Creighton University’s Commitment to Education for Transformation
This chapter explores how Encuentro Dominicano, Creighton University’s study abroad/community-based learning program in the Dominican Republic, has transformed participants’ understanding of life in a developing country. Students are housed just outside of Santiago at theCentro de Educación para Salud Integral (Center for Integral Health and Education the ILAC Mission). In their four months there, students take 12-18hours of coursework, immerse in local communities for 3 weeks, and engage in community-based learning twice a week in Santiago. The program is a mix between the traditional approach to study abroad (living together, studying and traveling) and an immersion component that puts them in direct and prolonged contact with marginal communities who survive on subsistence farming and occasional outside employment. The ILAC Mission has built relationships in these communities, called campos, for over 35 years. Creighton students thus have the opportunity and privilege of living in some of these communities in order to experience and understand life in a developing country in a unique way.
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