The International PDS in Cabarete, Dominican Republic provides opportunities for teacher candidates from Buffalo State to gain exposure to the Dominican culture and educational system by observing and working in local schools. Participants complete service learning activities with a not-for-profit organization and study the Spanish language. Buffalo State teacher candidates and faculty/staff travel to the Dominican Republic every other January for two and a half weeks.
Cabarete, Dominican Republic (view map) is located in the Caribbean on the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. It is a small town on the northern coast in the province of Puerto Plata. Due to the trade winds and physical features that produce ideal wind and wave conditions, Cabarete is a destination noted worldwide for its beaches and reputation as a premier kitesurfing locale. Average daytime temperatures in January are 80F, with humidity and brief tropical showers. Spanish is the national language, however Haitian Creole, French, and English are commonly heard.
The overall cost of the program includes: roundtrip flight, lodging, group ground transportation, language course/textbook, group cultural excursions, travel health insurance, program administrative fees and tourist fee to enter country but does not include anticipated or unexpected personal expenses. The current program estimate is $4000. Final program costs are determined once all participants are enrolled. Some expenses are included in a one-time fee applied to Buffalo State tuition bill. Other expenses are paid separately by each student before and during travel.
to be determined
Travel: January (2.5 weeks)
Coursework: Fall Semester
Accepting Applications: No
Application Deadline: April 1
Applications are accepted through the School of Education during open application periods only. Applicants must submit a completed application form, essay of intent, one academic reference, and a copy of past grades and current course registration. Handwritten applications are acceptable.
- Open to all current Buffalo State undergraduate or graduate students - including those graduating in the December prior travel
- Priority given to education majors
- Must maintain good academic standing
- Must be able to obtain passport
Follow Dominican Republic participants as they experience life abroad.
View individual profiles of past participants - colorful demonstrations of the impact of IPDS programs on the personal and professional lives of our students.
Kassia describes how traveling to the Dominican Republic through IPDS changed her teaching practice.
Bryanna reflects on how her experiences in the Dominican Republic and Chile changed her views of teaching.
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