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Project Esperanza primarily serves the Haitian immigrant population of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. The organization runs two schools pre-K through 6th grade for Haitian immigrant children who face barriers to receiving education, as well as a group home for boys working and often living in the streets.

Volunteers are needed to help and support the various projects and are welcomed in the following skill areas: teaching, construction, family volunteering, and a little bit of childcare and medical, as well as economic development and community development projects, mainly for longer term volunteers.

Opportunity types

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The biggest programs run for six weeks in the summer, from June through Aug. Experienced or long-term volunteers are also welcomed year round


For the complete 6 week summer program including stay, three meals a day, program transportation, program support, and some materials, the cost is $350 for the first week, minus $20 for each additional week up to six weeks. Longer-term volunteers willing to arrange food and accommodation, as well as maintain some autonomy may contact for reduced rates.


For more information about volunteering with Project Esperanza, visit them online:

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