Santa Cruz del Seibo, Dominican RepublicSanta Cruz del Seibo, Dominican Republic

Santa Cruz del Seibo, Dominican Republic

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Term:

Summer

Setting:

Semi-Rural

Overview:

Famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and diverse ecosystems, the Dominican Republic has a history that includes cruel dictators, three centuries of colonial rule, and devastation wrought by hurricanes. Although the nation boasts a booming tourist industry and has the second largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American regions, communities struggle with environmental degradation, unemployment, corruption, and infrastructural challenges. 

Partner:

Social Entrepreneur Corps

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With a focus on social entrepreneurship, GESI students will participate in grassroots development by partnering with Dominican communities to create first-time access to life-changing technologies, products, and services for rural communities through locally-owned, managed, and profitable entrepreneurial solutions.

Fast Facts

  • Formal Name: Dominican Republic
  • Nationality: Dominican
  • Currency: Dominican Peso. Check XE for updated exchange rates.
  • National Population: 10,349,741; 87th in the world
  • Santa Cruz del Seibo Population: 97,144
  • Poverty Rate: 34.4% nationally
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 95%, Other 5%
  • Languages: Spanish (official), 4 other languages
  • Climate: JUN-AUG average high 89℉ average low 76℉, average rainfall 3-4in, and SEP-DEC average high 84℉ average low 72℉, average rainfall 3-5in  
  • Independence: Former colony of Spain, independence 1916