Students Committed to Service Alternative Spring Break Experience: Dominican Style!
March 6–15, 2020
An eight-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 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 held on Wednesdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
- 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
Airfare from Ronald Reagan National Airport to Santiago, Dominican Republic
- $135 -Passport
- $150 - Bus fare to/from airport
- $150 - Personal expenses
- Immunizations (costs vary)
$2368 - Tentative Total Program Costs
Subject to change based on current market rates and the number of participants
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Registered for Spring 2020
- Apply by October 31 online
A limited number of participants will be accepted.
- Judicial and academic records reviewed
- Personal Interview with Student Committed To Service faculty/staff leaders
- November 15
- Signed waivers to Study Away Office and copy of Passport
- A $550 deposit is required to hold your place in this program
- December 1
Outreach360 registration and $100 deposit required
- December 13
Air/Bus fare balance (if necessary)
- January 31
Emergency Preparedness Workshop (mandatory)
- February 1
- Obtain immunizations
- Submit balance O360 donation
- February 5
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 orchard 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.