimming pool onsite. Students will share rooms with roommates, and have shared bathrooms with cold-water showers. Food will be healthy and locally sourced, including meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fresh fruit.

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Dates & Tuition

Dominican Republic: Global Health Initiative™ 14-Day Program
2019 Dates
Jun 11 - Jun 24, 2019
Jun 27 - Jul 10, 2019
Jul 13 - Jul 26, 2019
Jul 29 - Aug 11, 2019
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,899
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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When people think of Global Health, they think of shots and vaccines and medical care, but global health extends so far beyond those boundaries. Global health asks the question, why. Why is that mother sick? Why is that child missing out on an education? I am passionate about global health because it is health and well being of individuals from a holistic view. Global health is not focused on science, but instead it focuses on people, and that humanitarian focus drives my everyday life.

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