Monte Crisit, Dominican Republic

Alternative Spring Break: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Alternative Spring Break: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Students Committed to Service Alternative Spring Break Experience: Dominican Style!

March 1 - 10, 2019

Program Description

An 8 day excursion that allows students to experience service learning by visiting the remote village of Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. Students will be able to make lesson plans, teach English to elementary students in their home schools, and/or participate in a sustainable agricultural project. Students will also have the opportunity to explore culture of the region and interact with the Dominican citizens.

Program Requirements

The success of the Alternative Spring Break program depends on the responsible and enthusiastic participation of all team members.

Students will be responsible for the following:

  • Participate in the Students Committed to Service group
  • Attend group meetings before/after the spring break trip
    • Fall semester - one or two meetings
    • Spring semester - mandatory weekly meetings held on Wednesdays,  5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Participate in group fundraising efforts, community service, and social events.
  • Contribute to and participate in the final presentation in April.

Program Costs

$900 Outreach360 donation includes:

  • 7 nights @ the Outreach Volunteer House in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
  • In-country transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Participation in an Agricultural/Sustainability project
  • Tour of the city of Monte Cristi
  • Visit the Haitian border
  • Visit the historical Morton Salt Flats
  • Hike the limestone cliffs of the El Morro trail
  • An afternoon in the sun at national park beach, El Morro

Airfare from Ronald Reagan National airport to Santiago, Dominican Republic


Other Expenses

  • $135 -Passport
  • $150 - Immunizations
  • $150  - Bus fare to/from airport
  • $150 - Personal expenses

$2344.51 - Tentative Total Program Costs
Subject to change based on current market rates and number of participants

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Registered for Spring 2019

Application Process

  1. Apply by October 31 online
    A limited number of participant will be accepted.
  2. Judicial and academic records reviewed
  3. Personal Interview with Student Committed To Service faculty/staff leaders


  • November 15 - Signed waivers to Education Abroad Office
  • December 1 - A  $440 deposit is required to hold your place in this program Outreach360 registration and $100 deposit required
  • December 15
    • Air/Bus fare  balance (if necessary)
    • Submit copy of passport to the Office of Study Away
  • January 23 - Emergency Preparedness Workshop (mandatory)
  • February 1
    • Obtain immunizations
    • Submit balance O360 donation
  • February 3 - Travel Safety Network Meeting (Mandatory)

Program Advisors

Michael Baronner, Penn State Altoona’s landscape team leader. Michael’s agricultural expertise is essential in the development of sustainable orchard and crop fields.

Kaitlin Farnan, Instructor in Marketing. Kaitlin joined the program spring of 2018 imparting  her knowledge and skills as a world traveler to the team.

Victoria Hesser, Program Assistant. Victoria has acted as program advisor and facilitator of logistics following University protocol for the program since 2010.

Adam Plucinski, Instructor in Engineering. Adam joined the program spring of 2017 imparting his Agriculture Engineering experience and expertise.