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01/09/2012

getting to know J

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The past four months have been such an incredible experience. Working in the communities of Puchula and Hato de Yaque while meeting new families has transformed and forced me to open up to others while hearing their stories. There was never a day in the community, when I got inside a concho (Dominican Taxis) after a long day of work not learning new things about the people I worked with and their surroundings. Each member in the community has taught me something valuable that I’m sure I will take back to the States. I had the opportunity to meet with one special individual, who for the purpose of this essay will be referred to as J-Santiago, who has really educated me on one of life’s most important rules, and that’s to always be happy. J-Santiago is a nine-year old boy who lives in Hato de Yaque (roughly 20 minutes outside the city of Santiago). J-Santiago is a perfect example of a person who knows how to manage their work while enjoying life. Walking through his barrio and talking with J-Santiago, not only gave me an insight on how intelligent this nine year old is, but even through all the hardship and endeavors his community undergoes on a daily basis, he wakes up more days with a smile on his face hoping for the very best. J-Santiago lives with his mother and father in a small home made from banana leaves, metal scraps and cardboard. He is currently enrolled in a Sala de Tarea, what we would refer to back in the States as an after school program, that takes in children who are not enrolled into a Dominican Republic public school because of a lack of legal documents. Regardless of it all, this nine year old is always marching forward in life by not questioning what he doesn’t have, but rather appreciating the things he does have. J-Santiago told me, “I do it because it makes me happy and when I’m happy my mother is happy”. Not only is J-Santiago taking the little that he has and transforming it into endless possibilities, but he is also taking in consideration other people, something many adults, including myself, at times selfishly forget.

 As he gets older, J-Santiago does not hope to become a millionaire or own the latest things in life, he only wants, “to continue to be happy”. These words of a nine year old touch me dearly and made me reevaluate my priorities in life. I own part of my incredible experience here in the Dominican Republic, to J-Santiago, because his words and passion to enjoy life has made me grow more appreciative at little moments I have hear in Santiago from, waking up everyday, to having a family to go to after a long day of working.

- Ellery Kirkconnell

Oberlin College

 

Portrait of an Artisan

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Juana Evangelista Esposito Gonzalez is an artisan who belongs to Arte a Mano, an association of artisans that make traditional Dominican art by hand using recycled and natural goods.  She is the perfect example of a traditional artisan from the Dominican Republic.  She makes a living weaving straw into artistic hats, beach bags, purses, jewelry boxes, brooms, household goods, and decorations.  Her roadside store is deceptive: it is small, cramped inside, and has no light, but it is bursting with all sorts of woven works.  Known to many in the community as “the lady who makes hats,” Juana’s art is significant to herself, her family, clients, and the culture of her country.

 Juana was born in Gurabo, on the outskirts of the city of the Santiago.  Parts of this community are rural, but others are becoming more urbanized.  She learned the trade from her mother who was also an artisan who specialized in straw.  When Juana was seven years old, her mother started teaching her to weave to help the family.  She and her mother sold hats while her father worked in the fields as an agricultural laborer.  “Before, hats weren’t worth anything.  They only cost 5 or 10 cents,” she says.  However, straw hats are an integral part of the Dominican culture, especially in the campo.  When the hot sun beats down on farmers and those not lucky enough to find shade, a straw hat becomes necessary.  Juana stopped attending school after the sixth grade and continued weaving to help out her mother, who was also caring for twelve children.  Juana was the fourth--one of the eldest.  She never learned to read or write, only to sign her name.  When she was eighteen she married her neighbor, a childhood playmate.  Together they had seven children.  Their first child was born soon after they were married.  At that time, Juana lived farther away from the city than she does today.  Her and her husband’s house was right next to the highway that leads in and out of Santiago.  When they started a family, Juana began her professional career as an artisan to contribute to the family’s income.  She exposeéd her straw work on the front porch of her house.  In 1999 she and her family moved closer to the city off the side of the highway and her husband built her the small, wooden store on the side of the highway that she works in now.  When her husband had a stroke 8 years ago, he lost use of his left hand, and now cannot work.  Still, she sells enough to take care of her family.   

 Juana is well known for her art.  She has clients from the city of Santiago, clients from the campo who use her hats and household goods in their work, beach dwellers who use her art to shade themselves from the sun, and tourists who are mesmerized by her talent.  She is able to participate in more fairs as a member of Arte a Mano, but she is also invited to participate in other cultural events by the Centro León, a cultural center and museum, as well as other traditional events and tourist events.  She sells her art to farmers, the Centro Leon, and hotels in popular tourist destinations like Puerto Plata and Jarabacoa.  Her art is significant not only to her clients but also to herself and her family because she carries a legacy passed down from generations that has helped her family.  “That’s how I have maintained my family, she says, and that is how the traditional culture of the Dominican Republic has been remembered and celebrated. 

- Natalia Salazar

Clark University

ETINAR

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It would be tough to find anyone in the field of social work and non-profit organizations who would tell you their work is easy.  There are always obstacles to this type of work, sometimes external, sometimes internal, often both. Our work placements here in Santiago allow us to experience a lot of these obstacles and the frustration they can cause, but at the same time, we get to appreciate the successes (large or small) that make it all worth it.

For my part, working with FCID’s newest program, Estimulación Temprana por Infantes Nacidos en Alto Riesgo (ETINAR--Early Stimulation for Infants Born at High Risk) has been a learning and growing experience, but it hasn’t been easy. ETINAR was started just a few months ago as a program for mothers with 0-1 year old infants to learn how to help their children get the best start possible to their social, cognitive and physical development and to share their experiences, successes and questions with other mothers. As a new program, it is still in its initial and exploratory phase. We’re struggling with many of the typical problems for programs just getting off the ground: frequent absences from meetings, a constantly changing group of mothers in some communities, a certain level of skepticism and a shyness and lack of participation in many groups. To be honest, there are days when I have to fight disappointment. There are days where I wonder why we even bother—when we spend days preparing for a meeting and show up to an empty room, or when the group of mothers remains silent and withdrawn during a conversation or after a question. If the community that we’re working in doesn’t want to commit, how can we continue?

But that’s not the end of the story. While there are some days where I feel frustrated, there are others where I’m on top of the world. Small successes that might seem insignificant to others are often for me huge achievements and signs that my work is valid, understood, and important. When Noemi, a one-year old that hadn’t yet learned to crawl, put herself on her hands and knees just for a moment after we worked with her, I felt a sense of accomplishment. When a teenage mother arrived to a meeting excited to tell us that her 8 month-old achieved the task that they had worked on that week (whether it be eating with his fingers or playing peek-a-boo), I knew that she would keep coming back. And when one of our shyest mothers opened up about her past in a group conversation about self-esteem and its effect on their children, I was excited to think that she might leave with something to think about.

Ana, the supervisor of the program and my constant companion, always tells me: “If we arrive to a meeting to find only one mother there with her child, that’s one mother that’s going to learn today and one child that’s going to benefit from it.” I have to remind myself that if just one child can get a few steps closer to achieving their potential because of ETINAR, that’s enough to keep me going.

No, this work certainly isn’t easy. So how do you keep yourself positive when things aren’t going as hoped? How do we have faith that a program struggling in its beginning phase will eventually turn out to be successful? For me, it’s all about appreciating the small victories and the smiles of these children and letting those be enough to keep me working until the small victories turn into larger-scale successes.

- Kristina Buckingham

University of Denver

01/02/2012

Student Learning Outcomes Post Study Abroad

(Still) Living the DReam

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In Retrospect: From the Director’s Desk
by Elaine Acacio

In the CIEE SL office, we have a quote wall. One in particular is a Haitian proverb “piti, piti, wazo fé nich li” (little by little a bird builds his nest). This is fitting in many ways. Development and change take time. Learning to balance process and efficiency takes time. But it is also symbolic of dedication and determination.

In these last five years of directing the CIEE Service Learning program, I have taken away three major lessons. One, expectations on students and their academic rigor can be high if and always there is ample support and follow up. The second lesson may sound cliché, but it is the conclusion that you have to love what you do. Community development, collaborative work, and the constant reminders of the harsh realities of unequal distribution of wealth, power, access, and options—independently is challenging to digest, and collectively it can be downright discouraging. But what gets you through these challenges is not idealism, nor altruism, it is passion, drive, and love for what you do and the people you work with. The third lesson I often share with students during their first days in the Dominican Republic while dissecting the words of ‘service’ and social change, is the fact that you can change the world, but you don’t have to be the main (or only) protagonist.

As any educator will say, there is nothing more gratifying than witnessing the ‘click’ in your students: knowing that they are learning to balance task oriented priorities with that of process, that they aren’t romanticizing their experience and yet at the same time, they no longer see the community from a needs-based lens. We have had five years of constant reflection, evaluation and dreaming of how to do things differently to improve the experience for all our constituents—students, community partners, host and sending universities, and for CIEE staff. In study abroad time, we are still in our sophomore year, and while I don’t profess that we have finally conjured up the perfect combinations, the program is now at the point where we are oiling it rather than fixing parts. I am very proud of the loyalty of our community partners. I still remember doing exploratory meetings back in 2006 and explaining the term service learning and our participatory approach with community based research and often getting the response of, “lo que ustedes quieren hacer” (what you guys want to do) and now, fast forwarding 5 years, our community partners tell us what they want in terms of work and ideal student profile they need to get the work done.

Being a small niche program, we’ve had our share of challenges. From low student numbers, to trying to debunk misconceptions that service learning is “fluffy” and not academic enough, to constantly critiquing our footprints in terms of responsible development within communities we work with. Sometimes though, these challenges are what make this program a diamond in the rough. Students are able to get a unique experience of collaborative work and where the true junction of service and learning is fused and responsibility and commitment to the community supersedes the incentive of just making the grade. At the end of four months, students are sometimes in shock of the work they are able to accomplish. For us however, we consider the four months as a training period of sorts for students.

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Alumni Perspectives

“One of the biggest things I took away from my experience was that community development has parallels in places throughout the world, those in the DR with those in the US, and everywhere else… and what I found was that the best work and most success came from strength and determination within the community. That every place has leaders they just need a platform to lead on.”

“That sustainable development is a process and that you should not become frustrated or disillusioned by what may appear to be very slow progress; the process is what matters and it is essentially what makes development sustainable. You must involve and train the community, and realize and be open to learning from the community and from the process, and not enter the process thinking that you have all the answers, because you never do.”

“Many great lessons - but most importantly the idea that every community, no matter how poor or how rich, no matter the language or race, has an incredible richness of knowledge and experiences that we can use to enrich our own understanding of the world we live in.”

“The program really helped me to clarify my life path and how I would like to make a difference in the world.”

“I learned that success comes from the heart. When we just care about each other because we are all human and in need of love and support, that is when amazing things start to happen.”

Mike pressure cuff

“After leaving the experience, I was prepared to do a wide range of things. It has helped me learn a certain level of cultural competency with Latino Caribbean culture, which helped me attain my current job in the US. It has helped me think critically about development, and particularly the role that privilege and culture play in development. It has given me a perspective on poverty that I could not have attained anywhere in the US."

“We have become a hasty society, driven to see results immediately, which has led us to focus on short-term solutions to long-term problems. What I learned that we, as human beings, need to take patience in everything that we do. We need to slow down, figure out long-term solutions, and implement them step-by-step. What we can do immediately, however, is learn. We can constantly be in a state of learning and understanding in order to really, truly, be able to implement change where change is needed.”

“I was inspired to devote my life to community organizing, or at least making the world a better place in a sustainable, tangible way.”

Alumni Statistics

Over the past five years, 52 students have participated in the CIEE Service-Learning Program in Santiago, DR. Where are they now? What are they doing? We put out a survey this past fall semester to gauge the level of impact the program has had on our alumni and to find out more about the bright futures that are in store for them. For the 32 students who replied, the results- described in the rest of this newsletter- demonstrate that our students are very socially aware and remain civically engaged.

When asked, “Did your study abroad experience with SL Santiago play a role in your specific field of employment/ study?”

94% of our alumni said yes. Whether focusing on chemistry, business or international development, it is clear our program has had a large impact on our students’ areas of study and employment after graduation (see right). Our students choose to live with a heightened sense of social responsibility.

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Employment

Below is a list of a number of organizations and employers of our CIEE SL alumni.

Communities for Change
Marketing for Good
Teach for America
Simmons College
YMCA
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra
GRuB
The French Government Education National
Elder Services of Worcester
Northwestern High School
CIEE Santiago, Service Learning
Sabin World School
Orange County Congregation Community Organization
Horizons for Homeless Children
Speakeasy Institute
One Respe Massage Therapy for Wellness Center

Study

Below is a list of academic focuses.

Chemistry, BS Spanish, BA
International Studies: World Politics and Diplomacy - Major Geography - Major, concentration in Geographic Information Systems
Sociology, Bachelor's Degree
BSB International Business, Nonprofit Management BA Spanish Studies
American Studies
Art and Psychology courses as prerequisites for M.A. in Art Therapy.
International Development and Social Change
 Sociology and Spanish
MD, specializing in either family medicine or OB/Gyn
Masters in Community Development and Planning.
Psychology                                                                                                                                                                   Community and Non Profit Leadership
Post grad program for teaching certification in the state of Texas for grades 4-8 generalist.
Psychology and Spanish, B.A.
B.A. in International Development and Social Change Planned: M.A. in International Development and Social Change
BA in Criminology, Law, and Justice
Master of Public Policy

World Traveler Check-in

Maggie Newsletter 2

Our students have been active travelers since their experience in the CIEE SL program.

Pa’ la República!

Almost half (44%) of our alumni have returned to the Dominican Republic, whether to visit host families, community organizations or friends, to continue traveling or to work in the country. Half of those who returned visited on more than one occasion! It is clear that our students’ engagement has drawn them back to continue fostering relationships created abroad.

Viajeros!

Even if alumni did not return to the Dominican Republic, 53% have traveled outside of the United States.

Americas

Bolivia
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Cuba
Dominica
Guatemala
Haiti
Mexico
Nicaragua
Peru
St. Lucia

Middle East

Israel
Jordan

Europe

Belgium
France
Germany
Greece
Italy
Spain
Switzerland

Asia

Burma

¡Mi casa es su casa!

Though the majority of our alumni live in the United States, 22% are residing internationally. All of these alumni are living in Latin America or the Caribbean. Here are new their homes:

Brazil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Paz, Bolivia
Riviére Salée, Martinique
Santiago, DR
Santo Domingo, DR

“After returning from the DR through CIEE’s Service Learning program, my friends and I all got together to share pictures and catch up on what we all did while abroad. I always knew that my experience wasn’t the ordinary study abroad experience, but it was then when I realized just how unique my program was. We were completely immersed in our host culture, were provided with the knowledge, skills, and modesty to actually help in a country other than our own, and we came back with new understandings of the world and the meanings of culture and service. We were not just tourists or students who experienced just the surface of Dominican life; we became a part of it.”

Communication

The relationships formed between the students and the communities are developed not only as a working relationship but often times into a long-lasting friendship. Alumni have shown that they will go out of their way to stay in contact and for those that do, they often times return to the DR to personally check-in with the organization.

 Target Language

The CIEE service learning program requires students to have studied a minimum of 4
semesters of college Spanish. This is due to the level of immersion into the Dominican communities our student’s are privileged to work with. A large interest of the program was to see how many students continue to speak Spanish on a regular basis. Survey results show that 78% of our alumni continue to speak Spanish on a weekly basis.

 Host University

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The Pontifica Universidad Catholica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) is a private, non-profit university with approximately 10,000 students. Founded in 1962, PUCMM has been ranked by the Intern-American Development Bank (IDB) as the best academic institution in the Dominican Republic.

Sending Universities

Carleton College
Clark University
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Davidson College
Dickinson College
Elon University
George Washington University
Hope College
Johnson C. Smith
Kenyon College
Miami University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
St. Catherine University
St. John Fisher College                                                                                                                                                  Scripps College
Simmons College
Southern Methodist University
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Denver
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Richmond
University of Texas-Austin
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wingate College
Warren Wilson College
Wofford College

Program Snapshot

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Internship placement in a service site corresponding to your academic interests.

Expose yourself to an experiential, collaborative learning model through grassroots and community- based learning.

Engage yourself in promoting community-action and change with through an applied field research and Capstone project.

Be a part of an ongoing and co-curricular rural partnership in organic farming and environmental justice.

Build practical skills such as grant writing, critical analysis & problem solving, and formal speaking and presentations in a target language.

Visit sites of cultural, economic, & social importance (Free Trade Zone, Dajabón binational market, Boca de Nigua & Engombe (sugar mill ruins).

Is this program right for you?

The CIEE Service-Learning program in Santiago, Dominican Republic is designed for students with four or more semesters of college-level Spanish and demonstrated experience in volunteerism or community service. Participants engage in active service while reflecting upon the complexities and challenges facing Santiago’s Cibao region through an approach that integrates academics and urban and rural community-based service. The program is ideal for students interested in grassroots and community-based learning, and those who are thinking about Peace Corps or other service- and community-based opportunities after graduation. The program is also ideal for those wanting to acquire skills and experience conducting fieldwork-based research, and those seeking to substantively improve their Spanish language ability.

SL Track Courses

Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement
Poverty and Development: Dominican Republic Case Study
Social Research Methods
Intermediate Spanish II
Advanced Spanish II
Independent Research and Capstone Project

About Santiago de los Caballeros

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Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, is surrounded by mountains in the lush valley of the Cibao region. Places of historical, cultural, and ecological interest are nearby, and it is just a little over an hour’s drive to the Atlantic Coast. Known as La Ciudad Corazón (City of the Heart), Santiago is the commercial and cultural center of the fertile Cibao valley region, housing our host university the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), ranked the best academic institution of higher learning in the Dominican Republic by the Inter-American Development Bank, in addition to the León Jimenez Cultural Center and cigar factory, and the commercial street of Calle del Sol. Although it is a growing city with a population exceeding 800,000, Santiago retains many features of a small town.

Applied Internship

Students work with a partner organization in a variety of development initiatives throughout communities in Santiago. All projects are responsive to community needs. These organizations provide a diverse focus in public health, education, micro-business, legal assistance, social justice, and community organizing. The organizations, which are situated in different sectors of the city, are located within the local public transportation routes.

Community Partners

For the internship component of the program, students work within Acción Callejera, Arte A Mano, Centro de Atención Primaria Juan XXIII, Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano, Niños con una Esperanza, and Oné respe. Please see detailed descriptions of each of these organizations in our website.

If you are thinking about joining Peace Corps or other community-based volunteer /community organizing program upon graduation, then this program is for you! CIEE Santiago SL is also a recognized partner of the Bonner Scholars program.

“The Service Learning program in Santiago challenged my thoughts, my set view of life, and ultimately my person as a whole. One of the most important lessons I learned was that in order to understand the people and the world around you, you must first understand the culture in which you are surrounded. This was facilitated by the CIEE staff and the once-in-a lifetime educational excursions around the country that provide us with more diverse experiences of Dominican life.”
-Neil O’Loughlin, University of Illinois at Chicago

01/01/2012

Student Learning Outcomes Post Study Abroad

(Still) Living the DReam

Blog3

In Retrospect: From the Director’s Desk
by Elaine Acacio

In the CIEE SL office, we have a quote wall. One in particular is a Haitian proverb “piti, piti, wazo fé nich li” (little by little a bird builds his nest). This is fitting in many ways. Development and change take time. Learning to balance process and efficiency takes time. But it is also symbolic of dedication and determination.

In these last five years of directing the CIEE Service Learning program, I have taken away three major lessons. One, expectations on students and their academic rigor can be high if and always there is ample support and follow up. The second lesson may sound cliché, but it is the conclusion that you have to love what you do. Community development, collaborative work, and the constant reminders of the harsh realities of unequal distribution of wealth, power, access, and options—independently is challenging to digest, and collectively it can be downright discouraging. But what gets you through these challenges is not idealism, nor altruism, it is passion, drive, and love for what you do and the people you work with. The third lesson I often share with students during their first days in the Dominican Republic while dissecting the words of ‘service’ and social change, is the fact that you can change the world, but you don’t have to be the main (or only) protagonist.

As any educator will say, there is nothing more gratifying than witnessing the ‘click’ in your students: knowing that they are learning to balance task oriented priorities with that of process, that they aren’t romanticizing their experience and yet at the same time, they no longer see the community from a needs-based lens. We have had five years of constant reflection, evaluation and dreaming of how to do things differently to improve the experience for all our constituents—students, community partners, host and sending universities, and for CIEE staff. In study abroad time, we are still in our sophomore year, and while I don’t profess that we have finally conjured up the perfect combinations, the program is now at the point where we are oiling it rather than fixing parts. I am very proud of the loyalty of our community partners. I still remember doing exploratory meetings back in 2006 and explaining the term service learning and our participatory approach with community based research and often getting the response of, “lo que ustedes quieren hacer” (what you guys want to do) and now, fast forwarding 5 years, our community partners tell us what they want in terms of work and ideal student profile they need to get the work done.

Being a small niche program, we’ve had our share of challenges. From low student numbers, to trying to debunk misconceptions that service learning is “fluffy” and not academic enough, to constantly critiquing our footprints in terms of responsible development within communities we work with. Sometimes though, these challenges are what make this program a diamond in the rough. Students are able to get a unique experience of collaborative work and where the true junction of service and learning is fused and responsibility and commitment to the community supersedes the incentive of just making the grade. At the end of four months, students are sometimes in shock of the work they are able to accomplish. For us however, we consider the four months as a training period of sorts for students.

Kendra charla

Alumni Perspectives

“One of the biggest things I took away from my experience was that community development has parallels in places throughout the world, those in the DR with those in the US, and everywhere else… and what I found was that the best work and most success came from strength and determination within the community. That every place has leaders they just need a platform to lead on.”

“That sustainable development is a process and that you should not become frustrated or disillusioned by what may appear to be very slow progress; the process is what matters and it is essentially what makes development sustainable. You must involve and train the community, and realize and be open to learning from the community and from the process, and not enter the process thinking that you have all the answers, because you never do.”

“Many great lessons - but most importantly the idea that every community, no matter how poor or how rich, no matter the language or race, has an incredible richness of knowledge and experiences that we can use to enrich our own understanding of the world we live in.”

“The program really helped me to clarify my life path and how I would like to make a difference in the world.”

“I learned that success comes from the heart. When we just care about each other because we are all human and in need of love and support, that is when amazing things start to happen.”

Mike pressure cuff

“After leaving the experience, I was prepared to do a wide range of things. It has helped me learn a certain level of cultural competency with Latino Caribbean culture, which helped me attain my current job in the US. It has helped me think critically about development, and particularly the role that privilege and culture play in development. It has given me a perspective on poverty that I could not have attained anywhere in the US."

“We have become a hasty society, driven to see results immediately, which has led us to focus on short-term solutions to long-term problems. What I learned that we, as human beings, need to take patience in everything that we do. We need to slow down, figure out long-term solutions, and implement them step-by-step. What we can do immediately, however, is learn. We can constantly be in a state of learning and understanding in order to really, truly, be able to implement change where change is needed.”

“I was inspired to devote my life to community organizing, or at least making the world a better place in a sustainable, tangible way.”

Alumni Statistics

Over the past five years, 52 students have participated in the CIEE Service-Learning Program in Santiago, DR. Where are they now? What are they doing? We put out a survey this past fall semester to gauge the level of impact the program has had on our alumni and to find out more about the bright futures that are in store for them. For the 32 students who replied, the results- described in the rest of this newsletter- demonstrate that our students are very socially aware and remain civically engaged.

When asked, “Did your study abroad experience with SL Santiago play a role in your specific field of employment/ study?”

94% of our alumni said yes. Whether focusing on chemistry, business or international development, it is clear our program has had a large impact on our students’ areas of study and employment after graduation (see right). Our students choose to live with a heightened sense of social responsibility.

26941_534322955999_64803464_31619177_6124882_n

Employment

Below is a list of a number of organizations and employers of our CIEE SL alumni.

Communities for Change
Marketing for Good
Teach for America
Simmons College
YMCA
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra
GRuB
The French Government Education National
Elder Services of Worcester
Northwestern High School
CIEE Santiago, Service Learning
Sabin World School
Orange County Congregation Community Organization
Horizons for Homeless Children
Speakeasy Institute
One Respe Massage Therapy for Wellness Center

Study

Below is a list of academic focuses.

Chemistry, BS Spanish, BA
International Studies: World Politics and Diplomacy - Major Geography - Major, concentration in Geographic Information Systems
Sociology, Bachelor's Degree
BSB International Business, Nonprofit Management BA Spanish Studies
American Studies
Art and Psychology courses as prerequisites for M.A. in Art Therapy.
International Development and Social Change
 Sociology and Spanish
MD, specializing in either family medicine or OB/Gyn
Masters in Community Development and Planning.
Psychology                                                                                                                                                                   Community and Non Profit Leadership
Post grad program for teaching certification in the state of Texas for grades 4-8 generalist.
Psychology and Spanish, B.A.
B.A. in International Development and Social Change Planned: M.A. in International Development and Social Change
BA in Criminology, Law, and Justice
Master of Public Policy

World Traveler Check-in

Maggie Newsletter 2

Our students have been active travelers since their experience in the CIEE SL program.

Pa’ la República!

Almost half (44%) of our alumni have returned to the Dominican Republic, whether to visit host families, community organizations or friends, to continue traveling or to work in the country. Half of those who returned visited on more than one occasion! It is clear that our students’ engagement has drawn them back to continue fostering relationships created abroad.

Viajeros!

Even if alumni did not return to the Dominican Republic, 53% have traveled outside of the United States.

Americas

Bolivia
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Cuba
Dominica
Guatemala
Haiti
Mexico
Nicaragua
Peru
St. Lucia

Middle East

Israel
Jordan

Europe

Belgium
France
Germany
Greece
Italy
Spain
Switzerland

Asia

Burma

¡Mi casa es su casa!

Though the majority of our alumni live in the United States, 22% are residing internationally. All of these alumni are living in Latin America or the Caribbean. Here are new their homes:

Brazil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Paz, Bolivia
Riviére Salée, Martinique
Santiago, DR
Santo Domingo, DR

“After returning from the DR through CIEE’s Service Learning program, my friends and I all got together to share pictures and catch up on what we all did while abroad. I always knew that my experience wasn’t the ordinary study abroad experience, but it was then when I realized just how unique my program was. We were completely immersed in our host culture, were provided with the knowledge, skills, and modesty to actually help in a country other than our own, and we came back with new understandings of the world and the meanings of culture and service. We were not just tourists or students who experienced just the surface of Dominican life; we became a part of it.”