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  • Locations: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Jan Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Jan Term
Program Description:

Jan Term: Dominican Republic and the Educational and Life Experiences of the Deaf - ASL 1140

Faculty leaders: Dr. Paul Fitzpatrick & Dr. Mark Rust
The application will open soon!

Overview McDaniel students teaching Deaf children about the solar system at Santa Rosa School for the Deaf.

Ever wonder what it would be like to teach in a foreign country with Deaf students who communicate with a different signed language than ASL? If so, this is the trip for you. As a participant you will be responsible to collaborate with your peers in developing instructional activities centered on a chosen theme. These lessons will be implemented by your team in several classrooms around the capital area of Santo Domingo in various schools for the Deaf.  These lessons provide a bilingual model of instruction for the teachers in the different schools.

There is plenty of time to meet and greet many Deaf adults, as well, during after hours. You will be able to compare the life styles of the Dominican Deaf community to that of the US Deaf community.

Though there is work involved, there will be time for some R&R on the Caribbean beach, too.
Check out the blog from past trips:
Students at the Sabana Perdida school introducing themselves to the McDaniel students


In and around the capital city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


Tentative Travel Dates: Jan. 7 - Jan. 22, 2022
This class will meet seven times throughout the Fall semester, and give one or two presentations during the following Spring semester once back on campus. 

Our day of R&R on the Caribbean Beach.

Housing and Meals

We will stay in a hotel on the coast while in the city. You will be paired up with one other person to share your hotel room. All evening meals are included in the cost of the trip.


This Jan Term trip meets the requirement for the Jan Term. This will, also, count towards practicum hours for the ASL Studies minor.

Students at the Sabana Perdida school attending to a lesson on the phases of the moon.


Your trip will cost approximately $2,670, plus the $130 Jan term fee.

Program fees include: air/hotel/ground transportation/evening meals/taxes/tips/beach admittance, and international health & travel insurance. You will be responsible for your own breakfast and lunch meals.

The deadline to withdraw is Oct. 1, 2020  After that date, no full refunds will be given.


  • Students must have sophomore class standing or higher or be a First Year Honors student.
  • Students must be in good academic and financial standing with the College
Note: The faculty leader will provide final approval for all registered students to participate.  Accepted students will be automatically registered for the class. Students must have a clear financial balance in order to be registered for the class.

Application Process

Click "Apply Now" and follow the prompts to log in with your McDaniel username and password to complete the application.
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021
Withdrawal Deadline: September 15, 2021.  After this date, no full refunds will be given.


For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Fitzpatrick at

This program is currently not accepting applications.