Engage in hands-on health advocacy and health education in the Dominican Republic! During this 8-day study abroad trip, you'll join a health education medical brigade, hike through mountains, and enjoy restful afternoons on the beach. You will work alongside USAID, local doctors, instructors, and classmates to improve the health and well-being of women and children on the island. The Dominican Republic is an ideal location to explore two very different health systems: the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Haiti’s healthcare system has been strained by the 2010 earthquake, which was followed by a deadly cholera outbreak. Meanwhile, on the other side of the island, the Dominican Republic has weathered similar situations with completely different health outcomes. Explore this theme and gain firsthand experience in health advocacy.
Spring Break 2020: March 7 – March 14, 2020
Volunteer to improve the health of children on the island
Hike through the mountains to a waterfall
Administer mobile health clinics to several local villages
Earn 1 or 3 credits in health advocacy
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.
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Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic. Follow the cobblestone streets and you’ll see the oldest cathedral in the Americas. Bordered by a large river and green space, Santo Domingo is the culturally-rich heart of the Dominican Republic.
Meaning “place of waters" Jarabacoa is an ideal place to experience rural healthcare. We’ll venture into the mountains exploring waterfalls and eco-health projects, and witness the vast array of tropical flora and fauna that makes up the landscape.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
Minimum 2.5 GPA
Minimum 45 credit hours completed, with C or better
Students will register during the spring registration period for ONE of the following courses:
EXW/HEP 452: Health Advocacy (3 credits)
EXW/HEP 394: Health in the Caribbean (1 credit)
*Please note that these courses count towards your Spring semester load. If registering for one of these courses will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.
Both courses will be offered 100% online (on Canvas). EXW/HEP 452 will be taught during Spring Session A 2020, culminating with the study abroad portion during Spring Break. EXW/HEP 394 will be a stand alone course taught during the Spring Break study abroad portion with some pre and post work.
You will stay in shared rooms. The program includes all meals.
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in the Dominican Republic, individuals with mobility disabilities will find that buildings and transportation are not widely accessible. Many streets and sidewalks are unpaved or not well maintained, individuals in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking will face challenges.
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in the Dominican Republic, public displays of affection between same-sex individuals can evoke stereotyping and comments from passersby.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in the Dominican Republic, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $2,800.
Program Fee includes: Housing, all meals, academic visits, cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 1 or 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, some meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.