Haiti – International Service

International Service in Haiti

Next Offered: March 3-10, 2018

International Service makes a unique contribution to building global awareness and world peace as we are increasingly “citizens of the world!”  In partnership with Wings of Hope and St. Joseph Home for Boys, our students serve with the people of Haiti, while learning about their social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and religious way of life. Our primary service in Haiti will be working with developmentally disabled people who live at Wings of Hope in Jacmel. Immersion into Haitian culture is an introduction to a beautiful and proud people who live in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.  International Service helps Dominican students, faculty and staff live the mission in a unique way as we "participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.”

STA 299 is a one-credit Community based Learning course in a field-based setting. The week of service in Haiti is preceded by three mandatory pre-trip classroom orientation sessions and a post-trip debriefing and program planning sessions. All currently enrolled students must register for one credit of STA 299.

Academic Program

STA 299 is a stand-alone course for one credit for which students will register during the semester of travel. It will count towards the student’s maximum of 18 credit hours per semester. If a student wishes to apply this credit to a major, they would need the written approval of their major advisor.

Requirements for one-credit:

  • Attend pre- and post-trip classes and orientations
  • Keep a journal
  • Participate in the reflective learning process in country
  • Participate in all in-country events
  • Assist in a post-trip program for DU community

Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for this course

  • Complete online application form, including two recommendation forms
  • Medical form completed by a physician due at time of deposit
  • Deadline: November 3, 2017;
  • Deposit deadline: November 17, 2017

For more information, please contact MaDonna Thelen at mthelen@dom.edu (708) 524-6425.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Costs

Includes housing, group excursions, three meals per day and airfare

  • Currently enrolled DU students: $2300 (includes tuition up to 18 semester hours; if over 18 credits, students must pay overload) 
  • Auditors: $2300

Please note that any increases in fuel surcharges or taxes which occur up to the time of ticketing will be paid by the participant.

Due to fluctuation in exchange rates, the cost of the program is subject to change

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid available.  Please contact MaDonna Thelen at mthelen@dom.edu 

Requirements and Eligibility

  • Accepted Dominican student or qualified adult
  • 2.5 DU GPA
  • Students must attend at least one information session

Excursions, Housing and Transportation


  • Under no circumstances will students be permitted to travel independently. All excursion and site visits will be with the group and directors.


Housing will be at St. Joseph Home for Boys, which has accommodations for up to 20 guests in a brand new building.  Each bedroom has six beds and a full bath.  Meals will be provided.


  • Group flight arranged by program directors who will accompany the group.
  • In-country transportation is provided by a pre-arranged driver.