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GIE: A Taste of Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic
Playa Las Canas, Dominican Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Spring Break
Areas of Study:
Global Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Peace Corps, Sustainability
Program Type:
Global Intensive Experience
Language of Instruction:
Internships Available:
Graduate Courses Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Mandy Nydegger
College Sponsor:
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


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DR - Community Music

DR - Community Project

This program is designed to offer participants a "taste of Peace Corps." Participants will work side-by-side with currently serving Peace Corps Volunteers to implement high-impact Peace Corps-style projects in Dominican communities. Students will experience a simulation of Peace Corps life in regards to professional work, community engagement, and cultural exchange.  A home base is established in Playa Las Canas on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, and students make day trips to nearby community service sites for hands-on learning excursions.

Experiential learning experiences include building bottle schools/clinics out of recycled materials in a rural community, snorkeling to observe the impact of unchecked development on coral reefs and local fish populations, and building a sustainable vertical garden and a visit to Dudu Ecological Park. Through this work and in meetings with grassroots leaders, students will explore topics of environmental sustainability and will learn how environmental degradation
affects island communities that rely on their natural surroundings as a source of income.

Quick Facts

  • Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 10, 2019

  • Connect with the Peace Corps* community to get a "taste of the Peace Corps"

  • Help implement ecologically sustainable projects in rural areas

  • Volunteer alongside locals in a Haitian batey

  • Engage with leaders working on community development projects

  • Participate in a site visit to a current Peace Corps volunteer

*Not an official partnership with the United States Peace Corps

Application Requirements

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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Location Details

The Dominican Republic is a Spanish-speaking country on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.  The island maintains a vibrant culture encompassed by its traditional dances, folklore, and love of baseball.  Our home base will be on the north coast in Playa Las Canas.  Here you will will become part of the fabric of this rural community and discover the spirit and strength that Dominicans exhibit in every aspect of life.  We will make day trips to nearby community service sites for hands-on learning excursions.

Visa Information

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 Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

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.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all majors, but preference will be given to those students who have taken BIS 355: Peace Corps Seminar.  


Students will register for one of the following courses during the Spring registration period:
  • BIS 394 (non-majors): Dominican Republic Study Abroad, “A Taste of Peace Corps" (1 or 3 credits)
  • BIS 401 (BIS students): Dominican Republic Study Abroad, “A Taste of Peace Corps" (1 or 3 credits)
  • BIS 360 (OGL students): Topic: US Peace Corps (1 or 3 credits)
Students can earn credit towards Peace Corps Prep in lieu of USL 402 or 410 when taken for 3 credits.

Course Format

Students who opt to take the course for 3 credits will write a project proposal paper in Session B after returning from the Dominican Republic.   

While abroad, daily class will be held in the mornings/evenings before and following experiential learning projects.  An open discussion model will be used.  Participants will have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions with the program leaders, currently serving volunteers, community members and leaders, and with international organizations.  Daily writing assignments will also be given.
School Group


Faculty Director

Dr. Jessica Hirshorn
Senior Lecturer, College of Letters & Sciences

Julia Tebben
Peace Corps Campus-Based Recruiter

Bottle House


DR - Home Base

Program Housing

We will have our own “Home Base Lodging” established in a private eco-lodge in Playa Las Canas for the duration of the trip.  Local staff is on site 24/7, and meals (3 meals per day during the duration of the program) are prepared/served in an on-site dining room.  Rooms are double occupancy with private bathrooms.  The lodging is a cluster of thatched-roof chalets constructed with a design that reflects the local Taino community of the region.


Accessibility Information


Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Accessibility is a challenge in rural areas of the Dominican Republic. Students will have to navigate uneven surfaces, stairs without railings, and unpaved dirt roads while walking.  The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

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Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2019 is $2,790.

Program Fee includes: Housing in double rooms, three meals per day, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  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.

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.


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

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Opportunities for Funding


  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/15/2017
Rolling Admission 03/03/2018 03/11/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed.
Spring Break 2019 11/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/02/2019 03/10/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed