International Field Study

W20 Dominican Republic – Coffee, Co-Operatives, & Community

Students will be immersed in the culture and community of a rural DR village in which the students will be staying 24 hours/day for 6 days of the IFS. During this time, the students will visit the local KG – 12 school and meet with the students there and engage in play learning, visit the local health care clinics to better understand access to services in rural communities, and will be toured through the mountains of DR to learn about the flora and fauna unique to this region. Students will also visit the coffee cooperative we partner with where the members will share how this cooperative has kept the spirit of the people in the community vibrant while they experienced hurricane damaged crops, droughts, and beyond affecting the historical ways this community had economically thrived. Finally, in Santo Domingo, the group will visit our academic partner and meet with the university students to be exposed to their learning culture along with a lesson on the historical context of DR. Indeed the students will help build a greenhouse and plant crops, this is all done alongside the small community of 1700 people.

Day 1| Santo Domingo

February 22, 2020 

Congratulations! You have officially avoided winter! Breathe in the tropical air as we transfer to our accommodations in beautiful Santo Domingo. After settling into our rooms its time to go out and explore the city with a tour of the Historic district of Santo Domingo.

Day 2| Los Tres Oyos

February 23, 2020

This morning we tour Los Tres Oyos – Just five miles east of Santo Domingo, Los Tres Ojos National Park is a beautiful nature break from the city, and offers a solid glimpse of the Taino’s underground caverns once used for refuge or rituals. A winding entrance staircase leads to a series of caves, with pathways hugging three freshwater, iridescent blue lagoons or “eyes” as the Taino used to call them for their oval-shapes. A fourth lagoon is accessible via a small wooden barge, revealing a gorgeous, open-air scenery of water and a rocky landscape covered in lush vegetation all around. This afternoon we head to beautiful Playa Juan Dolio for team building.  the cosmopolitan beach town of Juan Dolio offers an easy and tranquil tropical escape near the capital city. Juan Dolio’s 10-kilometer (six-mile) long, spacious and sparkling white sand beach is dotted with hotels, dive shops, restaurants, and bars

Day 3 – 6| Los Cacoas

February 24, 25, 26 & 27, 2020

As we journey to Los Cacoas we stop at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo Los Cacaos to visit one of the top post-secondary schools in the Dominican. Los Cacoas 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. While in Los Cacaos, students will engage in activities related to fair-trade coffee production, greenhouse production, environmentally sustainable growing methods 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.

Day 7| Presa Jiguey

February 28, 2020

Today we meet the Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo. Later we tour the rainforest! Our local guide will lead us through the lush landscape while teaching us about the plants, fruits and animals that inhabit this unique area. The afternoon we will visit Presa Jiguey, one of the largest hydro-electric dams in the world.

 

Day 8| Depart for Canada

February 29, 2020

Sit back, relax and reflect on the amazing experience that was Dominican Republic. Today we return to Canada.

  • Round Trip Airfare
  • All Accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Construction Materials
  • Los Tres Ojos National Park
  • Playa Juan Dolio
  • Coffee Plantation Tour
  • Rain Forest Tour
  • & More!

PAYMENT TERMS

Deposit
Second Payment

PAYMENT AMOUNT

550
449

PAYMENT AMOUNT

10/07/2019
01/20/2020

*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.

APPROXIMATE. PRICE
999+/ ($500 BWR grant applied)

TRIP DATE 02/22/2020

TO

02/29/2020

TRIP DESTINATION
Dominican Republic

PROGRAM

This opportunity is available to all Niagara College students and alumni within 6 months of graduation. Please note that part-time students are not eligible for the Be World Ready Grant.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE
10/07/2019

Payment Options

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 studentaccounts@niagaracollege.ca and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at beworldready@niagaracollege.ca 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

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to beworldready@niagaracollege.ca
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
 
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.
 
 

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email beworldready@niagaracollege.ca a copy/photo.

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