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Total credits: 12



Photo of Larry Estrada

Larry Estrada

Associate Professor Emeritus, Fairhaven College
Fairhaven College 101F
Portrait of Hilary Schwandt

Hilary Schwandt

Associate Professor, Fairhaven College
Fairhaven College 344

The purpose of the course is to provide students with Spanish language instruction at their particular level of competency and to examine the past and present context of how race, culture, and health have been experienced among peoples in and from the Caribbean. Particular emphasis will be placed on the various ways in which racial/cultural/health identities are influenced and complicated by questions of gender, class, religion, and sexuality both in the Caribbean as well as those Caribbean populations residing in the United States.

Sosua Punta Rucia Beach
Sosua Punta Rucia Beach

Program Highlights

In conjunction with the Instituto Intercultural del Caribe (IIC) the course will be a quarter long course with seven weeks spent in country that will provide for Spanish language training each week day morning with afternoon class sessions, seminars, and lectures on history, culture, politics, and health of the Caribbean region. The course will also feature Dominican guest lecturers, field trips, as well as weekend excursion trips that relate to the subject material and cultural understanding of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean region. Students will also participate in a designated service-learning project with Haitian/Dominico students and given ample opportunity to intermingle with Dominican as well as other international students at both of the IIC campuses and surrounding universities in Santo Domingo and Sosua.

IIC Santo Domingo Student Housing
Student Housing in Santo Domingo

Expectations of Participants

Activities include visits to museums and cultural sites. With or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to: sit for three-four hours, walk for over one hour at a time in warm weather, climb stairs, and stand for prolonged periods.

Refrigeration is available for program duration.

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to departure, no exemptions.

Sosua Puerto Plata Teleferico
Sosua Puerto Plata Teleferico (The Cable Car Puerto Plata)