Dominican Republic

Population facets: 

Partner Organization: Puente Desarrollo Internacional

Location: Constanza, Dominican Republic

Number of Students: Up to 4 students

Dates:  Flexible

In person opportunities summer 2022: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2022: Yes

Additional Information:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, if we are unable to deploy students in person, students will not be obligated to complete the ISSLP and may withdraw without penalty. For students wishing to continue with the ISSLP in virtual mode, ISSLP staff will work with them to be placed with a virtual international service option.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience: None
  • Major Requirement:  None required but students in marketing, film and television, computer science, analytics (Python or AWS competent), data science, civil and/or environmental engineering (with interest in water and sanitation initiative) may find interest among the scope of work available
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements: None

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment: (The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed)

  • Self Defense

Site Description:  

See the official Puente Desarrollo Internacional website.

Puente is a nonprofit organization using proprietary technology to empower marginalized communities and catalyze sustainable development. The mission of the organization is to connect international development organizations and local institutions with under-served communities more efficiently to make development work more collaborative, impactful and sustainable.

Puente creates mobile data software to assess, map, and prioritize community needs. Trained local residents use puente’s platform to survey their communities, identity needs, and design solutions. Puente also partners with non-profits to maximize their impact: Puente’s partners use Puente technology to make data-informed decisions on how to work collaboratively in communities around the world.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: This is a new site for 2022. Scope of work may change based on the needs of the partner organization at the time of student arrival/engagement and/or due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This site can be in person and/or virtual for summer 2022.

The organization has multiple ongoing projects on water and sanitation initiatives, survey form creation, data analytics, computer science, back-end or front-end software engineering, marketing, user experience design and/or research, monitoring and evaluation, community development programming, site expansion plans, and transition to online learning program. Students will be matched with one of the projects depending on their interest and background.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students will live with a host family in Constanza.  Students are expected to be a respectful guest, to obey house rules, and to conduct themselves appropriately as one would living with any family.  Breakfast and dinner, Monday through Friday, are provided by the host family.  Students are responsible for lunch during weekdays and their own meals on weekends.

For More Information:

Visit the official Puente Desarrollo Internacional web page

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.


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Upcoming Events

October 2021

Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Postgraduate Service Lunch | Alliance for Catholic Education
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

November 2021

Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
Getting Something to Eat in Jackson
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
Mini Postgraduate Service Fair
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Taste of PATH
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:30pm
Information Session | Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (PSIM)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:00pm to 8:30pm
Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Catholic Social Tradition (CST) Minor Brunch
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 11:30am
Higgins Film CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm
Virtues & Vocations Presents Howard Gardner: What is Good Work?
Monday, November 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

December 2021

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm