Teach and support children with special needs

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Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
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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+

People with special needs in the Dominican Republic face many challenges that are not often seen: poverty, lack of accessible education and healthcare, lack of opportunities, among many others. That is why, one of our main goals at this project is to enhance the skills of children, youth, and adults that have special needs, as to provide them with the necessary tools to get a better quality of life. This project's other main goal is also creating safe spaces for these people, where they can feel comfortable and happy in.

This volunteering experience will allow you to create a long lasting impact in the life of hundreds of people with these needs in the Dominican Republic, while also providing you with an exposure to a different reality, which will broaden your perspective.

This project directly helps children, youth, and adults, ages five through forty, that face problems such as 

The direct beneficiaries of the socio educational inclusion project in the Dominican Republic are children, young people and the elderly between the ages of 5 and 40, who have specific profiles such as down syndrome, ADHD, fetal alcohol syndrome, emotional problems, child cerebral palsy, mental illness, physical disabilities, autism, speech and language developmental disorders, among others.

Typical day

As a volunteer, you will be performing tasks that effectively render the special attention provided in educational centers to these people with special needs more accessible to the must vulnerable, as this attention tends to be restrictively expensive in the Dominican Republic. 

Your tasks are organised in two schedules:

The morning schedule goes from 9:00 to 12:00; in this shifts you shall be helping for students 18 years old or older.

Some of the tasks you may do during this shift are:

  • Providing pre-employment and occupational training, which provides your students with useful skills that will help them significantly in the process of immersion into their community.
  • Helping students learn how to identify emotions within themselves and others.
  • Teaching students some of the main social skills required on a daily basis.
  • Helping youth achieve personal independence.
The afternoon schedule goes from 14:00 to 18:00; in this shifts you shall be helping for students under 18.
Some of the tasks you may do during this shift are:
  • Teaching and creating activities in subjects such as mathematical logical thinking, literacy, and art.
  • Developing multisensory stimulation and computation

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


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
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

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 Las Americas International Airport
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.
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 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.
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


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.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$156 /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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