Yspaniola is a non-profit organization working to increase access to quality education for a marginalized community of Dominicans and Haitians in the Dominican Republic's Cibao region. Working in Batey Libertad since 2005, we manage a University Scholarship Program that makes higher education attainable for young people in the batey and operate a learning center that works to address the academic and social development challenges faced by children aged 4 - 16. In addition, we promote global citizenship and advocacy by coordinating service-learning trips for US college students to learn about the history of the island and serve the Batey Libertad community.
Yspaniola is seeking volunteers to support our 2018 Batey Libertad Summer Camp. Every summer, Yspaniola supports the Batey Libertad community as they organize a three-week camp catered to youth ages 4 - 16. During camp, youth participate in a number of different guided activities including art, sports, social studies, music, and interactive games, culminating in an all-camp celebration.
Camp volunteers will act as camp counselors or project leaders and work side by side with local volunteers and Yspaniola staff. They will be assigned to a specific age group or be responsible for leading a daily activity with local volunteers. In addition, they will support Yspaniola staff with camp logistics and general organization. During the entirety of their stay, camp volunteers will live with a local family. The volunteer experience will also include a paid trip to the beach and other excursions around the island, as well as afternoon volunteer activities such as Spanish/Creole class, dance class, movie night, etc.
-Lead a camp activity or a group of students as a camp counselor
-Support and collaborate with local volunteers and Yspaniola staff
-Attend pre-camp orientation and training and post-camp debrief session
-Must be available to arrive July 5 and stay through July 27, 2018
-Intermediate Spanish required and familiarity with Haitian Creole or French a plus
-Willingness to participate in a homestay throughout your time in the Dominican Republic
-Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
-Experience working with diverse populations
-Experience working with children or youth preferred
-High energy, enthusiastic, and flexible
-Belief in Yspaniola's vision and values
-Interest in International Development and Latin America
The regular fee for participation is $1,595 and includes all in-country meals, homestays and hotels, all in-country excursions, as well as airport pickup and drop-off. The majority of summer camp counselors are eligible for an Yspaniola-sponsored scholarship which can provide up to a 50% - 75% fee reduction based upon the strength of your qualifications and application.