ISA Service-Learning in Santiago, Dominican Republic

Location: Dominican Republic: Santiago

Term: Fall, Summer, Winter, Throughout the year, Spring, May Term

Program Duration: 9-12 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

5301 Southwest Parkway Suite 200 Austin, TX 78735 United States

Call Us

Phone: 800.580.8826

Fax: 512.480.8866


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 opportunities include youth centers, non-profit pharmacies, human rights organizations, and many others. Throughout your program, you will participate in a variety of reflection-based assignments to add depth to your experiences. 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.


1. 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.

2. Begin your transition to daily life in your new country and culture on the Bridging Cultures Program, our in-country orientation.

3. 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.

4. Have the opportunity to earn academic credit.

5. 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.


ISA Service-Learning programs are available to current students and recent graduates who meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Must have graduated high school by the start date of the service-learning program

• Must be at least 17 years old by the start date of the service-learning program

• Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

• When applicable, participants must meet the minimum language requirement of the host country

Eligibility for specific community-based organizations is determined by your resume, cover letter, and interview upon application.

  • Women's Studies
  • Theater, Drama, & Dance
  • Public Administration & Government
  • Political Science & Politics
  • Labor & Industrial Relations
  • Journalism
  • Humanities
  • Human Rights
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Economics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Chemistry
  • Business
  • Art & Fine Arts
  • Health Administration
  • Sustainable Development
  • Spanish
  • Development
  • Medicine
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nursing
  • Linguistics
  • Liberal Arts
  • Kinesiology & Exercise Science
  • International Relations
  • Health Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Education
  • Ecology
  • Counseling
  • Communications
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Anthropology
Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

• Comprehensive advising and support
• Visa support
• Bridging Cultures Program, the on-site cultural and academic orientation
• Housing
• 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

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Tutor
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Women
  • Sports
  • Recreation
  • Public Policy
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Legal Aide
  • Law
  • Health Education
  • Gender Issues
  • Economic Development
  • Counseling
  • Cooking
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Computer Training
  • Anthropology
  • Social Work
  • Human Rights
  • Hospital
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Health Care
  • Health
  • English Teaching
  • Education
  • Special Needs
  • Culture
  • Conservation
  • Public Health
  • Community Development
  • Community Centers
  • Childcare & Children
  • Business
  • Building & Construction Projects
This Program is open to

American, Canadian, Worldwide, European, Australian, South African, Kiwi, Asian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Phone/Video Interview
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded