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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.

Other positions include:

  • Candy Striper/Healthcare worker
  • Fair Trade Art Shop Worker
  • Literacy Volunteer
  • English Teacher
  • Movie Theater/Activity Night Coordinator
  • Skilled Art Teacher
  • Community Health Volunteer
  • Physical Education Teacher/Sports Volunteer
  • Eco-Construction Volunteer
  • Computer Education Volunteer
  • Recycling/Sustainability Volunteer

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


Longer-term volunteers willing to arrange food and accommodation, as well as maintain some autonomy may contact for reduced rates. For full board, including meals and lodging, long-term volunteer fees were about $900 per month for volunteers with Spanish speaking abilitities.


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