Extensive walking, Hiking, Stairs, Water Related Activities
Inclusion Abroad & Water Quality in the Dominican Republic
Did you know that in developing countries, 70% of industrial wastes are dumped untreated into waters, polluting the usable water supply? On a global level, every day, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are discharged into the world's water, the equivalent of the weight of the entire human population. The goal of this study abroad program is to expose students traditionally underrepresented in STEM (ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and first-generation college students) to global engagement by participating in a service learning program to enhance critical thinking and academic study skills. Additionally this program will provide opportunities for personal and professional growth while making a difference in the surrounding community. Students will be enrolled in a course during the spring which is centered around themes related to water quality including:
1. Drinking water and human health
2. The role of water in socioeconomic and cultural development
3. Water conservation and sustainability.
Once in the Dominican Republic, students will expand upon their spring academic coursework at the National School for the Environment and Natural Resources. Students will be exposed to ways in which they can truly make a difference in an area that affects everyone’s way of life.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS There will be walking, hiking use of stairs as part of the program activities. There are water related activities including optional snorkeling and whitewater rafting.
To be eligible to apply, students must:
Have at least a 3.0 GPA
Major in a STEM discipline
Never traveled outside the USA
01 December 2019: Applications close
09 December- 13 December: Applicant Interviews
20 December: Participants selected
08 January 2020: Date Auburn classes begin
01 May 2020: Date On-campus course ends
19 July 2020: Date of group travel to the Dominican Republic
29 July 2020: Date of group return to the USA
Participants take SCMH 5940: Global Study / Travel in Sciences and Mathematics (2 credits) during Spring 2020 and travel to the Dominican Republic in July 2020.
PROGRAM COSTS There are no student costs for this program. Program costs are subsidized by COSAM Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity.
Students will be housed in hotels and spend one night with a host family.
The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area (after Cuba) at 18,705 sq mi. The country is third by population in the Caribbean with approximately 10 million people, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city. The island of the Dominican Republic has been inhabited by the native Taíno people since the 7th century. Today the Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean, it is home to the Caribbean's tallest mountain peak (Pico Duarte) and the Caribbean's largest lake and point of lowest elevation (Lake Enriquillo).
We will take a tour of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo and other various historic sites. Students will also get the chance to enjoy the National Botanical Gardens as well as a visit to the Monte Alto Coffee Factory. Participants will get to see the Salto Jimenoa waterfall with optional snorkeling, participate in whitewater rafting and so much more!
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check http://travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible.
If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.