What is a Social Immersion Program?

It is a intensive encounter with the social reality of a country or region, guided by local social scientist professionals, that provides a deep and comprehensive understanding from a human, economic, social, cultural and historical perspective.

Our participants also learn about models of social services in an international setting. Read more here.

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Why in the Caribbean?

This region is an intersection of many different cultures (French, Spanish, Briton, American, Creole, etc.) and languages (Spanish, English, Creole, French, Dutch, etc.).  Knowing the Caribbean helps to understand its 3.5 million Caribbean born immigrants living in the United States. Read more here.

Who is behind this program?

This program is sponsored by the Social Ministries Office of the Jesuits in the Dominican Republic and co-sponsored by Centro Bono, Solidaridad Fronteriza, CEFASA, and Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM) – all jesuit-run social centers. Read more here.

 

Programs

The team of Caribbean Social Immersion Program customizes programs for groups of 14 to 36 people with full time interpreters.  Currently, we are offering two pre-designed programs in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The Caribbean Social Immersion Program is focused on College Students, Academic and Business Researchers and young Professional.  We do not offer program for high school students.

 

Dominican North and Border

8 days immersion program visiting communities in Santiago– center of the Cibao Valley in the north of the Dominican Republic, and Dajabon–a border community with Haiti.   This program will focus on the life of Dominican farm workers, and Haitians immigrants in the Dominican Republic.  The trip will included visits to a farmer social center, a regional museum,  a sugar farm village, a banana plantation, two day-trips to border communities in Haiti, one morning at the beach, a guided night-out in Santiago, and several lectures.  Cost: ~1,150 per participant. Schedule click here.

Dominican South

8 days immersion program exploring Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, and several communities in the East and South West of the country.  This program will provide an understanding of several issues (education, children, immigrant, race) and solutions that Jesuits, and other organizations, are providing to such problems.  Trip will included:  lectures at a Jesuit social think-tank, a guided night-out in Santo Domingo, and visits to the US Embassy, inner-city neighborhoods, sugar farm villages, nonprofits, and colonial landmarks.  Cost: ~1,150 per participant. Schedule click here.