August 4, 2008

InteRDom Excursion to Saona Island and Altos de Chavon

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On August 2nd, the InteRDom Program organized an excursion to Saona Island and Altos de Chavón for the 2008 summer interns. During the two and a half hour bus ride to Bayahibe, the group’s tour guide informed the students about the vegetation, wildlife and growing tourist industry of the Eastern region of the country.

Upon arriving in Bayahibe, students boarded a speed boat bound for Saona Island.  Along the way, the boat stopped in a large natural saltwater pool and the students had the opportunity to bathe in and explore the crystal-clear waters, home to starfish and other marine invertebrate.  Once at Saona Island, the group spent the following hours swimming, relaxing under palm trees and enjoying a buffet lunch prepared by the island staff.

Back at Bayahibe, the bus departed for Altos de Chavón, a quaint tourist town located near the Casa de Campo Resort, modeled after a medieval Mediterranean village.  There the guide explained the history of the town and its architectural influences. InteRDom students also visited an archaeological museum on Taino Indian culture, where they learned about the lives of the indigenous people of the island prior to the arrival of European colonists.

InteRDom, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), organizes excursions to expose interns, to a greater extent, to the culture and ecology of the Dominican Republic.

The Program offers students the opportunity to gain professional experience by interning with Dominican organizations and businesses related to their field of study. It fosters and promotes the professional, academic and cultural exchange of students, professionals, universities and public, private and non-profit institutions in the Dominican Republic. InteRDom significantly contributes to the development of the nation’s employment sector and the advancement of academic research, while providing spaces for personal and professional growth, internationalization and multicultural understanding.