Community development and social empowerment

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High­lights

Help empower disabled people, women, youth and children.
Discover, explore, and put into practice your passion for education.
Discover other perspectives and ways of living different to your own.
Create long lasting ties to the people in the communities you will be working with.
Enjoy some of the interesting and beautiful things the Dominican Republic has to offer: tropical beaches, historical landmarks, impressive landscapes...
Empower vulnerable Dominican children, youth and women by promoting valuable life skills,like leadership, raising awareness of current problems, and creating safe spaces This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
In the Dominican Republic, many women, children, and youth are facing very large problems that actively inhibit their development and success, such as poverty, inequality, sexism, and many other things. Through this volunteering experience, we want to counter all those problems in the lives of these vulnerable people by promoting leadership, skill development, constructive time use, social inclusion, and awareness to issues such as the importance of education, or general issues.Every volunteer will be directly involved in the creation of safe spaces for many of these people, and thus will directly create new opportunities for them.

As a volunteer, you will directly interact and understand the specific concerns that every community and every family within it has, so that you can then contribute and focus your efforts to their specific needs. Thus, the specific work plan is created based on the specific necessities the community you'll be working with at the time has. That being said, work plans usually include activities such as giving talks and workshops about disability awareness, giving workshops on  family integration, giving educational talks, giving empowerment workshops, supporting in home visits, helping in family support, and participating in awareness activities.

Typical day

Volunteers shall work on weekdays (Monday through Friday). On weekends, volunteers are free to go discover everything the Dominican Republic has to offer them.

Volunteers must work at least six hours a day. Volunteers usually work in two shifts: one in the morning, from 8:00 to 12:00; and one in the afternoon, from 14:00 to 17:00.

Free-time activities

A warm, tropical paradise located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has countless beautiful locations available for you to discover. 

The area of Samaná, where you will be volunteering at, is famous for its really large amount of coconut trees. There are a lot of beautiful white-sanded beaches, such as Cayo Levantado or Cayo de Arena, that you can visit during your stay in the Dominican Republic. Samaná is also known for being a whale sanctuary, so on many times of year you shall be able to spot many of these very impressive animals. 
On the north coast of the Samaná region, there is a little charming city called Las Terrenas, a small city surrounded by the beautiful beaches of Playa Bonita and Playa Coson that is the perfect spot for kite surfing.
We would also recommend volunteers to go visit the Salto el Limón, a beautiful more than 50 meter high waterfall located at around 20 km from Samaná. In order to get to the falls, you can book a local guide (it usually costs between 100 and 500 pesos per person, although it's negotiable), that will lead you through the rainforest either walking or riding a horse. It's an overall very memorable and scenic experience you shouldn't miss!
There's also the national park Los Haitises, scattered with mangroves, creeks, humid subtropical forests, seagrass meadows, pirate hideouts and pristine cays, a perfect spot for bird-watching.
Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital, is also an excellent spot to visit; there are a lot of historic monuments, museums, a bustling nightlife, and art galleries through which you can experience the Dominican Republic's unique culture. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school level
Required Documents
CV and
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers must be empathetic, creative, affectionate, and willing to help others.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Adventure Volunteer

Your fees will cover:

Airport pickup and transfer to the volunteer's accommodation
Accommodation during your participation in the volunteering program
Support 24/7 of the Adventure Volunteer team
Monitoring and evaluation of the program
Orientation and induction to the program
Certificate of hours
Spent in your volunteering Accident Insurance during your volunteering
Civil liability for your activity
I receive an NGO about your share of the program
Guide, advice and management in the election of the program
Volunteer T-shirt

Airport Pickup at Samaná El Catey International
Volunteers will be picked up at the airport at between 8:00 and 21:00. If the volunteer arrives outside of these hours, they may have to cover some additional fees.
Accommodation

Volunteers stay in apartments that they share with other volunteers. At these apartments, volunteers have access to a bed in a shared room with other volunteers, kitchen, bathroom, and common areas where they will have free WIFI and use of washing machines.

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Samaná El Catey International (AZS) in El Catey. We assist you to find cheap flights to Dominican Republic.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Dominican Republic provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Dominican Republic you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Dominican Republic.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The project is open all year round. Volunteers are welcome to arrive on any day of the week they might choose, although we'd recommend volunteers to come on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as this allows them to be more easily integrated into the project.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$690
5 weeks
$804
6 weeks
$918
7 weeks
$1,032
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,602
Average fees
$153 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Adventure Volunteer will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Adventure Volunteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Community development and social empowerment

Empower vulnerable Dominican children, youth and women by promoting valuable life skills,like leadership, raising awareness of current problems, and creating safe spaces

$128/week

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