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Dominican Republic

Arrupe International

People in Dominican Republic holding signs

Trip Destination 
Santo Domingo and Jimani, Dominican Republic

Trip Dates
Approximately 8–10 days at the end of Winter Break

Coordinating Organization
BC Campus Ministry, in collaboration with Caribbean Social Immersion Program an organization that hosts delegations through the Antilles Providence of the Society of Jesus.

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What is a social immersion program?

It is an intensive encounter with the social reality of a country or region, guided by local social studies professionals, that provides a deep and comprehensive understanding from a human, economic, social, cultural and historical perspective.

Our participants also learn about models of social services in an international setting.

  • Each Immersion Program is customized to the focus and needs of each group. To secure a transforming experience, the minimum number of participants is 14 and the maximum is 36 people per group.
  • Participants sleep overnight at retreat houses run by the Jesuits, and other centers, such as school dorms, that are safe, clean and comfortable.
  • Local translators help non-Spanish speaking participants during the experience.
  • Transportation is secured by the organizers from and to the Airport. Fees also cover all essential meals and accommodations.
  • Lectures and dialogues are given or guided by professional social researchers and organizers.
  • During the immersion programs participant meet lay people, Jesuits and other religious people engaged in social ministry in the Dominican Republic.
  •  This immersion program is not tourism, but a crash course, a travel experience, that exposes and explains social, legal, religious, cultural and economic realities of the countries and communities of the Caribbean from the hand of the work and institutions run by the Jesuits and their collaborators.

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SAMPLE ITINERARY

8-day immersion program visiting communities in the Dominican-Haitian border provinces of Independencia and Bahoruco. This program will focus on the life of Dominican farm workers and Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic, and the work that faith-based groups are undertaking with these underserved populations. If the conditions are appropriate, the trip may include a day visit to Haiti, crossing the international border.