InteRDom launched its latest initiative “Networking Sessions for Organizations” on Wednesday, March 19th, when leaders from eight local nonprofit organizations came together to discuss the topic “How to optimize the work of international students and integrate volunteers and local leaders to expand projects and make them sustainable.” Luis Miguel Acevedo, Country Director of ADRA Dominicana, served as the keynote speaker, sharing his experiences and strategies that NGOs may employ to foster committed volunteers and make their projects more sustainable. His suggestions included:
Acevedo also addressed briefly fundraising for projects. Representatives from the following companies were in attendance: Batey Releif Alliance (BRA Dominicana), Dominican Red Cross, Vida Azul Foundation, Children International, Alas de Igualdad Foundation, TECHO and Asociación para el Desarrollo de San José de Ocoa (ADESJO). The event was lauded as a positive experience by attendees, who felt motivated to attend other networking sessions because they provide opportunities for exchange and collaboration between organizations in the same sector. The “Networking Sessions for Organizations” initiative aims to create and strengthen relationships with organizations in the Dominican Republic by bringing together representatives working in the same sector to discuss a topic of common interest with local or international experts. It provides spaces for professional networking and growth, as well as to share short- and medium-term projects to assess opportunities for collaboration. InteRDom, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (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.