Dominican Republic – Educator Program

Experience the Birthplace of the Americas and Confront the Legacy of Slavery in Today’s Dominican Republic

Educator Expedition of Language, Culture, History and Collaborative Leadership
July 17-24, 2021

Are you ready for your own adventure and global learning immersion?  GYLI will again be offering our Teacher/Educator Expedition to the Dominican Republic in July 2019. This program will allow educators to see, learn, serve, and participate, then make plans to bring the learning back to their classrooms and communities.

What Past Participants have said:

“I literally have no complaints. I thought it was perfect:  –North Carolina Educator, 2018

“The mountain was a challenge, but it was he place I grew the most.  This was the best professional development experience I have ever had,” –North Carolina educator 2018 

“I loved reading “In the Time of the Butterflies, and then visiting all the great schools and organizations! Simply amazing!”  –Texas educator, 2017 

“Going to the slave plantations definitely helped me think about how I teach colonialism.  I will make some changes to my approach this year.”  –Illinois educator 2015 

Who Should Attend?

Pre-service Teachers, k-12 teachers, and school administrators interested in 21st Century teaching and learning, global education, multi-culturalism, history, culture, language, and bringing the world to your classroom. We expect educators from a wide variety of schools: public, private, independent, charter schools, boarding and day schools.


  • Santo Domingo
  • Jarabacoa
  • Santiago 


Saturday, July 17 to Saturday, July 24, 2021. 

Speakers and Presenters

Joaquin Mendez
Director of the Amistad Learning Center – Santo Domingo, DR

Lucy Arraya
Professor for Law and Human Rights UNIBE Santo Domingo, DR

Martha Roquel, Phd
Professor of Anthropology, Catholic University

Guiding Questions

  • How can we connect with our shared heritage and ancestry and use it as a tool in our teaching and learning?
  • What is the historical and emerging role of women and minorities (especially Haitians) in Dominican Society?
  • How can we foster global leadership with local application among our students and teachers?
  • How can we design tasks using the GYLI tools of Leader Learning Plans, Leadership Styles Inventory and 5Cs of Awareness?
  • How can we increase student and teacher engagement in our school?
  • How can we transfer a powerful experiences back to my classroom?

Topics for Exploration:

    1. Collaborative Leadership Process and Leadership Styles Inventory
    2. Facilitating meaningful conversations about identity in educational settings.  We will use the 5C’s of Awareness (developed by Dr. Ulric Johnson, PhD)
    3. Elements of Project-Based Learning from Buck Institute and other national models.  You can see some materials we will use HERE
    4. Small scale projects to promote environmental sustainability on school campuses
    5. Role of Women in Dominican Republic and Latin America.  Read a recent Gallup Survey HERE

Learning Outcomes

Participants will increase your awareness and understanding and ability to:

    1. Teach about Colonial Americas and the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade
    2. Design and present a Leader Learning Plan (LLP)—the GYLI process that guides the transfer of a powerful global experience back to the participant’s home school and community
    3. Develop and improve Spanish language speaking, listening and comprehension skills by interacting daily with Spanish language speakers (for those interested).  The program is presented in both Spanish and English–so language will not be a barrier.
    4. Increase environmental awareness by experiencing hands-on, small-scale farming, and the differences in conventional vs. organic farming techniques
    5. Improve collaboration and leadership skills by working and living with others, moving outside of comfort zone, and planning follow up steps

Additional Information

For registration or additional questions, please email [email protected]

Click HERE for photos of past programs.