During their 2017 spring break, a group of 13 MMCC students and faculty leaders will travel to the Dominican Republic to engage in a 9-day study abroad experience that will earn the students two college credits for a HUM 225 class. While in the Dominican Republic, MMCC students will join volunteer teams from other colleges and universities to support educational initiatives through Outreach 360, an organization with the mission of providing educational experiences to underserved children. Students will provide English language learning experiences to disadvantaged students at an Outreach 360 learning center or in a local school.

This study abroad program integrates community service with meaningful learning while giving students a firsthand experience in a foreign culture.

Lucy Andarcia, MMCC Foreign Languages instructor at MMCC will lead the group, accompanied by MMCC English faculty member Jacky Justice-Brown and Dual Enrollment Mid Mentor Lindsey Golden. While in the Dominican Republic, students will also help teach in schools in the surrounding community ultimately reaching up to 700 grade-school students.

“Since I came to MMCC, it has always been my dream to meaningfully involve students in their global community,” said Andarcia. “This trip requires students to solve real-life problems and become active participants in serving and teaching others. For students, the experience combined critical and reflective thinking with personal and civic responsibility.”

MMCC plans to offer study abroad programs to different countries in the future. For more information about MMCC’s service learning and study abroad programs, contact Lucy Andarcia at (989) 386-6622, ext. 290 or Martin Stack, director of international programs, at (989)773-6622 ext. 234.

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