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Program Description


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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 7 - Sunday, March 15, 2020

  • 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:
  • IDS 394 (non-majors): A Taste of Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic (1 or 3 credits)**
  • IDS 401: Applied Study (3 credits)
  • OGL 365: US Peace Corps (3 credits)**
  • LST 470: Liberal Studies Seminar: A Taste of Peace Corps (3 credits)
  • FIS 494: Study Abroad Dominican Republic (3 credits)
  • GTD 598: Study Abroad Dominican Republic (3 credits)
*This program can also be substituted for USL 402: Service Learning Educ & Youth / USL 410: Diverse Community Issues credit for Peace Corps Prep students when taken for 3 credits.

**Please note that the course for which you register counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

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. Mary Jane Parmentier
Clinical Associate Professor
School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Julia Tebben
Peace Corps Campus-Based Recruiter

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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.

Special Considerations

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.

Physical Considerations

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. 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.

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.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

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 our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $2,845.

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: Tuition for the one- or three-credit course, 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

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.