Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – The 2016 InteRDom Fall Program officially began on September 6th, 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and welcomed a diverse group of students.
Scholars in the program come from American universities, but from diverse cultural backgrounds. The students attend the Naropa University, Colorado; The New School, New York; and from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri.
Students will have the opportunity to experience the Dominican culture and customs by taking courses at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), through cultural tours around the country, and by working closely with Dominican organizations and institutions.
During the first days the InteRDom program plans a series of activities for the students to facilitate their settlement into the new environment. This includes, a welcoming dinner full with Dominican dishes, a public transportation tutorial and by sharing past experiences that serve as recommendations.
The organizations that will receive the group of international interns through InteRDom are Hospital Infantil Robert Reid Cabral, Fundación Aprendiendo a Vivir, Movimiento Sociocultural de los Trabajadores Haitianos (MOSTCHA-RD) and Mujeres en Desarrollo (MUDE). The interns will also have the opportunity to attend weekly events at Funglode, write journal entries about their experience, and participate in the InteRDom Blog and Correspondent Program throughout the program.
InteRDom, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode), is a 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 earn academic credits by taking courses and seminars at a local university.