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  • Locations: Sosua, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer, Winter (Fall Reg.)
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Open to: USF Students Only Level of Study: Undergraduate
Credit Offered: USF Credit Program Primary Subject: Art and Art History, Entrepreneurship, Global Health, Health Policy and Management, Health Sciences, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Society, Culture, and Language, Women's and Gender Studies
Eligibility Requirements: Honors College Student Sponsoring College: Honors College
Program Advisor: Nancy Di Bella
Program Description:

Program Overview

Program Dates: December 9-19, 2018
Global health challenges require interdisciplinary solutions. If you are interested in global health, no matter your area of study, you should consider this service-oriented trip. The Honors College partners with The Kerolle Initiative for Community Health based in Sosúa, Dominican Republic to provide a 10-day immersive experience in culture and global health. The team of students will volunteer in 4 or 5 mobile medical clinics, help construct sustainable projects to increase food security, and assist with arts and education programs in the community. Additionally, students will learn about global health from Dr. Reginald Kerolle, founder of the Kerolle Initiative, shadow physicians in the clinics, and learn about Dominican culture and Spanish language from instructors working with the Kerolle Initiative. Students interested in healthcare, engineering, medical anthropology, the arts, entrepreneurship, and public health will be enriched by this opportunity. Students enrolled in Dr. Davidson’s IDH 4200 GeoPerspectives course will be joined by six other students for the December, 2018 trip. This will be the Honors College’s fourth trip partnering with the Kerolle Initiative. 

Some students & Dr. K

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Sosúa is a coastal town located in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic. Located in an area referred to as “The North Coast,” it is a part of the Cibão region, known for its beautiful mountains and lush valleys. Students will stay in homes just outside of Sosúa, in a quiet community appropriately named, Bella Vista, meaning “beautiful view.” The residents of Bella Vista have frequently hosted USF students over the past two years and are known for their hospitality, generosity, festive spirit, and deliciously authentic Dominican cuisine. 

Sosua, DR


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Host Institution

Kerolle Initiative for Community Health  is a not-for-profit philanthropic organization founded by doctor Reginald Kerolle in November 2007 with the goal of providing free health services, prevention and education programs to people who live in remote rural communities both in Haiti and Dominican Republic.This is an organization open to everyone who wants to make a difference in people's lives with no regards to religions, politics and gender. They believe that humankind is a giant family and serving people unconditionally is what gives sense to our lives.

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Academic Program and Course Information

This 10-day service trip is attached to the IDH 4200 service-learning course offered Fall 2018 term in the Honors College. 

There are internship opportunities for a small number of students that are not enrolled in the IDH 4200 courses but would like to apply for the trip. Any students not enrolled in IDH 4200 this spring will be registered in one credit of IDS 3947 (internship), and this tuition will be waived by the Education Abroad Office.

Students must be in the Honors College to participate in these volunteer service experiences. Selected participants will be required to attend three pre-departure meetings in addition to the general pre-departure orientation through Education Abroad. The service component of this trip entails a health and community development focus. The program includes: field clinics, ability to gain awareness on public health and the medical systems in the Dominican Republic, opportunity to gain basic practical medical skills, and ability to observe historical and cultural points of interest that delineate the country’s historical timeline.

A Post-program meeting will take place after students return to campus. Students may also participate in Honors College International Day, Study Abroad fairs, or other international travel/cultural events at USF. 

Students will experience language immersion through home-stays and have opportunities to practice both Spanish and Creole during the trip.

This volunteer, community service trip will allow students to earn hours for both community service and shadowing. 

Opportunities for future research will be investigated during the trip. Students with ideas for and interest in future research should talk to Dr. Davidson.

Students with Dr. K at school

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Lindy Davidson is a full-time visiting faculty member in the Honors College at USF. She studies health communication, particularly as it pertains to children, end-of-life and disability. Dr. Davidson has traveled throughout Latin America as a participant and leader in service projects in Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. She is proficient in Spanish and has experience visiting hospitals and health clinics serving poor populations in Latin America. She has been leading students on this trip since December of 2016.

Dr. Lindy Davidson
Faculty Leader
Honors College

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Program Costs

Program Cost: $1,868 + tuition


  • Accompaniment and on-site program direction by USF Advisor/Program Coordinator
  • International airfare Tampa-Puerto Plata-Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic-Tampa
  • Double occupancy accommodations in community homes
  • All meals
  • Clean drinking water
  • All program related, in-country transportation
  • Site visits to the Kerolle Initiative, hospital visits, field clinic, Puerto Plata tour, community health event, environmental health event
  • Health Insurance

Not Included:

  • Personal spending (snacks and souvenirs)
  • Passport or visa fee
  • $10 D.R. entrance fee paid in cash upon arrival
  • Luggage fees


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Living Arrangements

Students stay with a Dominican host family in Sosúa, which offers a great opportunity to practice the Spanish language while learning about the Dominican culture. 

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Who Can Participate?

This program is hosted by the Honors College and open to any Honors College student. Students interested in global health are encouraged to apply, no matter their major. Some Spanish speaking ability is suggested, and students fluent in Spanish should note this on the application.

Studens working in DR

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

Tickets for flights to/from Tampa International Airport (TPA) have been arranged by the Education Abroad Office on behalf of the Honors College. Team members will fly together from TPA to Puerto Plata (POP) and return to TPA from Santiago de los Caballeros Airport (STI). International Airfare is included in the program cost. 

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

Students working with Dr Kerol

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed safety and health information given in our Pre-Departure Guide before you travel. Also, don't forget to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Honors College students are eligible to receive funding directly from the Honors College for travel, and any Honors College student accepted for the trip will be automatically considered for available awards. Additionally, many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

With questions regarding the program's academics:

Dr. Lindy Davidson
Faculty leader

Questions regarding education abroad application process, and payments:

Nancy Di Bella
USF Education Abroad
Phone: (813)-974-1969

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This program is currently not accepting applications.