August 10, 2010

Weekly Update—Final Cultural Excursion and Closing Ceremony

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The 2010 InteRDom Summer Program officially came to a close last Thursday, August 5th with the closing ceremony at Casa de Teatro in Santo Domingo’s historic colonial zone. The interns and their internship supervisors and friends shared appetizers and stories at the gathering, organized by InteRDom to bring together all of the interns and the people who influenced their time in the Dominican Republic for one last time. The highlights of the evening included a slideshow of photographs from the whole summer and a deejay playing plenty of salsa and meringue tunes to dance to.

Just two days later, on Saturday August 7th, the interns participated in the final cultural excursion of the summer to the eastern part of the island. The day began with a tour of the “Cueva de las Maravillas,” a 800 square-meter cave featuring some of the oldest and most significant cave drawings left by the Taino indigenous tribes in the region. After a hearty lunch in La Romana they then traversed the grounds of the Casa de Campo resort to arrive at Altos de Chavon, a small village modeled after a 16th-century Mediterranean town. Altos de Chavon features a museum on pre-colonial history as well as the nation’s largest art and fashion school. It is an artistic center, and home to a large 5,000-seat amphitheater.