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Insight of GDAE Seattle 2016!

The Global Dominican Academic Exchange program, a project of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode), aims to introduce Dominican students to the American style of liberal arts education and encourage dialogue between Dominican students and their Dominican-American counterparts attending these institutions, thereby encouraging and inspiring partnership and entrepreneurship initiatives which will foster innovation and stimulate Dominican economic development and international understanding. The Dominican student participating in the University of Washington Transnational Law Program in Seattle, Washington (September 2-16, 2016) sent a report of his experience to show just how interesting the program is. We are sharing it to inspire... Read More

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#ILiveWhereYouVacation

By Daniella Mera Troncoso I am a Dominican student who decided to go abroad to attend college and have a North American college experience.  However, during the summers I usually go back home to visit my family, get some sun, and intern at a company in order to keep growing professionally in my areas of study.  Last summer I had the opportunity to be an intern at a digital agency, since I am a Marketing and Communications major. There I acquired many of the skills that got me ready to pursue an internship here in New York City. This experience made me realize the significance of internships, and that I want to be back in... Read More

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GDAE Transnational Law Program – Day 6

Saturday 25th Saturday the 25thturned out to be a fantastic day, full of color and splendor. As always, we started our day with a good breakfast. By 9:30 am, we left for Atlanta, Georgia with our professor and coordinator of the Dean Rusk Center’s International Exchange Program, María Jiménez, and the wonderful InteRDom team. We had the opportunity to visit the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Museum. He was born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929. We learned a lot about the life of this great leader who, at the age of fifteen, began to study the Bible then later earned a Theology degree in Boston. When he was 25, he embarked on his religious... Read More

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GDAE Transnational Law Program – Day 5

Friday 24th It is difficult to write on this day, the 24th, because it has been the most emotional day so far. This is a day that fills us with joy and pride to be Dominican ambassadors yet we are very sad because our classes and programs here are coming to an end. We started class today at 9:30 am, like every other day this week, with Mr. Cook who teaches Penal Law. Then we took a very interesting class on Environmental Law with an excellent and very intelligent professor. Our last class, two hours, was on Environmental Law. Following the Environmental Law class, the long-awaited moment arrived: receiving our diplomas. The diplomas were handed... Read More

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GDAE Transnational Law Program – Day 4

Thursday the 23rd Today we had our first class in Criminal Law, taught by Professor Cook, which consisted of two hours with the teacher that were truly inspiring, because apart from being a great professor, he has experience as a Prosecutor, which gave us, as exchange students, a whole new opportunity for in-depth exposure to the criminal code in the United States. After that we went to our last International Law class with Professor Amann, who as always, taught the class with serenity and concern that her students understand and learn the material. That day we had planned to go to the Outlets, but Professor Cook invited us to his Evidence class, so we decided... Read More

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GDAE Transnational Law Program – Day 3

Wednesday 22nd On Wednesday, the 22nd, we woke up early, ate breakfast then, although it was cold out, we went to our classes at the Dean Rusk Center. We had our International Law class with Professor Diane, in which we learned, among other things, international law issues. Then, for the first time this week, we took a class in Corporate Law with Professor Rodrigues (yes, "Rodrigues" with an S), which was very dynamic. We learned a lot in those two hours with her. Later, since we had nothing scheduled, we decided to walk to Athens. We saw many interesting things like huge mansions, some of which were decorated for Halloween. We also saw UGA fraternity... Read More

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GDAE Transnational Law Program – Day 2

  Tuesday 21st The day began well; we had a wonderful breakfast here at the Holiday Inn Express then went to our classes. We took classes in International Law and Constitutional Law from Professors Diane Marie Amann and Randy Beck, respectively, who are the BEST and MOST INCREDIBLE teachers. The day continued to be awesome: we went to the Athens Botanical Garden, which is incredibly beautiful, then we toured the magnificent Athens Museum of Art. Later, we went downtown where, just as we were about to go to dinner, we ran into a Halloween parade on the UGA campus. So, we had a quick dinner then joined the parade.    At the Halloween parade, we... Read More

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GDAE Transnational Law Program – Day 1

The Global Dominican Academic Exchange (GDAE) introduces Dominican students to the American style of liberal arts education and encourages dialogue between Dominican students and their Dominican-American counterparts attending these institutions. The program promotes partnership and entrepreneurship initiatives which foster innovation and stimulate Dominican economic development and international understanding. Students participating in the University of Georgia (UGA) Transnational Law Program in Athens, Georgia (October 19-26, 2014) took turns sending a daily report of their experiences.  To show just how fun the GDAE program is, we are sharing these reports to inspire others to attend! If you are interested in applying, please read more information on our website at: www.globaldominicanacademicexchange.org Monday 20th It was simply fantastic. It... Read More

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Time: Better Late With a Treasure?

It’s almost time for me to go back home, and unlike with many things here, that can’t happen late. I got an email kindly reminding me I was due (overdue) for writing a blog post and my first thought was, “let me see how quickly I can write this thing.” It is crunch time in my second internship - a research project on CAFTA-DR (DR, Central American, US Free Trade Agreement), and I feel like I am just getting my footing on it. I chuckled at my thought because I’m never able to write these things quickly, but also because here [in the DR] things just don’t happen quickly. It’s a cultural thing and I’m... Read More

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All Americans Drive Hummers and All Dominicans Dance Bachata: Thoughts on Culture and Stereotypes

The other day I did an interview about my internship for InteRDom and one of the questions I was asked was “What makes the DR unique?” Having been to many places (in North America, Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia), I thought I was well equipped to answer the question, but the more I think about the more I realize it is a very difficult question. Yesterday, "mi suegra" (useful Spanish word for significant other’s mother) and I were talking about food and she started talking about Russian salad. Russian salads are common here. You can get them at the “Chinese” restaurant to go with your plantains and wontons, they are traditional around Christmas, at... Read More