Dominican Republic

Academic Courses

DR - EGR***ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE.PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ON-LINE APPLICATION VERY SOON – STARTING NOV. 1st 2017, APPLICATIONS WILL BE PROCESSED ON A ROLLING BASIS THROUGH DEC. 1st (OR UNTIL ALL SPOTS ARE FILLED)

  • CSL 210 Sustainable Community Development in the Dominican Republic

PLUS EITHER:

  • EVE 491 Special Topics – Sustainable Water, Sanitation, and Appropriate Technologies in Latin America & the Caribbean

   OR

  • EVE 493 Special Topics – Indoor Air Quality in Developing Communities

Faculty

  • Dr. Michael MacCarthy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Dr. André Butler, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Ms. Monica Resto, Adjunct Instructor, School of Engineering

Program Highlights

Service Project Description:

The Dominican Republic M.O.M. program focuses on finding appropriate, sustainable environmental health solutions (related to water, sanitation, and indoor air) in under-served communities in the Dominican Republic. It emphasizes community development, capacity building, and the use of appropriate technologies.

Likely student activities include:

- Innovative field research on low-cost ways to better protect groundwater resources for drinking water

- Carrying out indoor air quality surveys/assessments at a select number of rural community households

- Working with a rural community group to build/improve a community or institutional water supply system (e.g. at a local school or health center), and/or working with local stakeholders on the development of appropriate maintenance and repair plans for their local water system(s)

- Building the capacity of stakeholders at the local level to collect hydrogeological data to better inform water resource management and thereby improve the environmental sustainability of water supply systems.

Living conditions in the Dominican Republic will be basic during the majority of our journey. We will have the chance to visit the capital city (Santo Domingo), a coastal beach and/or experience trekking and wildlife viewing, practice speaking Spanish, enjoy local cuisine, and most importantly, work with local stakeholders (households, technicians, government workers, etc.) to find ways to improve the environmental health of households in El Cercado area of San Juan province, where we will be spending most of our trip.

Tentative Travel Dates: May 16 to June 6, 2018

Contact Information

For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.