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January 2015

Students will spend two weeks in the Dominican Republic providing community service, promoting health and health education in a prenatal clinic, senior center, nutrition center, head start program and various villages.


Open to Nursing students only; preference given to juniors and seniors. Students will earn 3 credits for NUR 446: Directed Study. Pre-course work and orientation prior to trip is mandatory as well as a follow up post-trip session upon return to the US. Grades will be based on active participation, writing assignments, community health education project and fieldwork.


Course work will be supplemented with various cultural excursions including visits to Zona Colonial and Parque Colon.



The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the beautiful Caribbean. It shares the island with the Creole-French-speaking Haiti located at the western end of the island. The group travels west close to the Haitian border to a town called Matas de Farfan. This area is quite arid because of the significant rain shadow produced by the northern central mountains.

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will stay in a retreat center with dormitory style rooms of single or double occupancy. Breakfast and dinner will be provided.

Breakdown of Program Cost:
Program Fee:
Total Cost:


Program Fee Includes:
Two meals per day
In-country transportation

First and last night in

Santo Domingo

Travel to and from Santo Domingo
Round-trip airfare


 NOTE: All fees subject to change



Program Deadlines:
Application Deadline: October 3, 2014
Final Payment Due: December 1, 2014


For information, please contact:


Program Director
URI Faculty-Led Programs Office
Alicia J. Curtin, PhD, RN
International Center
College of Nursing
37 Lower College Road

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