- Receive personalized advising on service opportunities and program options that are the best fit for you. You will receive confirmation of the community-based organization you have been matched with before departure.
- Begin your transition to daily life in your new country and culture on the Bridging Cultures Program, our in-country orientation.
- Benefit from the ISA office, located near the PUCMM campus in the neighborhood of La Loteria. Enjoy the company of your fellow service-learning participants and ISA students, practicing Spanish with our staff, Wi-Fi internet, and a short walk to the ocean
- Have the opportunity to earn academic credit.
- Demonstrate the professional, cultural, and personal competencies you acquired while on the program through reflection-based assignments and activities that make up the ISA Service-Learning Portfolio.
Founded in the late 15th century by Columbus’ expedition, Santiago is known as the “Heartland City” of the DR. The city serves as an epicenter for baseball, commerce, and culture. The surrounding area is full of mountains, beaches, and jungles, providing residents with endless opportunities to enjoy the nature and laid-back atmosphere.
Service fields include youth centers, nonprofit pharmacies, human rights organizations, and many others. Through service at a local organization and guided reflection activities, our goal is to help you gain a better understanding of the local language, culture, and community.
Each service-learning placement is unique, so please visit the ISA Service-Learning website to learn more about the specific placements and program options available in Santiago. We especially recommend Santiago for those interested in health clinics and youth development.
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• Comprehensive advising and support
• Visa support
• Bridging Cultures Program, the on-site cultural and academic orientation
• Meals and laundry service
• Guaranteed placement with community based organization
• Full-time resident staff with a maximum 20:1 student to staff ratio
• On-site ISA office, computer and internet access (WiFi)
• Airport reception
• Cultural activities
• Medical insurance
• 24-hour emergency assistance
• On-site transportation stipend
• Project materials stipend
• Donation to host organization
• ISA Service-Learning Portfolio
• One year digital subscription to The New York Times