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

For over 40 years, the Institute for Latin American Concern has provided an immersion into the gritty reality of the world for Creighton students.  

The table above reflects the 2016 numbers for our participants from the various Creighton schools and colleges.  We are so grateful for the collaborations we have with so many faculty and staff across campus that join with us to provide an opportunity for our 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.  ILAC is about a true exchange of gifts.

Women’s Health Elective

Occurs during the month of February. The trip has a fundraising expectation of about $1,500 (flight is an additional cost). Apply online HERE.

The February 2020 program application deadline is May 30, 2019, and applicants will be contacted by the program director within a week of the deadline. 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 Women¹s 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 women¹s 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.

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Summer Program 2019 - June 17-July 21, 2019

The program gives students and professionals the opportunity to live with and become a part of a family and community in the campos 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.

Ronald Volkmer ILAC Law Program 2019 - January 3-10, 2019

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 barrio in Santiago.  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.

  • Check out the Law Program's website

For more information contact:

Water Quality Program- May 5-31, 2019

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.

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Applications due Oct 23, 2018.

Physical Therapy - March-April

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'.

For more information contact:

Occupational Therapy 2018 - January- February 2018

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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Medical School Electives

  • Rural Health Clinic for Medical Residents-Flexible dates
  • ***Encuentro Dominicano - Operates from the Global Engagement Office under Dr. Rene Padilla*** Website