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El Cercado, Dominican Republic

Diocese of Rockville Center in Long Island, N.Y.


In partnership with the Diocese of Rockville Center in Long Island, N.Y., participants will work in a small mountain town in the jungle of the Dominican Republic. The diocese has maintained a mission in El Cercado for more than 30 years. Students will perform high-volume dentistry in a rural clinic that serves residents of El Cercardo and farming families from 85 nearby villages. The town is surrounded by mountains and located near two national parks. It is only a short drive from Santa Cruz de Barahona, a coastal city famous for its ecotourism.


July, 2012


For more information about this externship, contact Dr. Bernard Levy at 410-706-7342 or

FAST FACTS: Dominican Republic

Location: Caribbean, east of Haiti, occupying eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola

Population: 9.8 million

Capital: Santo Domingo

Official language: Spanish

Climate: tropical maritime with little seasonal temperature variation