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RUSH Interdisciplinary Service Experience (RISE)

What is it?

RISE is an Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Experience with a structured curriculum and scholarly focus:

Student Expectations:

  • Work in collaboration with the community and their peers to complete a labor intensive service project
    • Have good team spirit
    • Be prepared for physical labor outside their daily practices; past projects include cementing floors for families in the community (ability to lift 30 pounds) Most work is done outdoors.
    • Be prepared for a setting and daily living that may be outside their comfort zone
  • Participate in brief didactic and curricular exposure to cultural competency and ethics prior to the service trips (approximately 10 hours)
  • Complete a assigned write-up post experience

Community service project- will be multi-factorial in partnership with community members in a select city in the Dominican Republic. Details of what participants will do are to be determined. Past projects include cementing floors for family homes in the community. 

Where is it?

  • Villa Verde, an established community outside of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic or a new partner community in the Dominican Republic

When is it?

  • University Spring Break: March 1-8, 2025

Who can participate?

Open to Rush Students 

Cost of experience?

The cost for logistics, which includes program fee, accommodation, in country transport and food is $1450 with scholarship available to students. Additional costs are flights and travel insurance.  

2024-25 Service Experience

Application available fall 2024