Tag: Dominican Republic

Literary Heavyweight Junot Díaz to Speak at Hopkins

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Acclaimed Dominican-American novelist Junot Díaz is coming to Shriver Hall in Homewood this week.

A Different Kind of Family Vacation: “We Don’t Have to Buy Crap”

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Enzo Metsopoulos and new Dominican friends, 2011.
Enzo Metsopoulos and new Dominican friends, 2011.

Christine Grillo and her husband, Peter Metsopoulos, are planning a different kind of summer vacation for their family of five this year – the kind of busy, sight-seeing trip that won’t leave much time for sunbathing and souvenir shopping but will no doubt reward each member with take-home gifts. Through Outreach360, Metsopoulos, a teacher at the Bryn Mawr School, daughter Rita, 10, and a Bryn Mawr high school contingent will spend the second half of July volunteering to bolster education in the Dominican Republic, where over one third of the population lives on several dollars a day. Grillo, a writer at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and sons Enzo, 12, and Luca, 7, will join the effort for one week’s time. In Kickstarter fashion, the family aims to raise a modest $1200 in trip support through their Outreach360 website page. Grillo’s excited about the high-concept endeavor for multiple reasons: not only will her family have a dramatic chance to pitch in, they’ll leave home expecting a gift-shop-free non-paradise, they’ll learn life lessons, and the memorable excursion won’t break the bank.

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