Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (3 cr.)
Gain hands-on project management, critical thinking, intercultural as well as career skills through volunteering in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic!
“I highly recommend this trip to anyone adventurous who likes to make a difference in the world. The Dominican Republic has so much to offer and seeing how much of an impact we left in just a week was a feeling I will cherish forever." - Simone Race, Business
Spring (embedded), 2019 (May 16 - 25)
Service Learning in the Dominican Republic
The program in the Dominican Republic is 9 days long. It also includes weekly class meetings during spring semester. These classes cover culture, history, economic development, and small business.
Spanish proficiency is not required, but there will be many opportunities to practice Spanish, French, or Creole.
The service learning project will give students a chance to help Haitian immigrants and their small businesses in the Dominican Republic, in Puerto Plata on the north coast.
The Dominican Republic borders the country of Haiti. Both countries are developing economies, but Haiti is the poorer of the two. Thus the DR receives many Haitian immigrants. We will work with Project Esperanza (Hope) which helps these immigrants develop small businesses. We will help these businesses to improve their access to markets, web presence and overall operations. Students will also visit cultural and recreational sites in the Dominican Republic.
Students will stay in a hostel type setting in Puerto Plata. Meals will be served at the hostel - the hostel is close to downtown and beaches.
No prerequisites; open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.3. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.
Participants will earn 3 semester hours of Virginia Tech academic credit for the following course:
- MGT 3954 for undergraduate students
- MGT 5954 for graduate students
This course can also be substituted for the Area 7 requirement. These credits count as elective credits and help to complete the requirements of Pamplin’s International Business Minor and Business Leadership Minor.
Students must write a journal or blog of their experiences. Keeping a journal and completing observations on cultural differences between the Dominican Republic and the US is required. Participation in all activities of the program is required.
Estimated program fee is $1,500 which includes lodging and meals. Tuition is included in Spring semester for VT students enrolled full-time. Non-VT students must pay 3 credits tuition plus a $75 surcharge. Click here for a cost breakdown.
University Tuition & Fees
Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term: http://www.bursar.vt.edu/
Please click on the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page and follow the instructions. Acceptance is on a first-come-first-served basis. There are 20 seats available for the program. This program is open to any Virginia Tech students.
Application Deadline: November 1
Once you are accepted into the program you will get an email about paying the $500 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable, unless for some unforeseeable reason the trip is cancelled. You may make the payment to your student account, then call the Bursar’s office at 540-231-6277 and designate the payment for your Study Abroad trip.