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Program Type: VT Engage Areas of Study: Service Learning
Program Description:
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Possible service projects include building gardens & water filters for families, & working with youth enrichment programs.

Why do you serve?
How can we work for a just world after this week of service?

Leave with a greater understanding of Dominican life, culture & history, nonprofit



Dominican Republic
Hato Mayor del Rey
Winter (January 4-12, 2018)

VT Engage Service Immersion Trip

We will work with our nonprofit partner, the Community Service Alliance who “empowers local communities in the Dominican Republic to challenge the status quo and improve standards of living.”

Possible service projects include building latrines and water filters for families, working with youth enrichment programs and supporting small women-owned business.

During nightly reflection sessions, we’ll dive deeper into the social issues we encounter during the trip, and share our perspectives. You’ll leave with a greater understanding of Dominican life and culture, nonprofit work, and service in an international setting.

This is a co-curricular program. Participants will not earn academic credit. 


No prerequisites; open to all majors and years (undergraduate and graduate.) 

The program will be working in remote locations. Students must be able to walk at least 1 mile on rugged terrain. 

Special note for DACA, undocumented, & international students
VT Engage is committed to the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and seek to uphold these principles in all that we do. This includes welcoming the participation of all undergraduate and graduate Virginia Tech students on our service trips, including our immersion trips. Our trips are enriched by participation from students of all backgrounds, perspectives, and identities.

However, due to recent changes in the U.S., we strongly advise students from outside the U.S. or who are undocumented (whether you qualify for DACA or not) to carefully read the information on Virginia Tech's Immigration Action page before considering applying for one of our international trips.

Application process 

Applications are required to be considered for this trip. The application deadline is October 1, 2017. Only completed applications will be considered.

Applications are reviewed by the VT Engage team and student leaders the week of October 2.

Invitations for in-person interviews are sent, and interviews are scheduled for the week of October 9. 


Estimated program fee is expected to be $1,850 including airfare. The fee of $1,850 includes ground transportation in country, food, lodging, translation services, and programming. The final costs will be determined once the group size is set; students are encouraged to develop fundraising activities to minimize the cost of the trip.

Financial Assistance
There is a limited amount of need-based financial assistance available. All applicants will be considered.

Contact Information

Staff Advisor: Eliza Wethey, or 540.231.5853.

Student Leaders:
Brooke Souders,
Abby England, 

Dates / Deadlines:

The above program is not currently accepting applications. It is likely that the application cycle has yet to launch for the upcoming year. Please inquire with the Global Education Office about the program offering.

This program is currently not accepting applications.