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Dominican Republic Childcare Programme

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Dominican Republic Childcare Programme

Immerse yourself in the community, bringing hope and happiness to vulnerable children and discover the Dominican Republic – a land of tropical sun, pristine beaches and rich culture.

Prices from US$1,195

There is so much more to this dazzling part of the Caribbean than the tempting waters edged with iridescent sandy shores bordering it. Enjoy fragrant sun drenched days and balmy exotic nights dancing to a soundtrack of Spanish-influenced merengue, one of the most alluring genres of music found in the world. Immerse yourself in the community; watch a game of dominoes being played on aluminium tables in the shade of a bar painted sky blue, smell the pungent aroma of locally made cigars and enjoy the honey sweet coffee that the Dominican Republic is famous for. As well as falling in love with this tropical idyll, bring hope and happiness to children that suffer desperately within a society where the majority of people barely survive from day to day. Work with disabled  or abandoned street children and help out at feeding centres for homeless people and women and babies living with AIDS. Join our project today for an unforgettable gap year or year out experience!

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop lifelong friendships
  • Stay in this dazzling part of the Caribbean
  • Bring care & attention to the children of the school

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years.

FAST FACTS

Location Dominican Republic
Activities Teaching
Playing with the children
Creative activities
Dressing & feeding
Transport Airport pick-up 
Walk from accommodation to work placement
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL certification
In-country Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers to project
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

About one in five Dominicans lives in poverty and almost one in ten in extreme poverty. Amongst the poorer families, the numbers of children tend to be higher, resulting in many unfortunate youngsters being turned out onto the streets and being exploited in a range of ways. Chronic malnutrition, abuse and multiple health problems are common. Those who are most vulnerable include disabled children and those of Haitian origin, many who are trafficked into the Dominican Republic in the first place. Many become resigned to a life of prostitution and poverty. It is essential that the situation is recognised and tackled – schools here are hugely under-funded and often close due to lack of human resources.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

In your first few days you will receive an orientation introduction to the area and the volunteer work by your local coordinator. Whatever role you take on you will be giving disadvantaged children a better start in life. The children really benefit greatly from this rich opportunity for cultural exchange and your involvement will make a real and lasting difference to their lives. You will be an integral part of the project as it strives to offer skills development and environmental education to the people who need it the most. 

The kinds of activities that you could be involved with throughout the project is very much up to you and how much you use your initiative.  The most successful volunteers are typically those who remain flexible and are as proactive as possible.   At the same time, if you have a particular interest or preference then your local coordinator will be happy to help you focus your time in that area.  Some of the areas where you could get involved include helping out with the daily duties of running the centre, spending time with the children playing and creating fun and interesting activities for them, helping out with kitchen duties, teaching in the school or even lending a hand at a local women’s group which also uses the centre.  The staff at the school will be happy for you to simply get involved in as much as you feel comfortable with and let you decide your own daily schedule as your help will be appreciated in most areas.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival into Santo Domingo Airport, you will be met by an in-country staff member and transported to your accommodation where you will be based for the duration of your project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During your stay you will be living with friendly Dominican family which will help you to immerse yourself in the culture of the region.  You will usually have your own room which has a lock on the door and a bathroom with a regular toilet.  There will be facilities to wash your clothes.  Your accommodation is located approximately 5 minutes from the school.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 3 meals per day, with breakfast and lunch being provided at the centre, and dinner being provided at your homestay with your host family.  In your spare time enjoy exploring the tempting local street food in nearby shops and restaurants. Dominican food is as colourful as the landscape and language and is inspired by the islands Antillean roots and hearty Creole influences. Light spices and coconut add depth and flavour to dishes and warm the soul! Try fried plantains, or the "flag meal" which is rice, beans, meat and vegetables. Goat stew is also popular. Most food here is similar to Central America – lots of rice, fish, and fresh seafood!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

There is no end of activities and sights to visit in your spare time. Visit the north coast for some of the best windsurfing or kite boarding found in the world, go whale watching, try fun hiking, biking or even white water rafting for those adrenaline seekers! You may also like to visit the Caribbean's highest peak or the Playa Rincon, said to be one of the best beaches in the world.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,195

4 weeks US$1,745

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly. Please arrive on a Monday.

This project is not available over the Christmas period.

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt
  • UK TEFL training day & certification

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Santo Domingo Las Americas Apt (SDQ)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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