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The Lakeland College international practicum is a life changing student experience inspired by the life, energy and amazing resiliency of all the people involved. Our students have been to Australia and the Dominican Republic and will soon be setting off for Hawaii.

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  • CSA – Community Service AllianceCommunity Service Alliance is an organization based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic that works to facilitate connections for individuals and groups interested in engaging in experiences of service and cross cultural study in the Dominican Republic.Through volunteer service opportunities and dynamic study abroad programs, CSA offers you the opportunity to live, learn, and be changed by a unique experience in the Dominican Republic.
  • At the airport waiting for the journey to begin
  • This was the hotel we stayed at in Santo Domingo
  • At the CSA office – learning about what will happen during the next 3 weeks and meeting the staff
  • Historical tour of theColonial CityThe Colonial City – located between Independence Park and the Ozama River, was the first city built in the New World by European settlers, including Columbus's brother, Bartholomew, and his son, Diego Columbus. The first street in the Americas is Calle de Las Damas, the site of numerous historic buildings including the Ozama Fortress, the oldest fortress in the Americas. There is also the house of Nicolás de Ovando, governor of Santo Domingo in the early 1500's and a ruthless warrior against the Taino Indians.Of great historical interest is the Museo de las Casas Reales (Museum of the Royal Houses), the restored 16th century palace of the Spanish Court, which features a wonderful glimpse of the past. Nearby is the Alcázar de Colón (Castle of Columbus) built by Diego Columbus and his wife Maria de Toledo, niece of the Spanish King Ferdinand.
  • Patria Mercedes Mirabal born February 27th 1924 to November 25th 1960Minerva Argentina Mirabal born March 12th 1926 to November 25th 1960Antonia Maria Teresa Mirabalborn October 15th 1935 to November 25th 1960All 3 sisters were natives of the Dominican Republic and were adamantlyopposed to the cruel dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. There is a fourth sister who is alive today and her name is Beglica  Adela Dede Mirabal-Reyes, known as Dede.  She did not have an active role in working against the dictator, Trujillo. The tale of the Mirabal sisters is an ongoing legacy of bravery and compassion in order to save the lives of many many people in the Dominican Republic.  They defied the flow of conformity and stood out as National Heroines.
  • Learning to dance.The most popular form of music and dance in the Dominican Republic is called Merengue - easily identified by its unique beat pattern of 2/2 and 2/4 time. This is the music you'll see the Dominican people dancing to in bars, and listening, as well as singing to, in their cars, businesses and homes. Couples dancing merengue is somewhat of a practiced art and many Dominicans are more than happy to teach this exciting dance to anyone willing to learn. The other national music, especially popular in the countryside or more rural regions of the Dominican Republic, is Bachata . This is music with a more melancholy beat and 4/4 time, and it talks mostly about life in the country and relationships between men and women.
  • The Dominican Republic ranks first in the global ranking in cocoa production and export. In 2009 it exported over 62,000 tons of cocoa mainly to the United States and Europe. In the Dominican Republic, cocoa is one of the four traditional export crops. Its economic importance is determined by some factors such as, among others, its role in the generation of hundreds of jobs, its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the protection of the environment, and to the country’s international renown.The country developed the organic cocoa farming in the 1980's. Planting is done in entirely agro-ecological land, without the use of herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Additionally, semi-processed products are also obtained, such as organic cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, cocoa powder and chocolate.
  • The Dominican Republic has seen a huge growth in tobacco cultivation in the last 25 years, and several major cigar producers have been attracted to the region not only for its climate and soil but also because of the more recent stable economic and political situation. The Dominican Republic now exports over 350 million cigars each year.
  • Garbage can be seen on streets in the cities and towns.Car/trucks are either well cared for expansive cars or those that are falling apart
  • There areprivate schools, public schools, non profit schools in the DRThe primary language of instruction in public schools in the Dominican Republic is Spanish. There are generally not enough teachers, facilities or funding to meet the demands of the unusually large Dominican school-age population. Many private and religious schools supplement the state-financed schools. Children aged 7 to 14 years are required to attend, and almost every large community has elementary and secondary schools.Primary education is officially free and compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 14, although those who live in isolated areas have limited access to schooling. Primary schooling is followed by a two-year intermediate school and a four-year secondary course, after which a diploma called the bachillerato (high school diploma) is awarded. Relatively few lower-income students succeed in reaching this level, due to financial hardships and limitation due to location. Most of the wealthier students attend private schools, which are frequently sponsored by religious institutions. Some public and private vocational schools are available, particularly in the field of agriculture, but this too reaches only a tiny percentage of the population
  • Human services international practicums

    1. 1. Human Services’ International Practicum Australia (2010) Dominican Republic (2012) Hawaii (2014)
    2. 2. Australia (2010)
    3. 3. On Our Way
    4. 4. Children’s Festival (Australia)
    5. 5. Dominican Republic (2012)
    6. 6. The Journey Begins
    7. 7. Hotel in Santo Domingo
    8. 8. Learning about the DR/History
    9. 9. Three Sisters
    10. 10. Culture
    11. 11. Export – Chocolate (Cacao Factory)
    12. 12. Planting Cacao Trees
    13. 13. Export - Cigars
    14. 14. Town Market
    15. 15. Non Profit Girls School (Santo Domingo)
    16. 16. Special Education
    17. 17. Private School
    18. 18. Kids Create Private School
    19. 19. Public School - Urban
    20. 20. Landscape
    21. 21. Public Schools - Rural
    22. 22. Public Schools
    23. 23. Fixing/Painting
    24. 24. Preparing for the Mural
    25. 25. Mural Before and After
    26. 26. Murals at other schools
    27. 27. Home we worked on
    28. 28. Building Latrines
    29. 29. R&R
    30. 30. Lakeland College & CSA
    31. 31. Hawaii (2014)
    32. 32. International Practicum 2014