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What I Did This Summer-Dominican Republic

What I Did This Summer


Work hard, play hard

“I honestly was not disappointed in anything regarding the program,” said Elise Bunyan, a hotel, restaurant, and tourism management major. “I went into it not really knowing what to expect, and I was really amazed with how organized and put together it was. We went down to the Dominican Republic to work, and we finished all of our painting with time to spare. We were also able to experience a lot of the Dominican culture when we had free time at night. We ate at a lot of different local restaurants, and got to go to several of the beaches as well.”

The best part came on the last day, she said.

“After lunch the children performed for us. It was very touching and made me realize even with how little we did for them, it still made a really big impact on their lives. We gave them hope and lots of smiles.”

Promoting a non-profit

Once the students were back on South Carolina soil, they had to complete the course requirements.

“They were all required to develop a presentation about the foundation that sponsors the orphanage,” Cardon said. “They used Power Point slides and other visuals to create their presentation, and then they gave the presentation to a group of their choosing. The Orchid Foundation is located in New Jersey, and the students educated their group as to how to become a member and how to support the foundation and its works.

“The students got public relations experience and practice, and the foundation got some well-deserved publicity.”

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