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Italian Chef Paolo De Vita, from the exclusive Tracadero restaurant, teaches boys and girls at MIR’s vocational schools

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fundacion MIRItalian chef Paolo De Vita, who works at Tracadero in Bayahibe has just started as a volunteer teacher at the Fundación MIR’s schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Tecnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school), sharing his extensive cooking and catering knowledge with the students.

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New cooking facilities were inaugurated at the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school) in September 2011 a project made possible by the Citi Foundation, who donated US$18,000, which allowed for the building of the facility, as well as the complete implementation of a new cooking program. [Click here to find out more!]

And now with the addition of Chef Paolo De Vita who started as a teacher on March 3rd 2012, the pupils enrolled in the Fundación MIR’s cooking programs will not only benefit from the experience of their own teachers, but also the extensive “real-life” experience of  Chef Paolo, who will be able to impart his wisdom , better preparing the pupils for work outside of the classroom and in a restaurant.

Chef Paolo De Vita is the executive chef and F.B. Manager at Tracadero, restaurant, an ocean-side beach club with a fantastic restaurant located in the nearby area of Bayahibe (just 30 minutes drive from Casa de Campo).

Congratulations to all students and future chefs of the Dominican Republic, we hope that Chef Paolo De Vita’s experience is of great help for your future!

To read and see photos about the opening of MIR Esperanza’s new cooking facilities -click here!

To read the review on Tracadero restaurant in Bayahibe – click here!

The Fundación MIR

The Fundación MIR is a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Tecnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school).

For more information on the Fundación MIR and to make a donation, visit their website:

To make a donation contact the MIR office in Casa de Campo (809-523-8270) or in West Palm Beach (561-366-5095). Donations are tax deductible for US Citizens!

To find out more and see photos and articles of events organized by the Fundación MIR – click here!

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