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US Culture for AUK Students

The AUK interns who come to Dartmouth each summer are exposed to US culture while working at the College in the departments to which they are assigned. "Culture" here means the taken-for-granted workplace assumptions about how people work together and meet in public. However, an effort is made to expose them to cultural experiences outside of work. One of those experiences, the Fourth of July, or Independence Day (a "National Day" in the global world), happens to fall while the interns are here and is an excellent opportunity for them to experience an important public day in the annual calendar of the United States. Hanover, New Hampshire, has an "old-fashioned" Fourth of July, with a parade down Main Street and around the Green as well as games, food, a pie-eating contest, pony rides, entertainment, and live musical performances. There also are public fireworks displays.
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L-R: Muneera Al-Khulaifi and Stephanie Khalil, the 2013 interns, and Beth Hindmarsh, DC-AUK Program Manager, slice strawberries to make strawberry shortcake.

A traditional dessert at this time of year is strawberry shortcake, because strawberries grow abundantly at this time, and sometimes the interns get to help prepare this dessert. Interns also like to go to the Hanover Farmer's Market on the Dartmouth Green, which takes place every Wednesday during the summer. People at the market enjoy family fun, visit with friends, and fill their refrigerators with locally grown greens, strawberries and blueberries, cheeses, meats, eggs, and lots of prepared foods and crafts.

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Interns Muneera and Stephanie enjoy American-style falafel.

Dartmouth and the area surrounding it are well known for the variety of outdoor activities available. Each group of interns differs as to how much they enjoy the outdoors but they have many activities from which to choose. The easiest and most popular are canoeing on the Connecticut River and hiking around Hanover. The Ledyard Canoe Club rents canoes and kayaks by the hour and is within walking distance of campus. Just getting around campus and Hanover can be a hike, but there are also many trails in the woods that make you feel that you are away from cities and towns (well, maybe not too far). Mt. Cardigan, a "bald" peak, is 25 miles from Hanover and offers a spectacular 360° view. For the more adventurous, Mt. Moosilauke is a little farther away, with a Dartmouth-owned lodge where dinner is served each night. There are often trips advertised through the Dartmouth Outdoor Club that AUK interns can join. The one mountain that gives the most enjoyment, however, is Gile Mountain across the river in Norwich, Vermont. It is a short, relatively easy hike but the fire tower on top gives a 360° view of the area.

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Canoeing on the Connecticut River is a popular outdoor activity available for DC-AUK interns while in Hanover. Photo by Beth Hindmarsh.

The AUK interns are also exposed to long-distance hiking because the Appalachian Trail, which is about 2,200 miles long and goes from Georgia to Maine, runs through Hanover and the interns can see folks with big packs on their backs and their walking sticks in their hands around town.

For city culture, Boston, Massachusetts, is 2.5 hours away by bus, with various museums, sports venues, and a nice manageable city size to enjoy. Should the interns feel more adventurous, New York City and Montreal, Canada, are easily reached for a long weekend.

Last Updated: 1/7/14