Projects in Dominican Republic
Community Economic Development
The goal of the Community Economic Development sector is to promote entrepreneurial development. Community Economic Development Volunteers work with community-based business groups and organizations to strengthen their organizational and business-management capacity, training community members in income generation, organizational development, and business skills.
The goal of this sector is to work with teachers, students, and communities to improve primary literacy in Spanish in the Dominican Republic. Education Volunteers help teachers implement effective strategies for classroom management, literacy instruction, resource development, and student-centered learning. The goals of the Education Sector are three fold: 1) primary school teachers will implement more effective and student-centered Spanish literacy teaching techniques; 2) preschool and elementary school students will improve literacy skills in Spanish, raise academic success, and develop critical thinking skills in the classroom or through extracurricular literacy activities; 3) community members will increase participation in educational activities that promote literacy.
Health volunteers work to improve the individual and family health of low-income Dominicans living in vulnerable rural and urban communities. They work to organize and train youth groups dedicated to the prevention of teen pregnancy and the enactment of health lifestyle choices, and with women’s groups dedicated to the promotion of family health. They also work on environmental health projects. The goals of the Health Sector are: youth will adopt behaviors and practices to reduce risky sexual behaviors and increase healthy choices; low-income women will adopt healthy behaviors and practices that contribute to improved family health outcomes.
Please note: the Health Sector is no longer accepting Volunteers.
Youth in Development
Youth Volunteers work with school-based and other counterparts to expose youth to topics related to personal development, leadership, and life skills through a gendered perspective, through formal and informal sessions. They support extracurricular activities such as team sports, volunteering or service activities, to promote constructive use of free time and civic engagement in the community. Volunteers also engage parents and caregivers, conducting training sessions or providing one-on-one coaching. The goals of the Youth Sector are: 1) youth will lead healthy life-styles, demonstrate caring and responsible attitudes, and be leaders in their communities; service providers, community leaders, and other adults will demonstrate support for positive youth development.