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Global Goals: Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Snapshot

A ten-day service learning project at the Mariposa Foundation in Dominican Republic.

Date: June 8-18
Number of Students: 16
Program Director: Anny Candelario Escobar
Themes: Gender equality, eradication of generational poverty, youth development, service

On September 25, 2015, the great leaders of the free world adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved during the next 15 years. Global Goals: Dominican Republic focuses on specifically two goals, that of gender equality and of eradicating generational poverty.

Leading the charge on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is the Mariposa Foundation. The foundation is committed to personalized education for girls and their families, realizing that women are the hard­working pillars of Dominican society and that their empowerment is necessary to lift poor communities out of abject poverty. The Mariposa Foundation’s stance on student retention is “whatever it takes”: individualized tutoring, monthly home visits, family involvement, or even material assistance, if needed. The foundation’s priority is getting entire families involved in encouraging girls to prioritize education and get excited about their futures.

Global Goals: Dominican Republic is a service program where students will learn about the fundamentals of community outreach initiatives and Dominican culture. This program is about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries, and the world. It is about making girls visible and changing their social and economic dynamics by providing them with specific, powerful, and relevant resources.

Students engage in two types of daily reflective workshops to deepen the educational experience throughout the program: Global Goals Exercises and Service Reflection.

  • Global Goals Exercises is a daily program that introduces students to a variety of global efforts to which their service project contributes. Beginning with an interactive discussion of the Millennium Development Goals, students will gain a solid understanding of how their service project is connected to global efforts and the fight against poverty.
  • Service Reflection is a daily evening program that helps students to think critically and deeply about their service project and the importance it has to the local community and country at large. Students will reflect upon their personal achievements each day, as well as those of their group, and will be encouraged to offer feedback as to how they can sharpen their collaboration throughout the project.

More about the Program

No knowledge of Spanish required.

Students chosen to go on the trip will be required to participate in a series of orientation meetings and discussions in the spring term and attend sessions organized by the Tang Institute for all students participating in Learning in the World programs in 2017.

For more information, please contact Anny Candelario Escobar (acandelarioescobar@andover.edu).