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International Field Study: Los Cacaos, Dominican Republic Winter Term

  • Approx. Price


  • Trip Date

    February 25 to March 5, 2017
    1 week (7 days)

  • Location

    Santo Domingo, Los Cacaos
    Dominican Republic

  • Description

    Spanish Cultural exploration, Fair Trade, Greenhouse Technology


    Open to all students

  • Application Deadline

    December 16 2016

What to Expect/Highlights

Los Cacaos is located in the mountainous province of San Cristóbal in southern Dominican Republic, west of the capital Santo Domingo. Coffee is the principal source of income for the people of Los Cacoas but recently the plants have been infected with “Roya” or coffee rust which has devastated the harvest. Diversification of the economy is greatly needed in this area and producing vegetables in greenhouses is a viable option.

1-Week of Cultural Experience

This short-term study program focuses on cultural exchange through engagement with daily Dominican Life. Students will experience city life with tours in Santo Domingo and rural life through a community placement in Los Cacaos where NC works with a Fair-Trade coffee cooperative.

While in Los Cacaos, students will engage in activities related to fair-trade coffee production, greenhouse production, aquaponics, Eco-tourism and interacting with community members in cultural exchanges. A major project that will be done on this trip will be the construction of a steel framed greenhouse.

  •  Start the journey in Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic.
  • Tour the oldest city in the New World and learn about the city’s cultural heritage.
  • Then head to the mountains, 1.5 hours northwest of the city to experience rural life.
  • Tour the coffee factory, nursery and coffee farms.
  • Work with the greenhouse growers on organic growing methods, IPM and irrigation.
  • Assemble and build the Greenhouse in cooperation with the growers.
  • Tour the proposed “Eco-School / Eco-Tourism” being developed in Santana.
  • Visit Los Hozaderos and learn about the history of Café Femenino.
  • Engage in cultural exchanges with community members

Current ongoing projects and learning activities:

  • building gValentina Zuniga Rodriguez Step2Picturereenhouses and growing high value crops
  • setting up aquaponics with tilapia fish
  • setting up treadle pumps
  • learning about coffee growing and processing
  • integrated pest management (IPM)
  • English lessons with the Youth Organization of Los Cacaos
  • community cleanup with the Youth Organization of Los Cacaos
  • sports events with children and youth of Los Cacaos
  • visit to the regional river dam
  • tropical fruit tour with DR Professor Milton
  • tour of Santana and work on the Agri-Tourism project (Culture, Education, Volunteer, Sustainable Tourism)


*Note we will be flying through the United States of America, therefore you must have permission to enter and leave the United States.

Payment & Application Process

$500 BWR Grant Opportunity

Students are eligible to receive the Be World Ready $500 travel grant upon their return to Canada.  Simply complete the 500 word reflection and picture upload within 30 days of returning from your trip.

How to Pay

Option 1 – In person

  • Go to Student Accounts located in the Registrar’s office at Niagara College. There is one at each campus.
  • Have your student number available.
  • Indicate that you would like to make a payment for an International Field Study: Dominican Republic Fall
  • Make payment (either deposit or final payment) for your International Opportunity to your student account.

Option 2 – Direct Deposit

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number.
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email and provide your name and  student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for International Field Study: Dominican Republic Fall AND copy Danielle Jewer, at on the email.
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly.

Payment Plan

Note that the fees included below are approximate and may vary at any time. Payment Type

Payment Type Amount Due Date
Deposit (non-refundable) 550 December 16th
2nd payment 375 January 11th
Final payment** 375 February 10th

Approximate Fees Include:

Flight, insurance, ground transportation in-country, accommodation (shared), three meals/daily while in Los Cacaos, and group tours. Accommodations will differ by location.

Do Not Include:

Passport, optional vaccinations, transportation to and from the airport, personal spending money, optional culture tours.


Participants are responsible for buying a travel card on arrival to Dominican Republic and must have 20USD cash to pay for the card. Meals are included for the 5 days spent in Los Cacaos, but students are responsible for their own meals during the 3 days spent in Santo Domingo (approximate budget is 25USD/day).

Cancellation Policy

All deposits and payments should be assumed as non-refundable when being made. If a student needs to cancel, they will be refunded monies paid in accordance with the supplier partners’ Cancellation Policy that the Study Work Abroad team is working with. This includes supplier partners providing services such as flights, ground transportation, accommodation, meals, programming, attractions, etc.

Application Process

  1. Apply Online
  2. Email Copy/Photo of Passport to Danielle Jewer, at (this is required to book your flight)
  3. Deposit Due (see above)
  4. Attend  Mandatory Pre-Departure Sessions including Sat. Oct. 1st, 2016 from 9am to 12pm
  5. Final Payment Due (see above)
  6. Upon Return: Complete BWR Travel Grant form

*Note we will be flying through the United States of America, therefore you must have permission to enter and leave the United States.