For the first time in program history, InteRDom representatives joined over 700 international education professionals to discuss new trends and perspectives in global education at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 2011 Annual Conference from November 16-19 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The 4-days conference boasted record attendance, and featured the participation of on-site staff from study abroad destinations all over the world, university faculty and study abroad coordinators from more than 100 American universities, and international education professionals representing a variety of organizations from scholarship funds to diversity initiatives.
InteRDom representatives attended workshops on a wide array of topics, from how to better market programs and prepare students pre-departure to best practices in service learning and how to deepen the impact of short programs. The professional connections formed and the lessons learned from this experience will serve to enhance and diversify the quality and quantity of InteRDom services and programs
The conference sponsor, CIEE, is a leading international education provider which hosts more than 35,000 people a year on study, work, volunteer and travel programs in hundreds of locations all over the world. The experience it has acquired in its 60 years of organizing programs fosters exchange, global competence and understanding and is a very important partner for InteRDom.
In addition to the networking and workshops offered at the conference, attendees were afforded the opportunity to learn more about the unique culture of New Orleans. A screening of the documentary film, Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans, a plenary address by the director of the film, a field excursion to the Mardi Gras World and a concert and jazz lesson by New Orleans jazz great Michael White all served to introduce participants to the history and cultural formation of one of the most singular cities in the world, whose musical and racial formation closely resemble that of its Caribbean neighbors.
The internship program, InteRDom, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and FUNGLODE is the premier internship, research and academic study program in the Dominican Republic. It offers international students the opportunity to research important topics at the forefront of the United Nations agenda, obtain professional experience by interning with Dominican organizations and businesses related to their fields of study and/or earn academic credits by taking courses and seminars at a local university.