PROGRAMS
"Be the change
you wish to see
in the world"
Mahatma Gandhi
Volunteer Central, Crosscultural Orientation
Cross-Cultural Transitions

See also Pre-Departure Orientation

It is quite possible that this will not be your first transition abroad, or your first experience in Latin America or
the Caribbean, or your first-hand contact with a community in which poverty plays a significant role on how
people live.  You have accepted to come and to make a meaningful contribution to the quality of life of
people here, particularly children and youth.  

Now think a bit in terms of your own personal and psychological needs.  Even if you've had previous
experiences abroad, do take time to browse through some of the following resources and use them as part
of your orientation to your transition to the beautiful town of Las Terrenas.  If you have any questions write us
at
correo@fundacionmahatmagandhi.com

CULTURE GENERAL
Culture shock, skills that matter at
http://www.gwu.edu/~studyabr/cultural.shtml

Brief notions of culture shock at http://edweb.sdsu.edu/people/CGuanipa/cultshok.htm

Expatriates and travel abroad sites, including country specific:
http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/living/resources/expatriatewebsites.shtml

Transition stages at
http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publications/magazine/0205/life_as_an_expatriate.shtml

CULTURE SPECIFIC
News and information on Samana at
http://www.samana.net/sn-english.htm

General information, chat rooms and more at http://dr1.com/

Map of Las Terrenas and other info at http://www.samana.tk/

General country information at http://hispaniola.com/dominican_republic/info/index.php

U.S. Consular Services information at http://www.usemb.gov.do/Consular/ACS/traveler_information-e.htm

RETURNING HOME
Preparing for the return, now, more at
http://www.umabroad.umn.edu/alumni/reverseCultureShock.html

Culture shock and reverse culture shock at
http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/overseas/faq/culture_shock/culture_shock.html

SAFETY AND SECURITY
There are many guidelines for safety and security while traveling abroad.  See important guidelines at
http://www.lifeessentialsbyzee.com/zee/safety/zLifeE_safety_biztrv_030.html.  A comprehensive list of safety
precautions appear at
http://www.umich.edu/~icenter/overseas/travel/safehealth.html and a handy one
appears at http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/top_ten_tips.html

Often people take risks when they find themselves away from familiar environments.  Please think safely.  
We purposely assume that you will act as a responsible adult and will protect yourself to the best of your
ability.  Please do not place yourself at risk unnecessarily.  As in any other place in the world there are risks
in town that include robberies, assaults, HIV/Aids, alcoholism, rapes, drug addiction and violence.  We
prefer that you act wisely and safely.  Safety starts with you.  More during your in-site orientation.
©2012 Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi.   Las Terrenas, Samaná Province, Dominican Republic.
Legalmente incorporada bajo las leyes de la República Dominicana (2012).  RNC 430-125-997.
correo@fundacionmahatmagandhi.com, 829.330.0986.
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