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Salukis Abroad in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Design Build Service Learning

Twenty students and Professor Jon Davey from Southern Illinois University participated in a design-build-service learning adventure in the Dominican Republic during Spring Break 2014. The students’ areas of study included architecture, interior design, psychology, and education.

The goal of the trip was to assist the Peace Corps in building a new Ecological Center for the Dominican Women’s Foundation in the Dominican Alps. The Peace Corps was awarded a $5,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development and a $1,000 grant from the Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the project. The group had the honor of presenting the check to the Dominican Women’s Foundation.

While in the Dominican, the students assisted with the building project in multiple ways, including clearing brush from the jungle, digging holes for new trees, repairing saplings, constructing trusses and building a new deck and seating area.

After all the hard work, the students and Professor Davey deserved to have some fun. They experienced the local culture, dining on local cuisine at roadside cafes, going out dancing and interacting with the locals. They also went on a white water rafting trip, went snorkeling, and did a bit of hiking, too.

Professor Davey wants to thank all the great SIU students for their hard work! He says of the group: “You are great travelers and have shown great empathy in your spirits to help build the Ecological Center for the Women's Foundation in the Dominican Alps. You are truly Saluki’s Abroad!”