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Dominican Republic Service Learning: Puerta Plata & Espaillat

March 3 – 10, 2024 (Spring Break)

The Dominican Republic makes up about two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the West Indies located in the Caribbean Sea. The DR shares Hispaniola with the country of Haiti. During this week long program, participants will be able to immerse themselves in a variety of service learning opportunities. Partnering with the organization 7elements, we will serve in the local communities on a variety of projects: housing, water, and basic medical necessities. We will be based at the 7elements campus, located in the town of Las Canas, which is on the northern coast of the country. Participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy two separate leisure days as we snorkel, enjoy a pizza party on the beach, and visit a beautiful blue lagoon. Join us as we experience local Dominican culture while taking part in some unique service learning opportunities!

Dominican Republic

This trip is intended for:
Students, faculty, staff and community members.

You will experience
Cultural immersion, service learning, and a touch of island life.

Learn more about this destination


All participants must take HUM 120 for credit or the concurrent continuing education course. The class will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to – 7:30 p.m. during the first eight weeks of the spring semester of 2024. The class will also meet on the Thursday following the trip for a time of reflection. Most of the classes will be via Zoom; however, the first and last classes will be in-person meetings. The cost of the continuing education class will be $49.



Fee Includes:

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • 7 Nights of Accommodation
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Service Learning Seminars and information sessions by 7elements
  • 2 leisure Excursions
  • Full-Time Local Guides
  • 24/7 On-Ground Emergency Support
  • Traveler’s Health Insurance & Liability Insurance

Payment Plan

Payments must be paid to our Business Office & can be made in person Mon. to Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays). They are located on the 2nd floor of the Brooks Student Center on the Davidson Campus, or in the Administration building on the Davie Campus. You can also call 336-249-8186 ext. 6341 to make a payment over the phone.

Deposit of $200 to hold spot (will go towards cost of the trip)

  • Sept 20th $200 (Non-refundable deposit)
  • Oct. 18th $500
  • Nov. 15th $500
  • Dec. 13th $500
  • Jan. 5th $380

Trip Leaders

Lead: Paul Stevens Paul_Stevens@davidsondavie.edu 

Assistant Lead: Amy Holmes Amy_Holmes@davidsondavie.edu 

After completing your Application Form, you will be contacted by the Director of International Education & one of the trip leaders & will be directed to pay a $200 non-refundable study abroad fee to the Davidson-Davie Community College business office to secure your spot. Keep in mind that space is limited and once the trip capacity is reached, applications will be closed, so pay your deposit as soon as possible to reserve your seat! Price and availability are subject to change. 

Scholarship Information

Davidson-Davie Scholarships: All study abroad participants who will still be a student at Davidson-Davie Community College during the 2024 spring semester & have completed at least 12 credit hours at Davidson-Davie will have the option of applying for partial scholarships. The application is now open & the deadline to apply is Sun. Sept. 17, 2023 by midnight. More information, including the Davidson-Davie Study Abroad Scholarship Application.

Gilman Scholarship: If you receive a Pell grant, you are eligible for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship which may cover up to the entire cost of the study abroad program. The application opens mid-August 2023 & the deadline is Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. More information, including how to complete the Gilman Scholarship application.