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Community Engagement & Service

Dominican Republic

DR Dominican Republic Alt Break

The Program:

Coming soon!

Engagement Itinerary:

Saturday - March 11, 2016
(Exploring the African Presence in Santo Domingo)
Tour of Zona Colonial - includes a tour of Christopher Columbus’s house, the site of the first slave revolt, the first hospital in the Western hemisphere and other historical remnants of the colonial era; a critical observation of the artwork and souvenirs sold in the shops; and lunch
Dance Lesson - will provide a brief history lesson on the African (and Haitian) influence on popular dances in the Dominican Republic
Tour of the Malecon and Dinner at Restaurant/Club
Nightly Reflection/Group Activity

Sunday - March 12
Beach Visit to Boca Chica, a site well-known for sex tourism
Lunch on Beach
Dinner with Carlos Andujar, a Dominican scholar on Afro-Dominican history and culture
Nightly Reflection/Group Activity

Monday - March 13
Visit to Caminante, a shelter and community center for at-risk youth
Activity with Caminante
Nightly Reflection/Group Activity

Tuesday - March 14
Day #2 at Caminante
Visit university, international non-profit, or local grassroots agency (possible panel on our thematic topics)
Nightly Reflection/Group Activity

Wednesday -March 15
Site visit to Miss Rizos (will include her personal story on Afro-Dominicana identity, cultural movement creation, social media influence, and entrepreneurship)
Site visit to Xaivier Ringer’s local mural project, which could include engaging with Dominican youth or helping to paint a mural
Nightly Reflection/Group Activity

Thursday - March 16
Visit to Museum featuring Haitian and Dominican Art
Meet with international and grassroots organizations that support Haitians/Haitian-Dominicans
U.S. Embassy Meeting

Friday - March 17
Meet with Dr. Wigfall-William’s colleague, Oli Bichell, and receive lecture on her work in bateyes
Trip to Bateyes [You may want to think about an activity that could be completed in cooperation with a community-based organization already working in the Bateyes]
Meet with local leaders within bateyes, interact with residents

Saturday - March 18
Panel featuring domestic workers and local activists groups
Personal time for students
Planning Session for Activism Phase in D.C./Re-engagement

Farewell Dinner
Sunday - March 19
Travel back to DC

Quick Facts

Destination: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Cost: $1360

Dates: March 11-17 2017

Adviser: TBD

Cost includes: Airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, guides, admission fees, travel insurance, and administrative fees

Cost does not include: visa and immunizations


Meet Your Student Leaders!

Hannah Olivieri is a second year graduate student in the International and Intercultural Communication program at the School of International Service. Before coming to study at SIS, Hannah spent three years in Japan as an educator in a rural junior high school. When she returned to the United States, she took up a position as Co-President of the JET Program's alumni association (JETAASC), serving on the Board of Executives upon completion of her term. Most recently, Hannah was the resident translator, interpreter and marketing coordinator for Otafuku Foods, Inc., a Japanese sauce manufacturing company, where she also facilitated meetings, translated technical production manuals, and interpreted for meetings, press releases, and official functions. Hannah’s academic interests focus primarily on the fields of public diplomacy and cross cultural training and she is currently designing a self study project to write training curriculum for students wishing to study abroad at Cuban universities. Hannah will be interning at the Foreign Service Institute in the Fall plans to continue working in the field of cross-cultural training and diplomacy after graduation.