Ever wonder what fair-trade labels means to the workers who attach them? In the Dominican Republic – one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean – your experiences will shine a light on this and more. Examine their socio-economic challenges, and help improve their lives. Through coursework, fieldwork, internships, activities, and excursions, you’ll also improve your Spanish skills, and add valuable skills like research methodology, grant writing, critical analysis, and public speaking to your resume.
What is Unique about this Opportunity?
- Enjoy an internship placement in a service site corresponding to your academic interests
- Expose yourself to an experiential, collaborative learning model through grassroots and community-based engagement and learning
- Engage yourself in promoting community action and change through applied field research and a Capstone Project
- Build portfolio of practical life and job skills such as undergraduate research, grant writing, critical analysis & problem solving, and public speaking and presentations in target language
- Be a part of an ongoing and co-curricular rural partnership in organic farming and environmental justice
- Visit sites of cultural, economic, and social importance, including the Free Trade Zone, the Dajabón bi-national market on the Haitian border, Boca de Nigua and Engombe (historic ruins of slave-run sugar mills). Visits include readings, debriefs, and facilitated group reflections on each experience
How do I apply?
Applying to study abroad is a 2-Step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but Cornell Approval must be obtained before your program advisor in Global Learning can complete any approval or nomination forms for the program itself.
For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.