Teach and support children with special needs

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founded in 2017
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High­lights

Help empower Dominican children and people with special needs through education
Discover, explore, and put into practice your passion for education
Get to know and understand Dominican culture
Be exposed to a different reality than your own in a meaningful journey.
Discover all the beautiful things the Dominican Republic has to offer: pristine beaches, historical buildings...
Help empower children with special needs from vulnerable backgrounds by providing them with good education and valuable life skills. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Las personas con necesidades especiales en República Dominicana enfrentan muchos desafíos que no se ven con frecuencia: pobreza, falta de educación y atención médica accesibles, falta de oportunidades, entre muchos otros. Por eso, uno de nuestros principales objetivos en este proyecto es potenciar las habilidades de los niños, jóvenes y adultos que tienen necesidades especiales, a fin de brindarles las herramientas necesarias para lograr una mejor calidad de vida. 

El otro objetivo principal de este proyecto es también crear espacios seguros para estas personas, donde puedan sentirse cómodos y felices.

Esta experiencia de voluntariado te permitirá crear un impacto duradero en la vida de cientos de personas con estas necesidades en la República Dominicana, al mismo tiempo que te brindará una exposición a una realidad diferente, lo que ampliará tu perspectiva.

  • Estos beneficiarios directos del proyecto de inclusión socioeducativa en República Dominicana son niños, jóvenes y adultos mayores de entre 5 y 40 años, que tienen perfiles específicos como síndrome de abajo, TDAH, síndrome alcoólico fetal, problemas emocionales, parálisis cerebral infantil , enfermedades mentales, discapacidades físicas, autismo, trastornos del desarrollo del habla y el lenguaje, entre otros.


Typical day

Como voluntario, estarás realizando tareas que efectivamente hagan más accesible la atención especial que se brinda en los centros educativos a estas personas con necesidades especiales a los más vulnerables, ya que esta atención tiende a ser restrictivamente costosa en República Dominicana. 

Tus tareas están organizadas en dos horarios:

  • El horario de la mañana va de 9:00 a 12:00; en estos turnos estarás ayudando a estudiantes de 18 años o más.

Algunas de las tareas que puede realizar durante este turno son:

  • Brindar capacitación previa al empleo y ocupacional, que brinde a sus estudiantes habilidades útiles que los ayudarán significativamente en el proceso de inmersión en su comunidad.
  • Ayudar a los estudiantes a aprender a identificar las emociones dentro de sí mismos y de los demás.
  • Enseñar a los estudiantes algunas de las principales habilidades sociales necesarias a diario.
  • Ayudar a los jóvenes a lograr la independencia personal.

El horario de la tarde va de 14:00 a 18:00 horas; en estos turnos ayudarás a estudiantes menores de 18 años.
Algunas de las tareas que puede realizar durante este turno son:

  • Enseñar y crear actividades en materias como pensamiento lógico matemático, alfabetización y arte.
  • Desarrollar estimulación y computación multisensoriales

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. 

Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital, is 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. 

In your visit to Santo Domingo, you cannot miss places like the Alcazar Colón fort, where you can get scenic views of the Ozama river; the Ciudad Colonial, a bustling area filled with colonial buildings with shops and parks; the beautiful Catedral Primada de América; and the many other sights, restaurants, museums, and interesting places at the Dominican Republic's capital.

The area of Samaná 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.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Museum/
Opera

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We expect volunteers to be empathetic, creative, affectionate, and willing to help others. We also expect them to be considerate of other people's situations and passionate about the cause of helping people with special needs.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Adventure Volunteer

Sus tarifas cubrirán:

  • Alojamiento durante su participación en el programa de voluntariado.
  • Soporte 24/7 del equipo de Adventure Volunteer
  • Seguimiento y evaluación del programa
  • Orientación e inducción al programa
  • Certificado de horas
  • Gastado en su seguro de accidentes de voluntariado durante su voluntariado
  • Responsabilidad civil por su actividad
  • Recibo una ONG sobre tu participación en el programa.
  • Guía, asesoramiento y gestión en la elección del programa

Accommodation

Los voluntarios se alojan en apartamentos y casas familiares que se comparten con otros voluntarios. En estos alojamientos, los voluntarios tienen acceso a una cama en una habitación compartida con otros voluntarios, cocina, baño y áreas comunes donde tendrán WIFI gratuito y uso de lavadoras.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo. 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)
$794
5 weeks
$916
6 weeks
$1,038
7 weeks
$1,160
8 weeks
$1,282
9 weeks
$1,404
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,770
Average fees
$173 /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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Teach and support children with special needs

Help empower children with special needs from vulnerable backgrounds by providing them with good education and valuable life skills.

$156/week

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