Break Description

A group of Alternative Breakers pose in front of a rural health clinic: "centro de atencion primaria Veragua."

Be part of a medical brigade with 7Elements! For over a decade, they've been bringing students from around the world to the Dominican Republic for ethical and impactful service-learning experiences. Each day, we'll travel from Las Canas to different communities that face barriers to accessing health care. Barriers range from an inability to afford care, to living a great distance from medical facilities, to exclusion from the health care system due to a lack of legal immigration status. We'll shadow doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals as they carry out this essential work.

In the evenings, we'll rest and recover at 7Element's lodge, which includes meals prepared by members of the local community (and easy beach access!). 7Elements will provide all transportation in the DR.

The break cost includes airfare, housing, and all meals while in the Dominican Republic. It does not include meals on travel days or our community day, souvenirs, costs associated with obtaining a passport, or any required/recommended vaccinations.


JMU is a member of the University Global Coalition with the United Nations and is committed to achieving a better and more sustainable future as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals.

 Icon for Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing. A cartoon heart with a jagged EKG graph.

Focus on: Supporting Wellness

Community: Las Canas, Dominican Republic

Leaders: Mai Mohamed and Aleena Raja

Cost: $1,975 (need-based scholarships available)

What type of travel will this break use? International Flying

What kind of break is this? Spring Break

Departure Date: 03-09-2024

Return Date: 03-16-2024

What community partner will you be working with? 7Elements

Currently Offered?: Yes

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