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  • Locations: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Drexel Spring Break in Dominican Republic: Culture, History, Community

Santo Domingo

Program Overview

This Intensive Course Abroad, Culture, History, and Community Engagement in the Dominican Republic, offers students a unique opportunity: to explore the rich culture of the country within an urban setting, the capital city of Santo Domingo; to participate in civic engagement through working on a mural art project within a local community in the city; and to visit some of the island’s beautiful public beaches.
The Mural Painting and Community Exchange Project will be led by CIEE staff and by Xaivier Ringer ( The mural painting project fosters civic engagement and community exchange between Drexel students and Dominican community members as they work together towards a common goal: the creation of a mural that beautifies, and thus benefits, the community. The project provides a safe space in a Dominican neighborhood for students to interact with community members, and facilitates cross-cultural, community-based- learning.
Santo Domingo: Culture and History is led by Dr. Mariana Mendez and CIEE staff. The program places our contemporary experience of Santo Domingo within the country’s cultural and historical contexts. We will tour the capital’s Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage site; visit museums as well as cultural institutions and sites, such as the Fortaleza Ozama, the oldest European fortress in the Americas; and view the renowned murals at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD). In conjunction with CIEE, we will travel to the city of Santiago for a tour of the renowned cultural institution Centro León; visit the ruins of an 18th century sugar plantation in the town of Boca the Nigua; and spend some time at beautiful public beaches.

Check out the program highlights website created by Drexel 2016 student participants. 


Students will be registered for ENGL 399: Culture, History, and Community Engagement in the Dominican Republic as part of their spring term course load. This Intensive Course Abroad is 1 credit; students have the option of taking the course for 3 credits; if so, they will be required to complete additional work (details to be determined with the Instructor). Students must leave space for this credit in their spring term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. The course credit for this program is not optional.

Although there are no course pre-requisites, students will participate in two workshops offered by Drexel’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement during winter quarter and will also be asked to complete a series of readings about the Dominican Republic. 

Dr. Mariana Mendez, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of English and Philosophy

Program CalendarSanto Domingo2

Arrival Date: March 24, 2018
Departure Date: March 31, 2018
*Students may choose to extend their travel with days before/after the scheduled program, but must arrange independently.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1 

 Arrival in Santo Domingo, DR; welcome dinner with CIEE

Day 2 

 Colonial Zone: Parque Colón; Fort Ozama, Alcázar of Colón; Royal Houses

Day 3 

 Mural Project Orientation and Community Exchange Activities

Day 4 

 Mural Painting; trip to colonial sugar mill at Boca de Nigua; Playa Palenque

Day 5 

 Visit to Artecuseco Jewelry-Making Workshop; Playa Bayahibe

Day 6 

 Visit to Centro León in Santiago

Day 7 

 Mural Painting; Colonial Zone: Cathedral; colonial churches; group dinner

Day 8 

 Check out and Group Transfer to Airport

2018 Program Fee - $1,800

Due November 15, 2017 - $500 Advance Payment
Due January 15, 2018 - $1,300 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • 7 nights accommodation (double occupancy)
  • On-site airport transfer and local transport
  • On-site orientation
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 welcome dinner
  • Entrance fees
  • 3 co-curricular site visits
  • Supplies for mural arts project
  • On Call emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (Estimated):

  • Round trip airfare ($650)
  • Dinners and some lunches ($180)
  • Passport ($135)
  • Spending Money ($50)
  • Non-US citizens may be required to apply for a visa 

More Information

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.