Dominican Republic

*** ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ON-LINE APPLICATION STARTING FEB. 8th, 2021. APPLICATIONS WILL BE PROCESSED ON A ROLLING BASIS THROUGH FEB. 22nd (OR UNTIL ALL SPOTS ARE FILLED)

Academic Courses

DR - EGR
  • CSL 210 - Sustainable Community Development in Latin America & the Carribean

AND

  • EVE 491/591 - Special Topics – Water, Indoor Air, Sanitation and Appropriate Technologies in Developing Communities

Faculty

  • Dr. Michael MacCarthy, Associate Professor of Environmental & Civil Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Mrs. Mónica Resto-Fernández, Adjunct Professor, 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, indoor air, sanitation, and hygiene [WASH]) in under-served communities in the Dominican Republic. It emphasizes community development, capacity building, and the use of appropriate technologies.

Likely student activities include:

- Conducting innovative field research on low-cost ways to assess and to better protect groundwater resources for use as drinking water sources,

- Carrying out preliminary accessibility surveys in the community,

- Collecting indoor air quality data,

-  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), and

- 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 the El Cercado area of San Juan province, where we will be spending most of our trip.

Service-research activities conducted in-country related to drinking water sources, groundwater, and capacity building are supported by the newly established Cecil Day Family Center for International Groundwater Innovation, whose goal is to help provide access to clean water to the world’s most water-poor communities by working with local stakeholders.

 

Contact Information

 

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