Location
  • Dominican Republic
Term
Maymester, Short Term, Spring, Spring Break, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Communications Education Field Studies Food Science and Nutrition Global Studies Graduate Studies Health Sciences Kinesiology Language Studies Linguistics Physical Therapy Public Health Service Learning Speech-Language Pathology Sports Science +5

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Associates Bachelors Masters
Language
Spanish

Pricing

Starting Price
$3,750 USD
Price Details
Program tuition is $3,750. All costs are included less airfare.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Classes Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare
Sep 09, 2021
Jun 22, 2021

About Program

This two-week, Communication Science & Disorders program is based in the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic (DR) on the island of Hispaniola. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students ages 18 and up, this program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish speakers interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology (speech therapy), audiology or a related field. This is an optimal program for students who want to take advantage of learning from professional Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredited speech-language pathologists (SLPs), improve their Spanish and/or gain advanced Spanish language communication skills through an immersive program. Participating students will receive focused instruction on Spanish vocabulary and linguistic constructions designed to prepare practitioners for the workplace.

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Program Highlights

  • Hands-On Learning.
  • Spanish Language Immersion.
  • Resume Building.
  • Adventure Travel.
  • Observation Hours.

Program Reviews

8.73 Rating
based on 11 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 63.64%
  • 7-8 rating 27.27%
  • 5-6 rating 9.09%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Academics 8.1
  • Support 8.6
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 7.2
  • Safety 9.9
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Kelly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unique and Perspective-gaining Intercultural Experience

This is an excellent study abroad experience for aspiring SLPs looking for cultural immersion! Although overall it was really great, there were some details I wished I had known. This program is offered as a bilingual immersion to all levels of Spanish learners, but having earned a minor in Spanish through undergrad (but not considered advanced/fluent), I felt a little less prepared with how much I needed at first. However, I definitely learned a lot and came out of the program through perseverance, with improvement and confidence in speaking Spanish. Additionally, Tykes Camp with the kids was a little different than I had expected. It was interacting with the kids directly for 4 full days out of the 2 weeks, and was entirely in Spanish. We even wrote up our evaluation reports in Spanish. This was a surprising little challenge but forced me to learn and grow. During this camp, there was less focus on "speech" therapy and more on behavior regulation, so not quite what I expected to learn or practice, but still very valuable and applicable skills I can take with me into grad school. I loved that as an incoming graduate student, I was given the opportunity to run my own speech evaluation session on my own assigned case (and the undergrads and supervisors observed and assisted) which was a challenge that strengthened my personal and professional growth. Although we traveled there while COVID concerns were still lingering, we made the most of what we were able to do and felt safe. Everyone we met was amazing to work with and the group had so much fun together! The program leaders kept us very busy and I feel we made an impact in the time we were there. I'm very grateful I took the opportunity to experience this!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Even though you are probably out of your comfort zone, don't be afraid to try new things and speak up. Everyone is there to help with whatever you need, so try your best with the unique set of knowledge you bring. This experience is a special and rare opportunity for SLP students so jump in and make it yours!
9 people found this review helpful.
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Kameron
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Therapy Abroad in DR!

This an outstanding experience for students looking to gain hands on clinical skills and grow professionally, academically, and culturally. Therapy Abroad and the DREAM program provided the perfect balance between working hard and getting to enjoy the fun aspects of DR. We were able to learn about the culture of DR and try out some more "tourist" based activities like surfing and exploring the caves in Cabarete, while still working closely with students and the SLPs regarding speech services abroad. The owners of Therapy Abroad and supervising SLPs that attended provided endless opportunities for growth and learning, while adjusting to a variety of different skill levels and comfort zones. The other students that attended this trip were also absolutely AMAZING and I definitely left with life long friendships. On top of this, all of these experiences were done with the utmost safety in mind as we begin returning back to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic. I cannot recommend this program enough!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My best advice to any future students attending this program would be to keep an open mind, ask lots of questions, and document everything! The trip is ultimately what you make of it, so feel free to let the staff know if there is something specific you want to do or learn about. Also refreshing some of your Spanish language needed to work with kids and families, developmental language norms for 5-13 year olds, and any goals you want to work on prior to attending will help keep your time in DR more intentional - you only have two weeks and I promise you'll want to make the most of it!
10 people found this review helpful.
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Jennifer
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing, unforgettable experience; could use some tweaking

The best part of this trip was making life-long friends with all of the girls in our group, we all clicked immediately and were very uplifting to each other throughout the 2 weeks. We all came into this program with different levels of Spanish and experience in the field, but we all worked together to help the community in Cabarete. The tour guides were always so helpful and friendly; they fostered a safe and comfortable environment for everyone to feel free to ask questions and learn together. I definitely learned a lot though the experience of living there, interacting with the local community, and learning about the culture of DR in an immersive environment. I wish more focus and organization would have gone into the SLPs teaching "a semester's worth of info" clinically about bilingual speech pathology. We did have many discussions about our experiences there and general questions about speech, but sometimes our questions, both individually or as a group, were left half-answered.
On the plus side, in addition to working with the kids there for speech, there were a lot of culturally-focused activities and excursions that were included in the trip as well that were also fun (surfing, hiking, dancing, beach trip).
Overall, it was amazing and life changing. It definitely was such a unique experience that will set me apart from others in the field and I will definitely use all of what I learned in my career down the road.

What would you improve about this program?
Lower the cost of tuition; the cost of living there is very cheap. All of the people in our group agreed it could have been much less to charge students for this opportunity. At least it could have been justified by an itemized list of why it was priced out that way. I would like to know if any of the money was donated to the organization we worked with while we were there, or if it just went to Therapy Abroad. Obviously it costs money to hire people to work for the company, but it still seemed a bit excessive.
I also wish we would have had more time to work with the kids. Although we did make a big impact, we could have dedicated more days for the speech camp itself. It was rewarding as well as challenging to try and address their speech/language concerns, but it would have been mutually beneficial to give them a longer opportunity to work with us.
Again, I would not take back this experience for the world, but it could have been made a bit more affordable and more focused on delivery of services.
I would still recommend this to any aspiring bilingual SLPs!!
10 people found this review helpful.
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Logyn
5/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Bilingual Communication Sciences and Disorders Program in the Dominican Republic

This experience has allowed me to walk away with many, many valuable friendships. This program gave me the opportunity to meet like-minded people that enjoy helping people, traveling, and Speech Language Pathology as much as I do. I was able to experience the Dominican culture in a unique way for which I am immensely grateful for. Due to the unique nature of a Communication Disorder related study abroad experience I feel this program has massive potential. Unfortunately, while it was fun to travel and experience Dominican culture, I felt the academic aspect of this program fell short. I had expected to observe SLPs evaluating, diagnosing, and treating children. I had also expected to then carry out those same procedures myself with the guidance of an SLP. Majority of the students in this program were around undergraduate level. I had just graduated with my undergraduate degree and therefore have no experience with evaluating, diagnosing, or treating. During the program I felt like I should have came prepared with that knowledge since there wasn't opportunity to observe. A few of the enrolled graduate students were allowed to perform an evaluation. Throughout the two week program, 4 of those days were dedicated to working with the children. The other week days consisted of planning for hypothetical situations and discussions. We had the opportunity to perform an unguided screening but there was no formal evaluation or diagnosis. I feel this program may better suit graduate students that are almost finished with their degree or recently graduated SLPs.

I'm excited to see this program grow and change. We definitely need Speech related study abroad opportunities and bilingual study abroad opportunities. I would love to come back as an SLP and support this program and watch what it can be become.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring bug spray to treat your curtains and mosquito nets!! The windows are screens so you can spray those too!
7 people found this review helpful.
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Abby
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun and educational!

On this trip, during a pandemic so some things may be different once that is done, we were able to work with children and explore the DR! So fun! My Spanish exposure amazing!! The trip is a bit pricey but the people you meet and the experience has the potential to be worth it if you make it. I really enjoyed growing in my academics and as a person. I would suggest this trip for all level of Spanish speakers. Definitely pushed me to go outside my comfort zone. I really love all the people I met on the this trip and can’t wait to see where they end up in the field!

What would you improve about this program?
Give the students more information on SLP related preparation such as SOAP notes and such.
9 people found this review helpful.
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommended program for personal, academic, and clinical development

Therapy Abroad's Dominican Republic program was a well-structured, safe, fun, and unique way to help children, develop clinical skills, and broaden appreciation for other cultures and populations. There was good balance between work and play, with multiple excursions to local hot spots. The support was phenomenal, in terms of both academic and clinical goals from the SLPs, to general safety and well-being. The summer camp truly challenged us as participants, but I think we all came away with a significantly greater understanding of how to structure speech-related activities for kids. Accommodations and food were good. We stayed at a hotel that was walking distance from the summer camp (2 of us per room). The hotel offered a lovely breakfast spread every morning, and it was a comfortable place to unwind at the end of each day. Lunch and dinner was always plentiful and delicious, featuring a variety of local restaurants (mostly classic Dominican food, but also some twists on familiar dishes, like pizza).

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be ready to jump right in! Although it's not required, it would be helpful to come with ideas of games, songs, or activities, including possibly bringing basic art and craft materials from home. I also wish I had gone in knowing more about the history there, as it would have given greater context to the experience.
16 people found this review helpful.
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Vanessa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Therapy Abroad-Dominican Republic

My trip with Therapy Abroad to the Dominican Republic is by far one of the best experiences of my life. Before this trip I had experiences shadowing various SLPs but the exposure I had on this trip was so different, in the best way possible. During the trip I was immersed in their amazing culture, I got to meet so many wonderful people who are passionate about helping others, and I learned so much about the field I love. The accommodations were great, food was delicious and I always felt completely safe. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in field, everyone at therapy abroad is so kind and helpful. You'll fall more in love with the field and meet so many amazing individuals! I am so grateful to have been a part of this.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy every single moment because the second you leave you'll be wishing you were still there!
15 people found this review helpful.
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julianna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SLP experience in the DR

From the day I arrived in the town of Cabarete, I felt at home because everyone on the team gives you a warm welcome. The people of Cabarete are very welcoming; I never felt unsafe in the town. Having the opportunity to work with kids was an unforgettable experience, you learn and grow so much. The camp was 6 days and we worked with 9 children with speech problems. My partner and I were in charge of pretend play and everyday we planned new activities to have the children engaged. We were also assigned to observe a child throughout camp and later we met with our child's parents and teachers to exchange information and write an observation report. I also noticed how much they are in need of speech pathologists in Cabarete and the rehab center in Puerto Plata, which is why I would love to go back once I become an SLP and advocate for my Latino community. If you are planning on becoming a speech language pathologist I definitely recommend Therapy Abroad. You will have an unforgettable experience that will follow you through your career.

What was your funniest moment?
There were many but one of them was when we would sing the songs we sang with the kids at camp at random times. We would be in the bus or out having dinner and someone would start singing one of the songs. One of them was "vengan a ver la selva es hermooosa..."
16 people found this review helpful.
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