Published: February 13, 2017
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By: Kyrie Buckhalter, San Diego State University
Category: Study Abroad
Hashtags: #Culture #Diversity #dominicanrepublic #SDSUbeinternational #Sdsustudyabroad #StudyAbroad
During this three-week course studying Global Identities and Leadership, my classmates and I absorbed and appreciated the culture of the Dominican Republic through community engagement, excursion, and conversations with locals. Distinguished excursions encompassed visits to a local bartering market, the U.S. Embassy, the Alta Gracia clothing factory and distribution center, and the Río Yuna coffee bean production plant. We were also able to gain more insight into the history of the Dominican Republic through a tour of the memorial museum of Dominican Resistance, a journey through an authentic sugar cane mill where slaves worked, and through personal conversations with a well-respected leader in the community. The museum of resistance helped me vividly visualize the realities of the Dominican Resistance by showcasing authentic artifacts. The sugar cane mill visit exhibited how slaves worked under cruel conditions and the methods of torture used to control slaves. Lastly, the intimate conversation with a well-renowned community leader shined light on the resilience of both the country and its citizens.
My study abroad adventure exposed me to many new experiences, diverse cultures, and the plethora of international opportunities that are available. I gained an enhanced understanding of myself and knowledge of the world of the past and present and sparked my interest in traveling the world.