Build essential medical skills and certifications while taking your study of medical Spanish way beyond the textbook.
In the Dominican Republic, access to quality healthcare may be limited, but opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the Dominican people are abundant. Here, you and a small group of eager students will practice and perform real-world medicine, making a measurable contribution to public health while dramatically improving your Spanish language skills. You will also have the chance to master field-based emergency skills and put in the rigorous practicum hours required to earn a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. This course covers all topics needed to earn the certification and includes case studies, patient assessment drills and a final medical emergency simulation. Your confidence grows in parallel with your improving language and medical skills. After building a strong foundation of medical vocabulary and cultural competency in the classroom, venture into small cities and towns to partner with a local NGO. Deliver much needed pre-natal and diabetes counseling plus other health services to residents of Restauración, Tilurí and surrounding areas. Volunteering with multiple rural clinics, you’ll gain the experience of conducting community-based health visits — entirely in Spanish. We even participate in a home stay in a small community near the Haitian border and participate in one-to-one health awareness and education. While the work done to earn your WFR certification is rigorous, there will be plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings with waterfall hikes and day trips to pristine beaches for snorkeling, paddle boarding and windsurfing. Come pursue your passions among warm people and grateful patients, building invaluable language skills for your medical future.
“This trip was one of the best experiences of my life. The WFR course was tough, but we got through it as a group and it brought us close together. For anyone considering a career in medicine or who just loves the outdoors, this is a great trip!” — Samantha Kitchen, Westwood, MA
- Earn your Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification
- Study Medical Spanish with practical, real-world applications
- Explore the Samana Peninsula, home to the Dominican Republic’s most secluded beaches
- Canyoneer through the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua in Puerto Plata
- Home stay in a small community near the Haitian border
- Take in a baseball game, the island’s national pastime, or learn to dance the Merengue.
- Minimum 18 years old
- High school graduate
- Minimum GPA: 2.50
- Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago
- 1 year of Spanish