First to Go Abroad Program: Santiago, Dominican Republic
The First to Go Study Abroad Program offers an intense, focused exploration of race and identity issues in the Dominican Republic. As an extremely diverse nation with a complicated history of foreign occupation, the DR is the perfect location to discuss ideas of national, racial, and social identity. As a cohort of first-generation college students, LMU students will have the change to examine cross-cultural differences and similarities in the greater context of higher education access and attainment. Daily activities, excursions, and lectures will give students a solid grounding in Dominican history and society, and will allow numerous opportunities for hands-on cultural learning and exchange. While no credit is awarded for this program, students can expect to learn a great deal. Short but highly relevant nightly readings will be required, and all students will be expected to participate fully in program activities and discussions.
Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, is surrounded by mountains in the lush valley of the Cibao region. Places of historical, cultural, and ecological interest are nearby, and it is just a little over an hour’s drive to the Atlantic Coast. Known as La Ciudad Corazón (City of the Heart), Santiago is the commercial and cultural center of the fertile Cibao Valley region, housing over 100 industrial free trade zone factories, the León Jimenez cultural center, and the commercial street of Calle del Sol. Although it is a growing city with a population exceeding 800,000, Santiago retains many features of a small town.
HOUSING AND MEALS
Participants will stay with carefully selected local host families, and will be given two meals daily in their homes along with healthy snacks and juices. Students will also receive a meal stipend for the 3rd meal each day unless another group meal is provided.
Below is a list of co-curricular site visits and activities. All admission fees and transportation are provided.
Tour of Centro Cultural Leon´s Jiménes anthropological exhibit
Historical city bus tour
Fruit & Vegetable “Discovery Tour” of El Hospedaje market
Site visits to Santo Cerro and La Vega Vieja
Walking tour of Santiago´s Haitian Market and Mercado Modelo
Visit Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration
Visit Parque Duarte and Fortaleza San Luis and its eclectic museum
Visit sites relevant to the history of Las Hermanas Mirabal and a mountain coffee plantation that was once the personal mansion of Dominican Dictator Trujillo
View a documentary about Dominican Carnaval; discussion afterward
The program will also provide two full-day excursions:
Batey Bayaguana visit and fruit-tree planting project, including guest lecture by Dr. Lesly Manigat, plus eco-adventure at 27 Charcos
Playa Ensenada beach trip and snorkeling option at Cayo Arena on last day in the country
For more information, contact:
the Academic Resource Center
or the Study Abroad Office
Von Der Ahe 130