Creighton’s Service Learning Program Abroad, Encuentro Dominicano, is Creighton’s own study abroad program facilitated through a collaborative effort by the Creighton College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS), the Office of International Programs (OIP), the Department of Residence Life, and the Division of Student Services. Courses are taught by the Academic Director and other visiting Creighton faculty members. During the semester, students will spend time in the campo for 10 days at the start of the semester and then 10 days at the end of the semester with their host family. The cohort will spend time in the campo working on a sustainable project planned beforehand. The campo immersions allow students to see life in Santiago outside of the city and ILAC and deeply immerse them into the Spanish culture with their host family. Space on each semester cohort fills fast; if you are interested, submit your Encuentro Dominicano application to the OIP as soon as possible!
The curriculum and program are specifically designed to make it easier for students of all majors and all colleges to participate in Encuentro. You will take classes that satisfy various components of the MAGIS Core. The program's website can be found here: https://www.creighton.edu/encuentro/aboutthecurriculum/
• EDP 362: The Dominican Republic in Context and EDP 461: The Crucified People of Today. Two 3-credit courses in which classroom learning is integrated with service-learning and cultural immersion. These courses fulfill two portions of the “Integrations” requirements of the Magis Core Curriculum. CLICK HERE for course details.
•6 Credits of Intensive & Immersion Spanish. Courses set to meet your specific level and take you beyond.
• Additional elective course taught by visiting Creighton professors. (Opportunity varies each semester) Examples of past electives include: Cuba and The US: A week long immersion trip to Cuba to learn about Cuba and the United States and their historical relations. COM462: Gender, Work, and Organizing: A 3-week long COMM class studying gender in the workplace. SPN571: Latin American film Studies: This course is held at our partner school in Santiago and centers around viewing and analyzing Lain American films. Transportation is provided to the class everyday and it is taught in beginning/intermediate Spanish.
• Participation in service-learning opportunities, including a weekly service site.
As a result of this experiential approach to learning, students split their course time between the formal classroom setting, their assigned service sites, academic trips, and in our campo immersion site. Students find themselves to be busy, but constantly challenged.
Students will live in dorms that have a maximum capacity of four to six students per room. Each room has its own private bathroom and shower. Students will be supplied bed linens, bath towels and a mosquito net. There is wi-fi, however, internet is not always consistently reliable.
Other ILAC facilities that are available for student use include a library, volleyball court, running track, student lounge, dinning hall, kitchen, a classroom, chapel, laundry room, health clinic, computer labs and several open space areas for studying or resting. As there are other people besides Encuentro Dominicano students that stay at ILAC, students will be expected to live in community not only with each other, but also with other student groups and medical teams.
The Student Life Director lives at ILAC and is the first responder in medical and safety situations. In the case of any illness or injury, the Student Life Director will accompany the student to the doctor or hospital. All medical needs including private transportation to the hospital are at the student's expense. It is required that students purchase traveler's health insurance prior to departure.
Please refer to the "Budget Sheets" link above
The Dominican Republic is a sovereign state occupying the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western one-third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two countries. The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area at 48,445 square kilometers, and 3rd by population with approximately 10 million people, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city.