Dominican Republic Volunteer Projects
Inspire and educate young children in the Dominican Republic while helping to build strong communities!
The Dominican Republic is a developing country facing the ongoing struggles of poverty. As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to work in Dominican communities that are handpicked by ISV and make a difference to the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children and families. Your efforts will focus on education (via the ISV Children's Program) and the building projects for community infrastructure in rural areas. Many of these communities have no electricity or running water - everyday things that many people take for granted.
ISV has several projects located in rural areas of the Dominican Republic where volunteers are able to make a significant difference within the host communities by empowering individuals to break through the cycles of poverty. The ISV-DR program focuses on two essential components of development: infrastructure development and children’s education programs.
The goal is to improve the quality of life for the people in underserved communities through building and renovating homes, community centers, schools, latrines, water and sewage facilities, sidewalks, and community gardens, and to deliver basic health education and English language programs in a fun and dynamic setting. In many cases, you will find yourself working alongside members of the community to accomplish the tasks. You will also be involved in ecological education in conjunction with the local community leaders. In the process, you become an important and welcomed part of these communities who need assistance as they strive for a better life for their families.
As a volunteer, you will help educate children who have little access to everyday resources like books and pencils, and where there are never enough teachers. ISV has developed an ongoing program to supplement the underfunded public education system, where you will teach basic English, Math, Geography, Sciences and Health Education to children in a summer camp-like setting. Fun activities such as Music and Dance, Arts and Crafts and Physical Recreation are also incorporated into the ISV Children's Program. The goal of the Children's Program is to provide a platform for basic, quality education in a fun and dynamic learning environment for underserved children of the Dominican Republic. Each volunteer is asked to bring along their own skills and talents to make each lesson as fun as it is memorable.