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Traveling To The DR As An Intern

Walking through a volunteer site in the DR with EF students!

Walking through a volunteer site in the DR with EF students!

Tree planting site in the Dominican Republic

Playing with one of the local puppies in the Dominican Republic

Holding a new born kitten in the Dominican Republic!

Drinking from a fresh coconut in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic!

Drinking from a fresh coconut in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic!

Replanting mangroves with EF students in the DR!

Working as an EF Intern

This summer I have been working as an EF Intern in Boston! In June, I was given the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic… for work! EF is the largest private education company in the world and the leader in educational tours in North America. When I was a sophomore in high school, I traveled to Italy on an EF Educational Tour and loved it! My tour experience directly inspired me to study abroad in Italy and pursue a career in the travel industry. So, accepting an offer to work in the Boston office as a 360 intern this summer was a dream come true!

My Work in the DR

I shadowed a video shoot and met several tour groups during my time in the DR. EF’s video team was working on a series to promote our service-learning tours, and I had the honor of assisting them! Throughout the five days, I learned so much about the industry and had the opportunity to meet many of our student travelers. I interviewed the students and wrote blog posts for EF about their experiences. One student, Cali, shared with me that she saw the ocean for the first time on this trip!

Along with the “Student Spotlight” posts I wrote, I interviewed teachers (group leaders) and wrote several posts titled “Get to Know a Group Leader”. It was so inspiring to talk to teachers and hear about the transformations they’ve seen in their students. These conversations made me value EF’s mission even more. EF truly does open the world through education.

Shadowing Projects in the DR

When I wasn’t interviewing teachers and getting to know students, I was partaking in the service projects. I helped rebuild a coral reef in a beach community named Boca Chica and assisted in building a fongo, or an environmentally friendly oven, for a family in a mountainous community. I also had the chance to swim, paddle board, and sightsee the captial, Santo Domingo.

This trip and the DR will always have a special place in my heart because it marked the first time that I traveled for work, a goal that I set for myself when I was 15-years-old. I am so grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Here is the link to EF’s Dominican Republic tours!

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