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Study Abroad Programs at City College

CCNY International Service Learning Program- Domincan Republic



Summer 2015


4 Credits

This program combines a specialized course to examine the history and culture of the Spanish- speaking Caribbean and service activities to support the social and economic development of the region.  Students explore themes related to colonialism, popular culture and religious practices, and discuss the real and fictitious elements that characterize modern ideas of what constitutes Caribbean culture.


Academic requirements for the course

Participants will analyze primary source readings and develop command of theories and paradigms used to deconstruct discourse, text and other materials. Instruction focuses on the micro history of the Caribbean;commercial strategies based on concepts of race, identity and gender; and Caribbean mythology, explored through the analysis of songs, short stories and poetry.  Class topics are examined within the following theoretical framework: deconstructionism, Foucault, textual studies, gender studies, feminism, and ethnic theory, studies of race, and Caribbeanist discourse. Additional workshops will be offered to complement the service-learning project.

Service Learning Component

" ADESJO (Association for the Development of San José de Ocoa), is a community-based nonprofit organization which carries out a wide variety of community development projects in the townships located in the San José de Ocoa province. Students participating in the Dominican Republic service learning program will take classes in the capital city of Santo Domingo and make multiple trips to San José de Ocoa to contribute to the reforestation and housing improvement projects. Students will work alongside community members, who take a leadership role in all development projects, and take meals and sleep directly in the communities that they will be serving. The reforestation project will take students through the step-by-step process, from choosing the site to be reforested to soil rehabilitation, seed incubation and planting and care; while in the housing improvement project students have the opportunity to improve the living conditions of rural families by fortifying and improving constructions, installing modern devices, painting and making repairs. The students will have the opportunity to be immersed into Dominican Culture, and will be exposed to the inner workings of a successful grassroots development organization which carries out projects such as irrigation, greenhouse and gardening, education, gender and energy".

Program cost includes

  • Application and placement with host organization
  • Housing in FUNGLODE/GFDD -approved residences
  • Orientation and training
  • Arrival and departure transfer to/from airport
  • Transportation to and from service learning site
  • Welcome Lunch
  • Farewell dinner
  • Excursions and cultural visits (meals are include)

Important Dates (mandatory meetings):

- Interview with Study Abroad: TBA
- Pre-Departure Orientation: TBA
- Deadline for payment of Program costs and CUNY - Tuition:TBA
- Deadline for all Application Materials: April 30th, 2015

CUNY-Tuition (4 credits)

Program Cost: TBA

(meals are not included)

Airfare: $400-$500.00