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Jun 19, 2014 - 6-19-14

Today is Corpus Christi, so everyone here has the day off for the holiday! In the last couple of days, we have been continuing our work at the community center, and it has been going great so far. We've mostly been helping the kids with homework in their workbooks, playing with them, and doing a lot of singing and dancing. Yesterday, they were given newspapers and a list of Spanish words that they had to spell by cutting out each individual letter from the paper. It was more difficult for some than others, but thankfully I have felt more...

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Jun 16, 2014 - 6-16-14

The past few days have been wonderful here! On Saturday, we went on our first excursion with all of the students in the ISA and ELAP programs to Santiago, Puerto Plata, and Cabarete, which are three places on the northern end of the country (we are in the south in Santo Domingo, so we had to drive for about 3 hours to get there). First, we went to Santiago de los Caballeros, which is the second largest city in the Dominican Republic. We visited a monument dedicated to the heroes of the restoration of the country. Next, we got back on the...

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Apr 11, 2013 - Catching up on the past week

Almost another week down, and I realize there are still so many things I haven’t even shared about yet! So here’s a run-down of some important things for you all to hear about: • The guaguas: A guagua is a form of public transportation in the Dominican Republic, and although my friends who have been to the DR in the past had told me all about them before I left, I still didn’t fully grasp the craziness or hilarity of what they are exactly until I experienced it. A guagua is essentially an 11 passenger van that has had extra seats put in,...

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Apr 7, 2013 - Si Dios quiere

Ok, so I realize now that not writing in a week is really difficult, because there is SO MUCH to share after only 7 days! So to help break it up for you all a bit, I’m going to put in multiple entries with each one talking about a different part of my trip thus far. So here goes! The largest, most impactful, amazing experience that I will have on this trip will most certainly be Angeles de CONANI. This is an orphanage in Santiago where approximately 75-100 children and young adults live together with the large majority of these kids with...

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Mar 31, 2013 - ¡Estoy aquí!

Bienvenidos a la República Dominicana! I successfully arrived in Santiago, Dominican Republic (DR), on Saturday night with no problems: met up with my group of classmates and a few professionals/professors in Miami, we all flew to the DR and made it through customs smoothly, received my luggage (all intact!), and even spoke a few Spanish words to the workers at the airport. It was fairly late when we arrived and everyone was tired from a full day of traveling, so we just had a quick introduction to our new home and then headed to bed. The...

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