The Dominican Republic has seen massive economic growth in the last few years, and people all over the country are contributing to the boom. Explore new horizons, from city to coastline, with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Dominican Republic through a designer’s lens and an entrepreneur’s mindset. Through the process of design thinking, you will learn how to adopt an innovative problem-solving approach to create product and service innovations to address business and social problems. The skills you’ll acquire as an entrepreneur, innovator, and collaborator are key for any change maker in the Dominican Republic and beyond.
On this Critical Issues Program—tailored to curious minds—work alongside small business owners and entrepreneurs to discover the unique ways they are sparking growth and innovation in their communities. Learn about the real-world challenges they face and apply design thinking, a technique used by entrepreneurs and innovators, to create actionable solutions to those challenges. Speak with small restaurant owners, street vendors, creative startup staff, and eco-tourism entrepreneurs. Get to know the rich history of Santo Domingo, plug in to its vibrant commercial scene, and visit the stunning landscapes of the southern coast. By the end of your travels, you will acquire not only an appreciation of Dominican culture, but also a fresh perspective on innovation, and a renewed sense of purpose and agency.
Components of a Critical Issues Program:
1) Deliberate Focus: Students explore specific global issues as they exist in communities around the world.
2) Pre-Travel Engagement: Prior to their arrival in the program’s base country, students build an understanding of the issue their program focuses on through readings, film screenings, and various learning opportunities.
3) Program Content and Discussion: Students progress through a curriculum comprised of activities, discussions, and debriefs designed to expand their understanding and exploration of key topics.
4) Program Staff: Program Leaders on Critical Issues programs have intimate local knowledge and an academic or professional background in the focus area.
No-Stress Travel Guarantee!
No-Stress Travel Guarantee!
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
- Two photocopies of passport
- Book and/or journal
- Ear buds
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Additional community service forms
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (15)
- Underwear (16)
- Pants/capris (2)
- Jeans (1)
- Collared shirt* or nicer outfit for business/NGO visits (2)
- Long shorts (2-3)
- Long skirt
- T-shirts (8-12)
- Long sleeved shirt (1-2, lightweight)
- Quick dry towel
- Beach towel/sarong
- Rain jacket
- Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
- Hat (for sun)
- Work gloves
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contact solution
- Foam earplugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream