Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Sosua, Dominican Republic
- Program Terms: Summer
- Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
|Kerolle Initiative for Community Health 2017||
Please note that this 7-day, summer break program does not carry any class credit. While there are no class meetings, selected participants will be highly recommended to attend 1 pre-departure meeting, in addition to completing general pre-departure modules through Education Abroad. The service break trip entails a health and community development focus. You will have the 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. In addition to language immersion through homestays, students will attend Spanish class as a part of the program itinerary. This service trip will allow students to earn hours for both community service and shadowing. Opportunities for future research will be during the trip. If interested in research please contact the program leader (email@example.com).
The clinical activities will deal with visiting various hospitals in different areas, clinics, and shadowing. The demographic in the Dominican deals with a lot of hypertension, diabetic patients, and maternal health issues. We travel to remote areas to conduct the mobile health clinics and provide free care for these patients. Each student volunteer will take a part in aiding the clinic. Some days we will go and inspect other communities and survey them for their quality of living, people in the household, any issues, having bathrooms or not, having running or not, etc. This information and more will be helpful for the clinics as we can plan accordingly. We will also visit Haitian Batey communities in the Dominican Republic. Clinical activities will be during the morning so the rest of the day will be free for us to explore the Dominican Republic with the Kerolle Initiative. Traveling costs for the clinical activities are sponsored by the Kerolle Initiative, so they are included in the program cost.
Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, is surrounded by mountains in the lush valley of the Cibao region. Places of historical, cultural, and ecological interest are nearby, and it is just a little over an hour’s drive to the Atlantic Coast. Known as La Ciudad Corazón (City of the Heart), Santiago is the commercial and cultural center of the fertile Cibao Valley region, housing over 100 industrial free trade zone factories, the León Jimenez Cultural Center, and cigar factory, and the commercial street of Calle del Sol. Although it is a growing city with a population exceeding 800,000, Santiago retains many features of a small town.
Students stay with a Dominican host family in Sosua, which offers a great opportunity to practice the Spanish language while learning about the Dominican culture. There is also the possibility to visit other cities in the area. The community is secured and has guards. There will be wifi and a phone, although, please understand due to the are it has limited access, weather and electricity permitting. Parents/Guardians will also have both the coordinators and the program director's phone number. USF Abroad will be in contact with the coordinator to make sure the trip is running smoothly. All meals (about 3 a day) are included. All program related, in-country transportation are included. The trip will include site visits to the Kerolle Initiative, hospital visits, field clinic, city tour, community health events, environmental health service events. The itinerary is included in the attachments.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:
This program is open to any students and/or family. Family members please contact the program leader (firstname.lastname@example.org). This program is best suited for students who would like to pursue a career in healthcare and/or public health or simply interested in service opportunities and traveling. Some Spanish speaking ability is suggested but not required.