DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

Travel to a Caribbean paradise where medical and public health challenges are prevalent. Provide medical, educational, and development support to rural Dominican communities – all crucial pieces of the public health puzzle on the island.

THIS PROGRAM IS NOT OPERATING FOR THE 2022 SEASON. IT IS CURRENTLY PLANNED TO RETURN IN FUTURE SEASONS. SEE THE DATES & TUITION SECTION BELOW FOR UPDATES.

Highlights

FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE™ PROGRAM

  • Gain fieldwork experience that will introduce you to public health and medicine
  • Talk with health and medical professionals about health access in rural island communities
  • Discuss the intersection of global health with politics, economics and the environment
  • Swim in the natural caves and majestic cenotes of Dudu Lagoon
  • Go for a spectacular boat ride and snorkel in the crystal blue seas
  • Enjoy your island hideaway at Home Base, just a quick stroll away from a white sand beach

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

Program Overview

On this program you will challenge your preconceptions of health and community care. Learn about the differences between public health and medicine, and how community wellbeing depends on both. Receive guidance from local medical professionals and begin to understand what being an island healthcare worker is all about. Discover the seven critical elements of human security and determine how health care fits into the picture. Gain field experience by doing physical work and sanitation projects that are public health-focused and aim to improve the lives of hundreds of Dominicans living in poverty. And while you’re diving into deep, meaningful projects, you will also have time for adventure while you’re here. Explore to your heart’s content, as coastline, jungle and Caribbean culture surround you at every turn.


Click here to view a short video from our service partner, 7 Elements, about the small community we will be doing service with this summer. It’s called La Colonia, and the video goes into detail about the community, the issues they face, and how we can help.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

Community Service

Calling all aspiring doctors and nurses, future public health professionals or any teen passionate about making a difference! This program is your chance to uncover how public health and poverty are strongly linked. You will volunteer at health intervention programs, an inspiring and eye-opening experience, as you shadow medical professionals while they provide pro-bono consultations to patients in at-risk communities. Spend time ensuring that pop-up medical clinics operate smoothly by working in various stations such as evaluations or pharmacy. Then, tackle public health projects on the island that prevent disease, and see how initiatives such as water tank distribution can contribute to locals’ long-term health.

Immersive Learning

Health doesn’t fall solely under the responsibility of doctors and nurses. Gain deep insight on how political, economic and environmental systems each have a role to play in global health. Key to this immersion experience will be your opportunity to shadow medical professionals and observe practices for providing health services.  In at-risk communities on the island, you’ll come to discover how crucial public health work can be in making a real difference between healthy and sick neighborhoods. Learn how community engagement is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty. Nightly seminars will be your chance to learn from the experts and share with your peers. And finally, don’t forget that you’ll be immersed in Caribbean culture from the moment you set down on the island, with all the authentic food to eat and music to enjoy that you can imagine.

Adventure

We all know that fun in the sun is essential to maintaining good health. Adventure is just what the doctor ordered! From its endless tropical coastline spotted with palm trees and jungle canopies, to dramatic cliffs hugging along white sand beaches, this island is yours to explore. Take a boat ride over the clear Caribbean Sea and discover delicate marine ecosystems as you snorkel. Visit a spectacular ecological park, Laguna Dudu, where you’ll find mythic blue cenotes and a natural cave that you can swim in. Spend a fun day at a local hangout spot, enjoying the fertile valleys and rivers nearby. And be sure to take the time to enjoy the island’s white sand beaches, just a short walk from Home Base, for a true Caribbean experience.

Lodging

Take a dip in the pool under the Caribbean sun. Stroll with your new friends and staff over to the nearby beach to enjoy the sand and surf. Your Home Base on this program is a is a rustic ecolodge built from local materials in the style of the Taíno people. While you’ll be off on program activities often, enjoy these amenities while you’re hanging around Home Base during downtime. 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.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

Dates & Tuition

Everything you need to know before you apply.

14-Day Program
Ages 14-19
2023 Dates
Coming soon…
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,899
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
Lodging: Ecolodge

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

To save your spot, a $600 deposit and $95 application fee are required.

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GLA HOME BASE:
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CARING SUPERVISION &
EXPERT LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
SAFE
TRANSPORTATION
HEALTHY FOOD
& PURE WATER
24/7 SUPPORT &
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

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