Posted by: Anni Orekh | February 3, 2010

Study Spanish and Volunteer –Service Learning in the Dominican Republic

Description: Get to know the real Dominican Republic  while you use your talents and people skills to help  Dominican  children, adults and families in need. The learning center and the children’s soup kitchen provides about 100  people including some homeless with a warm lunch every day. The project also provides emotional support, mentorship, and basic skills workshops.

Volunteers are needed to help with the preparation and distribution of the meals, organizing and leading new workshops for groups of women, and engaging in community outreach efforts with assistance of project staff.  BHD’s  kitchen provides volunteers with the wonderful opportunity to build relationships with the homeless community members through developing new friendships and providing positive support.

You will work side by side with Dominicans on this locally designed and run project. You will stay with a carefully screened and welcoming host family, giving you insight into daily life in the Dominican Republic .

Our volunteer  staff in Canada  are experienced volunteers themselves who are happy to share their insight and expertise with prospective volunteers. Our partner volunteer staff in Dominican Republic  are friendly, caring and dedicated to ensuring that all our volunteers have a rewarding experience. All volunteers will be taken to their host family upon arrival and given an orientation within the first few days.
Highlights:   Homestay with a carefully screened, welcoming Dominican Family host family, two meals daily, support of friendly, experienced staff in Canada  and in Dominican Republic, We can add comprehensive accident and medical insurance, and 24 hour emergency support.

Qualifications: Minimum commitment for this program is 2 weeks. A desire to work with the children, women and homeless population is necessary. An intermediate level of Spanish is required. Spanish lessons are available prior to the volunteer project in Santo Domingo for an additional fee.

Languages :  Spanish
Cost in CDN$: Program fees start from  $1,150CDN for a 2 week program

Cost Includes :

Food
Housing In-country orientation/Training
In-country staff support
Medical insurance
Medical services
Registration fees
Written materials abroad
Written materials pre-departure
Experience Required: no

Volunteer Types :
community centers
community development
cooking
food
women enterprising
street kids
Typical Volunteer:  Hispaniola Possibilities volunteers are caring and flexible people who are interested in an authentic cultural experience rather than tourism.

This Program is open to American and Canadian Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements :
Home-stays
Participants Travel to Dominican Republic  Independently

Typically Participants Work Independently

Application Process Involves:

Written Application

BHD Statement: is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development and world peace too. Hispaniola Possibilities is BHD’s way of promoting the health and welfare of the earth and its people through cultural exchange, ethical travel, responsible consumerism, and community service.

Year Founded: 2007

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