Author Archives: Barbara Anne Kozee

Reflecting on my DR Abroad Experience

After four full months of deciphering Dominican Spanish, stuffing myself with plátanos and my host mom’s delicious cooking, riding motorcycles to get to class, and otherwise learning about Dominican culture, I am back safe and sound in my home in … Continue reading

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The Perks of Studying Abroad in the Spring

When I was making my decision regarding which semester to study abroad, I heard many arguments as to why I should study abroad in the fall. From being in a foreign country during application season to potential housing complications to … Continue reading

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#SomosPueblo

NO voy a firmar, ESO no es ÉTICO, scroll the Spanish subtitles along the bottom of a relatively cheesy ad that plays—and that we the captive audience watch—over and over again in the metro. The ad displays a man who … Continue reading

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Carnaval: Estilo Dominicano

In the Dominican Republic, Carnival is a festival that happens every Sunday in the month of February, culminating on the final Sunday that also serves as a celebration of el Día de la Independencia, 27 de febrero. This year, Independence … Continue reading

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Interning at la Fábrica Alta Gracia

One of the biggest reasons that I chose to come to the Dominican Republic was the chance to work with a local NGO for academic credit through a class offered by my CIEE program. Students in my class are interning … Continue reading

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The Seven People You Meet in the DR

One of the characteristics that makes my program here in the Dominican Republic unique is definitely its size. There are seven people total in the program, and we are all from different universities around the United States. Indeed, aside from … Continue reading

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From Punta Cana to Villa Altagracia: Deconstructing Stereotypes

Complex. You will probably hear me use this word again and again to describe the Dominican Republic because, at its core, there is so much tension between all kinds of different identities. While I am residing in Santo Domingo, the … Continue reading

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Los Rituales del Caos

It is day three of orientation week. Today’s theme? Transportation. Today is the day that we are learning how to take public transportation to get to the two local universities that we will be taking classes at, INTEC and El … Continue reading

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: The Final Countdown

As I pack (read: stuff to the brim) my suitcase for my journey abroad, I cannot help but take a deep breath and just think, “Wow.” What a whirlwind of a semester. The student visa has been applied for and … Continue reading

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