As part of a consolidation and reorganization of its offering of cultural activities and excursions, InteRDom Internships in the Dominican Republic kicked off the Summer 2012 agenda of activities on Saturday, June 9 with a trip highlighting indigenous heritage in the Dominican Republic.
“The Museo helped contribute to my understanding of the Dominican history and cultural development by providing me with a timeline of how that development occurred,”
The excursion successfully concluded the orientation week, during which participants are introduced to daily life, customs, transportation and the internship experience. Participants began the morning with a guided tour of the Museum of the Dominican Man, which boasts a collection of indigenous and early colonial artifacts, as well as extensive historical information on the origins and evolution of Dominican people. The students then ate lunch and traveled to the Cave of Wonders, where they explored the expansive caves decorated with indigenous artwork.
“The Museo helped contribute to my understanding of the Dominican history and cultural development by providing me with a timeline of how that development occurred,” said InteRDom Summer 2012 intern Lindsay Tatum, “and it also gave insight into how the Dominican people developed their views on particular subjects.”
The InteRDom program has always boasted a robust offering of cultural and educational activities as part of its programs and services, but now the excursions are organized in a deliberate and chronological order in order to introduce students to historical, cultural and economic aspects of the country in a way that will serve to increase their understanding of economic and cultural processes and how they have come to be.
The excursion “Indigenous Heritage in the Dominican Republic” was the first in the new series of excursions, which will be followed by a tour of the Colonial Zone and an inside view of the Spanish settlement on the island, workshops on the Dominican Carnaval and visits to important cultural and anthropological sites, an overview of the Trujillo dictatorship and visit to the Museum of Resistance and an introduction to organic farming and the import/export industry at the cocoa trail.
The internship program, 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.