Day in the Life of Tommy DeMarco
Tommy DeMarco, BSB2011, graduated with triple majors -- studying International Business, Spanish Studies and Nonprofit Management.
He currently works for the CIEE Service-Learning Study Abroad Program in Santiago, Dominican Republic, as an Alumni Intern, and is looking forward to an upcoming promotion to Intern Coordinator.
Tommy wakes up to work out on the roof of his apartment building. From his roof, he can watch the sun rising over the entire city of Santiago. It's a beautiful vista nestled between the mountains of the fertile Cibao valley.
He hops in a concho (public transportation car) to go to the local university where his small office is located. After checking in with staff, he prepares his notes for a reflection that he will lead from a recent excursion to the country's first organic agricultural school.
Tommy attends a Poverty and Development class for which he is a teacher's assistant (TA), and leads a discussion on the topic of sustainable development in a rural vs. an urban context.
Tommy heads out to observe one of his community sights called Ninos con una Esperanza (Children with One Hope), an after-school education program which rescues kids from working in the dangerous, unregulated landfill and helps them continue their studies.
He meets with the directors of the program to discuss the plans and budget for another project they are starting in the community (a recycling center). This organization received a grant for the project through CIEE.
Tommy returns to his apartment and home office, where he discusses the day's visits with his team and records student progress for a community update report (that serves as a record for both professors and future interns).
He cooks dinner with his roommates, relaxes, and plays dominoes (a national sport) on the patio under the stars. It has been a long but rewarding day of work with his students making great strides in community development. He can't help but smile as he thinks, "Most people dream of living on a Caribbean island, and this is my life. How could it get better than this?"