By: Carlos Gonzalez
InteRDom Correspondent, Carlos, has completed three years of his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at St. Peter’s University in New Jersey. He is participating in the 2013 10-week Caribbean Summer Program. You can read more about Carlos and his participation in the Correspondent Program here.
All the sunny days, beautiful weather, and delicious food have almost come to an end. I can only wish for more time, but my home calls me. This experience has taught me plenty about living, studying and working abroad. All I can say is; I cannot wait to do it again. As it is my first time living abroad on my own, I have learned more than just basic living skills. I have broadened my knowledge of Spanish, grew accustomed to Dominican culture, and have developed a stronger work ethic. Through my internship at INTEC, I have expanded my knowledge on environmental issues and policy.
I was able to follow and be mentored by my boss, Dr. Yolanda Leon. She has taught me a great deal about environmental studies as well as her passion forconservation. Dr. Leon’s work is well-known throughout the Dominican Republic, as she has fought to maintain the forests for its rich biodiversity that contributes to Hispaniola. She has also taught me the importance of the government’s role in fostering environmental awareness in the community.
Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh once wrote “…forests are our lungs outside our bodies.” This powerful quote highlights nature’s vital role in sustaining human life. We cannot live without our biosphere because we are interconnected. Just as Dr. Leon fights for this right, it is important for the rest of us to become aware of this reality and fight for our planet as well.
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