Over the weekend, the Summer 2017 InteRDom interns took part in the third and final cultural activity of their program. The interns had the opportunity on Saturday, August 5th to enjoy a full day in the municipality of Baní, where they visited a number of truly picturesque landscapes. Accompanied by InteRDom staff, the interns departed the headquarters of Funglode at 10:00 a.m. and were told of the significance of the locations they were about to visit on the way. The day brought adventure in the form of climbing the Dunes of Baní, historical lessons in visiting the Salt Mines of Baní, and later, rest and relaxation during a brief swim in the Playa Salinas.
The second Summer 2017 InteRDom cultural excursion took place on Saturday, July 1st. Both interns and InteRDom staff departed from the Funglode headquarters and headed to San Francisco de Macorís to take part in the “Ruta del Cacao” (Chocolate Trail) tour. Upon their arrival, the interns were presented with glasses of warm cocoa, given a tour of the company’s facilities and educated on the process of cocoa production by knowledgeable employees. The tour began with the interns planting their own cacao plant while the staff discussed the Dominican Republic’s ecosystem. Later, they headed to the harvesting and drying areas, where they learned the great importance of processes established to assure the highest quality chocolate. The interns finished their tour with a visit to the chocolate factory La Esmeralda and a delicious local lunch on the plantation grounds.
The InteRDom 2017 summer session began on June 5th at Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode) facilities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where students received information about the program from GFDD Acting Co-executive director Yamile Eusebio. The 2017 InteRDom summer session participants include Viviana Vizcaino, a Business Administration and Economics Major from Baruch College in New York; Sasha Rosado, a Political Science and International Law and Human Rights Major from Joh Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and Christian Burlock, who is studying Spanish and Mathematics at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama.