Mofongo, Larimar, and Béisbol

Kylie R. Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic While in the Dominican Republic, mofongo, larimar, and béisbol were the three most popular and reoccurring Dominican culture aspects I witnessed. Mofongo is a traditional food in the Dominican. It consists of plantains, your choice of meat, garlic, olive oil and any…

Everything Is Not as It Seems

Kylie  Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic After arriving in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I exchanged money at the airport. Even though I was in a rush and quickly put my money away, I was still in awe that their currency is bright and colorful! The bills are purple, orange,…

The Wait is Finally Over

Kylie Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic I am ecstatic to have the opportunity of attending a study abroad program this summer. Since meeting with Dr. Lancendorfer, before my first year at WMU even began, I knew then that I wanted to attend her Business Dominican Republic study abroad program….

Never Underestimate the Power of Body Language

Rachel Harvey Major: Communication Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring Break Over this Spring Break, I had the most amazing opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to study Intercultural Communication and Ethnography. There was so many things to be excited about, and one big fear: I cannot speak Spanish. I had taken…

Unpacking the Experience

Tennie Jackson Major: Human Resource Management Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic – Spring Break My communication skills have improved immensely since my study abroad opportunity in the Dominican Republic. I have always been a very articulate person, but I saw myself using mu non-verbal more since there was a language barrier. If I…

How I Chose The Dominican Republic

Arika French Major: Communication Studies Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic I decided on my location by the information that my professor Dr. Orbe has given me. Once he told me about how cheap and all of the fun that students have on the trip, I knew that I wanted to sign up right…

One Mile at a Time

Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic Hmm, where do I start? Let me just say this was a remarkable experience that will remain with me forever. To be quite honest, I did not expect to learn so much in just a week. From simply sitting on a plane to walking…

On Our Way to the DR

Three students from the “Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic – Spring Break” program express how they feel before taking of for their spring break program in the Dominican Republic. Image: Map of the Dominican Republic with flag. (c) Camel Travel   Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic –…

Takes A Lot Of Courage

Megan Potyczka Speech Pathology and Audiology Major Global Perspective on Pediatric Rehabilitation in Dominican Republic (Faculty-led) , Spring 2017 Studying abroad was always something I wanted to do. It didn’t really matter where I went, I just wanted to travel and learn about something related to my field of study, speech-language pathology. When I found out…

Reassuring My Calling

Annelise Wilp Organizational Communication and Spanish Double Major Intercultural Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 I never expected that I would be so lucky to study abroad three times during my time at Western, but here I am. When my professor promoted his intercultural communication and ethnography spring break program in the…

Making The Right Choice

Kaitlyn Watson Advertising Major Business and culture in the Dominican Republic, Summer I 2016 I participating in the Advertising and Promotion 2‐week study abroad in the Dominican Republic trip led by Dr. Karen Lancendorfer and Greg Gerfen. It was great to see the cultural perspective; what Advertising is like in another country. We met up…

Trading Nervousness For Great Challenges And Adventures.

Alex McMahon Sales and Business Marketing Major Universidad Iberoamericana -UNIBE, Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 As I sit here in 5 degree weather with blowing snow, I am reassured that I made the right decision to go to the Dominican Republic for my study abroad.  How can you not want to go to a tropical island…