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January 5 - 17, 2014

This program is designed to provide an understanding of the socio-cultural and political history of the Dominican Republic through service learning, where students will work with local volunteers and children. Students will also be required to stay with local families to discuss their experience on the "Batey", a mixed community populated by Dominicans and Haitians working in agriculture.

The Dominican Republic is in the beautiful Caribbean, sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and constituting the eastern two-thirds of land. The landscape is forested and mountainous, with valleys, plains and plateaus. The soil is fertile with excellent beaches on the north, southeast, and east coasts, rising up to the mountains.


Students will earn 3 URI credits for PSC 415: Dynamics of Social Change in the Caribbean. No previous Spanish language study required.

Housing and Dining:

While in the Dominican Republic, students will stay in double occupancy rooms. Breakfast and lunch will be prepared and provided Dominican style.

Cultural Activities:

Students will engage in cultural activities and excursions while in the Dominican Republic including:

  • Visits to Santo Domingo, Esperanza, and Samana
  • Workshop on the political history of the Dominican Republic
  • Visit Museums and Historic Colonial Zone
  • Cultural presentations

Program Fee:

In-State: $2870.00      Out-of-State: $3425.00

3 URI Credits Round-trip airfare Accommodations
Two meals per day Supplemental MedEx insurance Local medical insurance
In-country transportation Program related excursions  


NOTE: Program fee includes a $1000 scholarship from the John Hazen White Center for Ethics and Public Service.

All fees subject to change



Program Deadlines
Application Deadline: November 8, 2013 Final Payment Due: December 26, 2013


For more information, please contact:


Program Director URI Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator
Professor Maureen Moakley Kelly Watts
Department of Political Science Office of International Education
401-874-4055 401-874-2019


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