Communication Sciences & Disorders Program with Spanish Language Immersion

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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.

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

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9.5 Rating
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  • Academics 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.8
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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.
2 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!
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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..."
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Whitney
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great bilingual program

This is the only bilingual speech therapy program out there! It was such an amazing experience to get to meet others with the same passion as you. I learned so much about the development of children regarding speech and fine and gross motor skills all in Spanish. I think that prepping this camp was a great opportunity to see what planning and working with children with different disabilities would be like. It gave me hands-on experience working with these children. Also, observing the bilingual speech therapists on the trip during their screenings of children helped me gain a better understanding of the evaluation aspect of this field. This program expanded my knowledge on vocabulary in Spanish in this field and helped solidify my passion to become a bilingual speech-language pathologist.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
We climbed down a ladder on our hike to this cave pool and dove in!
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Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

DR Bilingual Experience

This experience was incredibly special and unique. I had the opportunity to set up a speech and language camp that was designed to help nine local children. We were all assigned a child that we would be responsible for observing the entire camp. After the camp, we had to write observation reports about our child. This gave me so much hands-on experience, and taught me things about this field that I would have never learned in a classroom. I was the only participant from Iowa, and because of this trip I am excited to present to everyone everything I learned. Having two licensed and very experienced SLPs on this trip with us was also amazing. We were able to observe informal clinical observations of a variety of different children from the DR. The best part of it ALL was that every single part of it was in Spanish! I grew as a student and as a person because of this program.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing we did was going to eat at this amazing Indian Retreat place. They had all of us sit inside a tent on pillows. All of our plates were just big leaves, and when our food came out we could only eat with our hands. It was bizarre and a great experience.
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Kaylin
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome bilingual immersion speech-language pathology experience!

This program met all my expectations and further, going above and beyond to make us 12 students feel comfortable, safe, and have fun! We ran a 6-day Tykes camp for children with communication disorders and delays, observed some screenings, and went on many fun excursions, like jumping in cave pools and going to the beach. Almost every night we had dinner on the beach, and we even learned bachata and went out dancing for Latino night! The hotel was right by the school and many dinner locations, and had a pool to dive into after a sweaty morning's work! There was always enough down time in the afternoon to rest up for the evening and the next day. This experience is wonderful for anyone looking to garner experience in bilingual speech-language pathology and have lots of fun along the way!

What would you improve about this program?
I think there were some excursions, like meeting the only SLP in the Dominican, that could be more organized, and additional water activities could be added. It would also be cool to have more hospital observations of therapy, because our observations were primarily screenings done by the SLPs in the program. That was an awesome experience, but seeing actual therapy would be an improvement! The camp was a great idea, though more selectivity in what kinds of campers can come would be advised. However, the leaders are awesome, and I know they're already looking into improving upon many of these things!
3 people found this review helpful.