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  • Locations: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:


Beavers Without Borders (BWOB) is a service-learning study abroad program, developed as a collaboration between OSU Athletics and OSU International Programs. BWOB complements students' academic work in the classroom, providing real world experience overseas while helping others in need. Students engage in a service project, learning about other countries and cultures, developing an appreciation and understanding of what poverty, wealth and privilege look like from the point of view of people in developing countries, and meeting people in all walks of life in a new setting.

The purpose of this program is to provide OSU students with the opportunity to participate in a short-term service trip to the Dominican Republic and to engage in experiential, service learning outside the usual classroom setting. The Beavers Without Borders program is partnering with a study abroad organization, CIEE, which offers educational programs and has a study center in Santo Domingo. OSU students will work on community service projects in Los Llanos, a small rural community that BWOB has visited for the past four years. Our host in Los Llanos is a priest, Padre Cesar, who has a range of projects for the Beavers. We work at a chidren's home, and old folks home, and work clearing fields and planting crops. We often work with people who live in the community on these projects. While we don't have a clear plan for the project to be done in 2018, it is expected that we will engage in similar work as previous years. We will also spend time in the capital city of Santo Domingo, learning about the history and culture of the country by exploring the old colonial zone and visiting a museum that celebrates Dominican struggles for freedom. We will also visit a local little league organization and play baseball with the kids. These activities will allows for immersion into different community settings and the opportunity to interact and serve with people in the country.

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in INTL 399: Beavers Without Borders - Dominican Republic (1 credit)

Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this experience, students will be able to:
  • Comprehend elements of culture and society in the Dominican Republic
  • Understand the complexities, cultural contexts and consequences of service projects in the Dominican Republic
  • Enhance interpersonal skills and practice of group dynamics
  • Give examples of how experience relates to learning
  • Provide examples of how their pre-conceived notions were challenged
  • Maneuver government travel regulations and navigate international airports


The program is designed primarily for student athletes.

Cost Estimates

Program Cost Estimates

Program Fee $2,500
Tuition (1 credit) $201
Housing Included in Program Fee
Meals Included in Program Fee
Accident & Sickness Insurance $22 (approximate)
International Airfare Included in Program Fee
Passport $135
Visa or Entry/Exit Tax N/A
Books & Supplies Included in Program Fee
Local Transportation Included in Program Fee
Misc. Expenses $50
Total Estimated Expenses $2,926

Additional Info

The Program Leader is David Bernell.


This program is currently not accepting applications.