Student Agency Services or SAS, currently operating as Student Services, was officially funded and incorporated in the Dominican Republic in 2000 as a student & researcher service agency for students and professionals. Its function is to promote, organize, provide, and take charge of logistics, student training, development programs, and academic policies, and to provide and coordinate with professors to provide materials that will be used in the teaching process. Incorporated in the D.R. as RNC#123-014996; registered in the USA under IRS section 501 (c) (3) FID#82-5266169.

SAS

Student Agency Services

This program is just for you, student with interest in learning about the Dominican culture and teach English in the Guanin community center. this program will serve as classes for the students' "curriculum of life" as well as for their professional, lives--for both the national and international students.

You could find yourself living and teaching English on a tropical island. Rich in history and culture, the SAS/Guanin Center, inc. offers you a glimpse into one of the most vibrant cultures of the Caribbean. Learn to dance the merengue, perfect your Spanish, and gain international work experience in paradise.

Teaching kids at the Dominican-Haitian communitiesPublic school kids from 05 years to 15 years oldUniversity studentsPublic High schoolEnglish for adults, who need to get better life job in the tourism industry.

SAS/Guanin Center has partnerships with prestigious non-profit foundations, public institutions and universities that conduct work in the areas of: improvement of basic and higher education; teacher training; increased use of technology and teaching and learning, curriculum design and university admissions. The Program offers internship opportunities related to: science instruction, technology education for adults, second language instruction in English and Spanish, pedagogy and evaluation systems.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:1-We provide you with a pre-arrival orientation packet that includes maps, explanations of how to use the local buses and taxis, a pre-departure checklist, and other needed information to ensure that you enjoy your extended period of time living and working in the Dominican Republic. Staff contacts, local phone numbers (809) 435-1980, (829) 845-4599, fax (809) 599-6120 and email inf@studentservicesdr.org will also be provided prior to your departure. Upon arrival in Santo Domingo, you will be met at the airport and taken directly to the lodging that you have chosen with our assistance. We provide you with complete orientation upon arrival to the region where you will be working. As a bonus, we include a tour of the Capital's Colonial Zone, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. We also provide you with 24-hour, 7-days-a-week support while you are here with us.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE & PAYMENTS:

The cost of the program is US $ 750, which includes pick up at the airport, full day city tour with lunch buffet, and one night at a hotel in Santo Domingo. This is a one-time payment that covers your first day´s stay in the country and transportation by bus from Santo Domingo to the project site.

To apply , submit:

a) Resume/Curriculum Vitae (in English and/or Spanish) and a copy of your university transcripts, along with contact information for your advisor, department head, or university rector. b) Statement of interest, including the length of internship desired. c) Program application.

Your completed application must be accompanied by a US $ 70 non-refundable processing fee. This fee may be by paypal through the Guanin site or by wire to our bank.. Please allow 15-30 days for admissions decisions. Upon admission, we will notify you of the internship options we have available for you and the date upon which you will begin.

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the government of the Dominican Republic has put in place a number of reforms aimed at ensuring universal access to primary and secondary education; achieving universal literacy; improving universal infrastructure in rural areas; expanding educational offerings in the areas of science and technology; increasing teacher training; and increasing the number of students that go on to pursue and complete degree programs at universities.

The educational reforms implemented in the 1990s had transformative effects, reducing the number of uneducated individuals from 20% in 1991 to 10% in 2002. The median number of years of education for persons between the ages of 20 and 29 was 8-9 years, while the median number of years of education for persons over the age of 50 was 3-4 years (2002 Encuesta Demográfica y de Salud).

In 2005, the government inaugurated the Presidential Forum for Excellence in Dominican Education. The Forum, led by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Instituto Nacional de Formación Técnico Profesional, shapes educational policy and programs designed to help the nation achieve international standards of excellence. Principal objectives of the Forum are: expanding access to education at all levels; decreasing secondary and university drop-out rates; and intensifying science and technology and English language programs.

Home to the first university in the Americas, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) the largest public university in the Dominican Republic -- today the Dominican Republic boasts 19 private institutes of higher education that cater to the countrys student population.

Despite gains in improving education and democratizing access, inequities still exist. There is a lack of trained educators, resources and educational facilities and illiteracy still remains a problem more than one million people in the Dominican Republic today are illiterate (dr1.com, 25 February 2009). Additionally, statistical data collected between 2000 and 2005 indicates that while rates of primary education enrollment are high, 13% of elementary-aged children do not attend school. These findings also confirm that disparities in terms of educational opportunity between the affluent and the poor represent challenges that still need to be addressed (A Lot to Do: A Report Card on Education in Central America and the Dominican Republic. PREAL 2007).

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