Kaitlyn Pawlowski

Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
Home Institution: 
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Heinz Programming Area: 
Arts & Culture
Study Abroad Country: 
Dominican Republic
International Experience

Kaitlyn spent six weeks immersing herself into the language and culture of the Dominican Republic. She had the opportunity to go on weekly excursions in addition to attending class Monday through Thursday. Kaitlyn’s most memorable excursions included: riding horses in Jarabacoa, touring the house of The Mirabal Sisters and riding a boat to Saona Island, where she got to spend the day at the beach and swim with ‘estrellas del mar’ or starfish. During the week, she walked to Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra for her communication, grammar and culture courses. When she wasn’t in class or going on excursions, she was exploring the city of Santiago with her friends and host family. In the Dominican Republic, they have conchos which are inexpensive taxis. She was not fond of conchos because they would squeeze four people in the back and two people in the front of the car. Therefore, Kaitlyn utilized uber. It was a great way to meet new people and practice her Spanish with locals. Kaitlyn is excited and already planning a trip back to the Dominican Republic to continue to explore the island!

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