OPTIONAL TRIP FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN SPANISH 2070 (FALL 2015)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Sat. Nov. 21, 2015 – Sat. Nov. 28, 2015
ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR STUDENTS WHILE IN SANTO DOMINGO:
ROOM AND BOARD:
- attend lectures or workshops on alternative medicine and medicinal plants at ANDA (“Asesoría nutricional para el desarrollo armónico”), a non-profit natural healing center in Santo Domingo directed by Dr. Ángel Pichardo
- shadow at local hospitals, clinics, and/or doctor’s offices
- attend medical students’ classes.
While in Santo Domingo, students will stay with host families in the neighborhood where Dr. Pichardo’s clinic is located, allowing them the invaluable opportunity to work on their language skills.
ORIENTATION AND TRIP PREPARATION:
- Students will be able to identify cultural differences between the Dominican Republic and the United States.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast the health care system of the Dominican Republic with that of the United States.
- Students will be able to formulate informed opinions regarding the health care systems they learn about and experience and will be able to either substantiate or disprove their own preconceptions.
- Students will be able to describe alternative medicine techniques and recognize common medicinal plants in use in the natural healing clinic.
- Students’ Spanish language skills will be reinforced, particularly listening and speaking, and they will further develop their vocabulary specific to the health profession.
As the trip nears, students will be required to attend two orientation sessions, held outside of regular class hours. Additionally, prior to the trip, students will participate in email / Skype exchanges with medical students in Santo Domingo who they will later meet during the trip. The exchanges will be over health care topics, with the goal of initiating the understanding of various aspects of the Dominican health care system and comparing it to that of the United States. The students will also be asked to reflect on numerous cultural differences they discover, with the intention of improving their cultural competence. When the students return, they will write reflections, present their experiences to the class, and lead discussions that emerge.
The price per student will be approximately $1,300, including airline tickets, room and board, and transportation while abroad. Prices may fluctuate depending on final airline ticket price.
WHO CAN APPLY:
Any Cornell student enrolled in Spanish 2070 during the Fall 2015 semester.
September 4, 2015
Interviews may be conducted.
Since this program is optional, the only funds that are available through Financial Aid would be loan funds. However, there are some units around campus that provide travel grant funds for students to use towards international program participation. The CUAbroad website will be posting a list of various travel award funds. These units usually have early deadline dates, limited funding, and varied eligibility requirements, so please look into them as soon as possible.
If you receive financial aid and are not successful in securing a travel grant, your only option will be to apply to Financial Aid to request loan funds to support your travel. Kathy Lynch (firstname.lastname@example.org
) in the Cornell Abroad office would be happy to work with you to create cost estimates to be used by Financial Aid.
FACULTY ACCOMPANYING STUDENTS ON THE TRIP
Mónica Beviá, Sr. Lecturer in Spanish, Department of Romance Studies
Tomás Beviá, Sr. Lecturer in Spanish, Department of Romance Studies
Tim Shenk, Director of Cornell's Committee on US and Latin American Relations (CUSLAR)
Please contact Mónica Beviá (email@example.com