Dominican North and Border
8-day immersion program visiting communities in Santiago–center of the Cibao Valley in the north of the Dominican Republic, and Dajabón–a border community with Haiti.
Cost: US $ 1,150 per participant.
- After arriving to Santiago International Airport (SIT), participants will be transported to Centro Bellarmino (a Jesuit retreat house and spiritual center).
- This night the curriculum will start with an Introductory Meeting about Caribbean Social Immersion Program.
- Dinner and overnight accommodation will also take place at this location.
- The activities of this day will all take place in the city of Santiago. They include a visit and tour to the regional cultural center and museum Centro León and a visit and lunch at CEFASA (farm workers center run by the Jesuits).
- At CEFASA the group will also participate in two lectures/talks: The Work of the Jesuits at CEFASA and the Dominican Reality.
- Following dinner at Centro Bellarmino, participants will enjoy a guided night-out in Santiago, with a visit to the Santiago Memorial.
- Overnight accommodation: Centro Bellarmino.
- Depart the central city of Santiago early in the morning to experience reality in the border province of Dajabón.
- Visit the sugar farm village Batey Esperanza in the morning, with lunch on the road at a local “parador” and in the afternoon visit to a banana plantation in the town of Guayuvin.
- Dinner and overnight accommodation will take place at ITESIL (a higher education institution specialized in Agriculture and Technology studies).
- The morning will be spent taking part of the talk “Dominican-Haitian Border Reality” and in the afternoon the group will visit the border town of Dajabón.
- Following dinner at ITESIL there will be a movie screening.
- After breakfas, depart Dajabón to get to the neighbor town of Loma de Cabrera, which we will spend the morning visiting.
- In the afternoon, after lunch depart Loma de Cabrera for Restauración, another town on the Dominican side of the border.
- From here participants will cross the border to enter Haiti, and visit the town of Tirilo, on the Haitian side of the border. Return early in the evening to Dajabón.
- Dinner and overnight accommodation will take place at ITESIL.
- An early visit to the Bi-National Market (only on Fridays) will take place this day.
- Cross the border to Haiti and visit the town of Juana Mendez (Ouanaminthe).
- Lunch will be at the Jesuit House in Ouanaminthe.
- Return early in the evening to Dajabón.
- Last day of program activities. After breakfast, depart Dajabón.
- En route to Santiago, stop in the town of Montecristi to visit El Morro and spend the morning enjoying the beach.
- In the afternoon the group will continue to Santiago.
- Overnight accommodation will be provided at Centro Bellarmino.
- Breakfast and departure to Santiago International Airport (SIT), early in the morning.
8-day immersion program exploring the Capital of the Dominican Republic and communities in the East and South west of the country, including learning about the work on education, children, immigrants.
Cost: US $ 1,150 per participant.
- Arrival at Santo Domingo International Airport (SDQ) and accommodation at Manresa Loyola, a Jesuit retreat house.
- The program’s activities start with a visit to Centro Bonó, the flagship think-tank of the social work of the Jesuits in Dominican Republic where participants will get to know the work of the Jesuits in the Greater Santo Domingo neighborhoods and take part in a talk for a better understanding of the Dominican history and its current social and cultural reality.
- Lunch will be provided at Centro Bonó.
- In the afternoon there will be a visit the US Embassy and in the evening, dinner and a walk along the Malecón – the seaside boardwalk of Santo Domingo.
- Overnight accommodation at Manresa Loyola.
- Participants will spend the day visiting the barrios of Guachupita and Los Guandules, in Santo Domingo. These are emblematic neighborhoods in the outskirts of the Greater Santo Domingo where the Jesuits started their immersion work by living in poor houses among the barrios’ population, from where they help empower people to fight for their rights and the improvement of their living conditions.
- In these barrios the group will meet and participate in a dialogue with some of the most important faith and community leaders that have contributed with the development of their communities.
- Lunch will be at one the barrios.
- Dinner and overnight accommodation will be at Manresa Loyola.
- After an early breakfast, leave Santo Domingo toward the eastern province of San Pedro de Macorís for a visit to the region’s bateyes – settlements around sugar cane plantations- hosted by the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters. At the bateyes participants will meet and take part in a talk with leaders that fight for the Human rights of these communities, including their right to citizenship.
- Lunch will be provided by the Scalabrinians.
- Return to Santo Domingo in the afternoon.
- In the evening, enjoy dinner and a movie at Manresa Loyola.
- This day will be spent visiting Boca Chica, an internationally-known tourist destination where a tough lesser-known reality is experienced every day: hundreds of children living in the streets, forced to prostitution and work.
- Here the group will meet with volunteers and community leaders from Caminante Boca Chica, an organization working against this human tragedy, and participate in a conversation on how they are changing the lives of these children, building with them a better future.
- In the evening, a movie at Manresa Loyola.
- In the morning, visit a batey in the municipality of Guerra, Santo Domingo and meet with community leaders. Lunch will be provided during this visit.
- The afternoon will be spent at Manresa Loyola where participants will enjoy recreational activities and share the experiences lived during the week.
- The last day of the program, the group will head to the province of San Cristóbal to visit some locations that are part of “La Ruta del Esclavo” (“Route of the Slave”), a series of historic places throughout the continent where the traffic of slaves took place during the colony.
- The day will close with a farewell dinner at Restaurant El Conuco, where participants will enjoy a feast of typical Dominican food.
- Departure from Manresa Loyola to Santo Domingo International Airport (SDQ).