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Many of the communities with whom we partner have experienced historic marginalization and have identified areas where they welcome your service.  We take our partnership with these communities seriously and as such have created many opportunities for you to prepare for your engagement. 

At DukeEngage Registration, you will turn in all completed paperwork and learn more about your travel arrangements.  You may also apply for a visa or set up an appointment with Student Health at this time.

All participants, will attend required pre-departure meetings to receive valuable information about the culture and context of their specific DukeEngage Program or working independently.  These are required meetings and also the best way to prepare yourself for your specific program.

As part of your pre-departure training, you will also complete online modules that will overview ethical issues you might encounter, how to budget your stipend, ways to keep yourself healthy and safe and more.

Finally, at the end of the semester we look forward to your enthusiasm and participation at the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy.  With your entire cohort of DukeEngage students you will be a part of a 2-day exploration of civic engagement. 

With your participation in these opportunities, you uphold the reputation of Duke University and its commitment to respecting these communities and the issues they wish to address.  When you fail to honor these obligations in a timely manner, you are compromising the integrity of your service to these communities and the relationships and trust we have built with them.

Each of our programs, both in the U.S. and abroad, offers unique opportunities to understand social, economic, and cultural differences.  Some differences will be more visible and others will be more subtle.  These pre-departure training events provide you with the tools to approach your engagement thoughtfully, no matter where you serve.