Students Committed to Service Alternative Spring Break Experience: Dominican Style!
An eight-day excursion that allows students to experience service-learning by visiting the remote village of Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. Students will 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 the culture of the region and interact with the Dominican citizens.
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 (Day/Time TBA)
- Participate in group fundraising efforts, community service, and social events.
- Contribute to and participate in the final presentation in April.
$900 Outreach360 donation includes:
- Seven nights at 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 Beach
~$600 – 800: Actual cost will be determined on a later date
Airfare: Departing airport TBD to Santiago, Dominican Republic
- $160 -Passport
- $150 - Bus fare to/from airport
- $150 - Personal expenses
- Immunizations (costs vary)
~$2090 - $2290 - Tentative Total Program Costs
Subject to change based on current market rates and the number of participants at the time of travel.
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Registered for Spring 2022
- Apply by the designated deadline.
A limited number of participants will be accepted.
- Judicial and academic records reviewed
- Personal Interview with Student Committed To Service faculty/staff leaders
Signed waivers to Study Away Office and copy of Passport
- Outreach360 registration and $100 deposit required
- A $600 deposit will be charged to your student account to hold your place in the program upon your acceptance.
Emergency Preparedness Workshop (mandatory)
- Obtain immunizations
- Submit balance O360 donation
Travel Safety Network Meeting (mandatory)
Michael Baronner, Penn State Altoona’s landscape team leader. Michael’s agricultural expertise is essential in the development of sustainable orchards and crop fields.
Victoria Hesser, Program Assistant. Victoria has acted as a program adviser and facilitator of logistics following University protocol for the program since 2010.