Projects in Dominican Republic
Peace Corps is uniquely positioned to provide the support that the Dominican Education system needs to reach its goals for childhood literacy. District offices, in collaboration with Peace Corps, identify schools with the most need coupled with receptive school staff.
When placed, Peace Corps Volunteers dedicate the majority of their time working directly in the school, supporting teachers to improve teaching skills and students to improve literacy skills. Using techniques and tools promoted by the Ministry of Education, Volunteers provide daily and consistent support to teachers, students and families that otherwise would not be possible.
Community Economic Development
Peace Corps Dominican Republic’s Community Economic Development (CED) project seeks to improve the economic security and upward economic mobility of some of the country’s most economically marginalized households, with a specific focus on contributing to the economic prosperity of women and youth.
CED Volunteers serve as facilitators, trainers, and mentors to develop the capacity of individuals to secure employment; create their own self-employment opportunities; and successfully manage job income and enterprise profits for the benefit of their households. Furthermore, the project aims to facilitate linkages between national economic development initiatives and the daily reality of individuals in the communities where Volunteers live and serve, thereby improving economic opportunities at both the person-to-person and community levels.
Youth in Development
Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic contributes to national priorities by guiding youth to transition into healthy, productive, civically engaged citizens and building the capacity of host country service providers, groups, and communities to prioritize positive youth development.
The Youth project works with the population ages 10-24, co-facilitating life skills, employability skills, and sexual and reproductive health education, encouraging regular participation in clubs, and mentoring youth. Volunteers work in secondary schools (U.S. equivalent of 7th-12th grades), with the Vice Presidency’s Social Cabinet’s community technological centers, Municipal councils and with the Provincial Offices of the Ministry of Women.
Peace Corps Volunteers contribute regular, consistent support for youth in impoverished communities in the poorest provinces, working together with service providers and young people as a trusted friend and mentor. This daily contact and mentoring is Peace Corps’ niche; much needed and regular guidance and presence that teachers and community members are unable to provide.
Peace Corps Volunteers enhance existing school or community based youth programs or work with counterparts to develop new ones that help empower young people and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential. These programs build skills, harness positive energy, encourage ambitions, healthy decision making and urge youth to further their education, all providing sound bases for young peoples’ transition into healthy, productive, civically engaged adults and capable of intentional life planning.