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Sustaining a life of generous service requires spirituality
Fr. Dean Brackley SJ

More than 4,300 Creighton students have traveled to the Dominican Republic, either through Encuentro Dominicano, ILAC Summer Program, ILAC Water Quality Program, or other programs run out of the Creighton-ILAC office.

Creighton-ILAC programs emphasize the importance of global vision and understanding in the education of well-rounded individuals. Programs are offered for dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, law, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and undergraduate students.

Creighton-ILAC programs are about a true exchange of gifts.We are grateful for the collaborations we have with faculty and staff across campus that join with us to provide an opportunity for students to live in solidarity with and experience the love and hospitality of the Dominican people while at the same time using their skills to serve. 

Creighton-ILAC Faith & Service Volunteer Program

Creighton-ILAC Faith & Service Volunteer Program

WHEN: 6-12 month commitment, beginning in Fall 2019

WHO: postgraduates seeking volunteer/service abroad

PROGRAM DETAILS:

The ILAC Faith and Service Volunteer is a live-in, post-graduate staff member responsible for assisting with various aspects of the many programs that take place at the ILAC Center in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Volunteers will work directly as a cultural liaison with high school groups, college groups, medical missions, and graduate and professional schools. Volunteers will also spend some time at a designated service site in the city of Santiago. Site placement will follow a mutual discernment process to best fit the volunteer and the community.

Each volunteer receives a monthly stipend, room & board at the ILAC Center, international health insurance and travel health insurance coverage, and one round trip ticket from any city in the US to Santiago, Dominican Republic. Loan deferral can be arranged upon request.

View the complete position description HERE.

Applications are open for the 2019/2020 year - apply online HERE

Start Date: early January 2020 (an earlier start date is desired, if possible)

End Date: late July 2020

For more information contact:

Jill Muegge, Director, ILAC Operations - Omaha at JillMuegge@creighton.edu

Encuentro Dominicano

Encuentro Dominicano

WHEN: Every Fall & Spring semester, annually

WHO: Creighton University undergraduate students 

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Encuentro Dominicano embodies the Jesuit mission of promoting justice, striving for excellence, and dedication to the truth. Encuentro centers around service-learning, travel, and building community with fellow students and Dominicans – all while experiencing the rich and vibrant culture of the Dominican Republic.

Students will experience service, academic life, and two immersion trips living and working with Dominican families in a rural community.

Applications for the fall semester abroad are due by March 1, and applications for the spring semester abroad are due October 1. Students can apply online through the study abroad website

For more information contact:

ILAC Summer Health Program

ILAC Summer Health Program

WHEN: June - July (5 weeks), annually

WHO: Students in the schools of medicine (M1s & M3s), dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and undergraduate students. Professionals in each field are also welcome to apply.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Summer Program 2019 - June 17-July 21, 2019

The inter-disciplinary medical program gives students and professionals the opportunity to live with and become a part of a family and community in the rural campo communities of the Dominican Republic.  It focuses on building relationships across cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic barriers as well as creates the opportunity for Dominicans living in rural communities to receive basic health care. 

While living in the campos for 4 weeks, students and professionals work in a small clinic in the mornings and the afternoons are left to spend time with families or to give "charlas" (educational talks) on techniques to improve the quality of life through preventative health care.

Applications will open in September for the following year's program.  When available, information will be listed on the "applications" page.

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ILAC Water Quality Program

ILAC Water Quality Program

WHEN: May (3 weeks), annually

WHO: Creighton University undergraduate students

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Students spend time visiting rural campos to analyze water samples and correct problems with their filters. Following the analysis, students return to the campo to explain the results and educate the Dominicans about correct usage and maintenance habits. By working with the Dominicans, this program has the ability to impact the current and future health of rural communities. The program also focuses on building a community with those we work with. In forming these relationships, students experience service that is not about serving the community, but rather about serving with the community and creating a shared sense of dignity and accomplishment.

Applications are due in October for next summer's program. When available, information will be listed on the "applications" page.

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Law Program, Ronald Volkmer DR Immersion Trip

Law Program, Ronald Volkmer DR Immersion Trip

WHEN: January (1 week), annually

WHO: Law students and graduate students from the Werner Institute

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Law Program 2019 - January 3-10, 2019

Through the Ronald Volkmer Dominican Republic Immersion Trip, you’ll learn about the Dominican judicial system, participate in service projects, grow in your faith, and experience all aspects of Dominican life, law and culture.

Law students and graduate students from the Werner Institute are provided opportunities to learn about various human rights issues in the Dominican Republic in a variety of contexts, including trips to the border of Haiti and to the capitol of Santo Domingo as well as to a rural campo.  A one day service project is also scheduled along with time for reflection and prayer in the Mission Chapel at the ILAC Center.  The trip is best described as an "immersion" experience with the opportunity to be spiritually and culturally awakened by contact with the Dominican People.

Applications will be due in October for the following January. When available, information will be listed on the "applications" page.

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Occupational Therapy (OT) Rotation

Occupational Therapy (OT) Rotation

WHEN: January - February (3 weeks), annually

WHO: Graduating Creighton University OT students

PROGRAM DETAILS:

The OT ILAC Program is a 3-week immersion for graduating occupational therapy students in the Dominican Republic working in partnership with International Child Care, a community-based rehabilitation program focused on serving children with disabilities in the barrios of Santiago.  Teams of students and professionals visit the home environments of the children to evaluate and educate promotoras or lay health providers on strategies for the children and their families.  The program also focuses on learning the culture and occupations of the Dominican People which includes a weekend immersion in a rural community or campo, visits to a Haitian Batey, and providing service in a local orphanage.  Throughout the program, students and professionals engage in active reflection about the culture, occupations and personal growth from the experience. 

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Physical Therapy (PT) Clinical Immersion

Physical Therapy (PT) Clinical Immersion

WHEN: March - April (4 weeks), annually

WHO: Graduating Creighton University PT students

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Provides graduating PT students the opportunity to participate in a 4 week clinical immersion in the Dominican Republic.  Creighton's PT program works in collaboration with many PT sites within the Dominican Republic, provides a clinic in a rural community and does clinical work within the ILAC center.  Continuing the physical therapy treatment is one of the main focuses of the program.  In order to do that without being fully present throughout the year, students provide "charlas" or community meetings for continued treatment and the furthering of the 'cura personalis'.

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Women's Health Elective

Women's Health Elective

WHEN: February (4 weeks), annually

WHO: Medical students interested in OBGYN, family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

The trip has a fundraising expectation of $2,750 (flight is included). Medical Spanish is required. There are interpreters available; however, the student will get much more out of the experience the more Spanish they know!

  • Experience the different sides of Women's Healthcare in the DR. You will spend time in the public hospital, private hospital and rural area. There will be one week immersion in the rural area where the student will live with a Dominican family and the team sets up and runs a clinic for one week. The student will become proficient in pelvic exams and counseling regarding women's health issues.
  • Reflection is an important component, both group and personal reflection in the spirit of Ignatian values.
  • Finally, plenty of opportunities to learn about and experience the Dominican culture, Dominican-Haitian relations, and time at the beach!

*Must have some interest in women’s health, but do not have to be going into OBGYN as a specialty.  Students going into family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine are all welcome to participate.

Applications are due in May for the following year's program.

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