Hola Santo Domingo!
My lovely field leaders, Eddie and Mario, and Country leader Lia greeted me at my arrival carrying a sign that read “SEC”. We waited a few hours for another intern and then headed to the hostel in which we would stay for two nights for orientation before we would head to Los Blancos, Enriquillo where our homestay families awaited for us. The rest of the pack joined us later that night. Some nationalities were represented in our intern group: Nigeria, USA, Romania and Mexico of course!
During orientation we got a glimpse of what we would be doing for the next few weeks and also received great insight for the guiding principles of social entrepreneurship for SEC. These all have specific definitions but I will share with you what they meant and still mean for me.
- Social impact- People first not profit. Success means all stakeholders continue to receive access for positive outcome regarding quality of life.
- Responsiveness- Food is not being offered for people who are thirsty. The opportunities that are being created are the ones that have been stated by the community. They have a say in the whole process to keep social impact sustainable.
- Flexibility- Change is expected and allowed keeping the results the same if not better. Act, learn evolve.
- Appropriateness- Keep things real.
- Sustainability- All stakeholders have that tools and guidance to achieve financial and administrative survival, not dependent of one main stakeholder. Continuous check ups of progress to direct moves towards sustainability.
- Growth potential- Interest in personal and professional growth from all stakeholders, sense of ownership to maintain the momentum of the interventions.
- Do no harm- There are sometimes that harm is inevitable, keeping it at its minimum or eliminating it is the goal here. Continuous cost-benefit analysis to maintain stakeholders informed.
|(@Orientation Day, eating "Bandera Dominicana": grilled chicken, beans "habichuelas, and rice.)|
We also went over an important Dominican population/concept: “tigueres.“ Tigueres are the men a dad warns her daughter about. This smooth operator, risk-taker, independent, smart ass (according to an article by Sarayu Adeni) is someone you will encounter while at the DR, don’t be afraid, they bark more than they bite. Instead, learn some of their ways and use your inner “Tiguere” to: defend yourself from overpriced “motoconcho” (motorcycle taxis) and “guagua” (bus) rides, speak up when necessary, take your ideas to the next level and never saying no to taking a risk that will make you grow as a person and as a professional. DR and all of its tigueres, I am ready!
SEC DR 2015