Dr. Mary Dosch, Psychology, and Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs, recently returned from co-teaching a 12 day study abroad course to the Dominican Republic. This intercultural, interdisciplinary tour included graduate and undergraduate students from Counseling and Student Affairs, Anthropology, Social Work, Speech Language Hearing and Education. 

The course included 35 hours of direct Service Learning at the Mariposa Foundation interacting with the young girls, creating mosaics, organizing materials, and taking inventory. The Mariposa Foundation, inspired by the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, focuses on the education and empowerment of women and girls. It was founded in 2009 in response to the DR’s urgent need for community-based solutions to end poverty.

The study tour also included an additional service learning day at the National School of Environmental and Natural Resources as well as museum visits, cultural dancing, and reflective journaling experiences.