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.
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: