Join us this summer to see and participate in our work first hand!
Volunteers who come during the summer will work on a combination of education and recreational activities with community members, as well as hands on eco-construction projects. We have an English immersion camp in the mornings, and we will also be working with community members in the community of Muñoz to build eco-construction projects such as human compost toilets, solar ovens, solar lights, and maybe some gardening as well!
Summer camp runs for 6 weeks from late June to the beginning of August. Volunteers can come for between one and six weeks. Anyone wishing to help out with teacher training and the first week of school can come August 8th to August 22nd.
Trip costs are $350 for one week, $680 for two weeks, $990 for three weeks, $1,280 for four weeks, $1,550 for five weeks, and $1,800 for six weeks. This covers airport pick up and drop off (if you arrive/leave on the specified Saturdays in Puerto Plata), 3 meals a day, housing, program transportation, program support, and some program materials. (Donated materials are also appreciated.)
If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to Volunteer@EsperanzaMeansHope.org. Those who wish to sign up will be asked to fill out a few forms as well as a $100 non-refundable deposit. The rest of the funds will be due one month before your arrival date. (If you are signing up close to the trip fees deadline, please send in all funds at once.)
Where will voluteers stay?
Volunteers stay in a house on a small farm close to a batey community where many of the students live. It is a secure and friendly place with great staff. Meals are cooked for volunteers at the building.
This is a home for a middle class Dominican family in a semi rural area. We view this as an opportunity forvolunteers to become immersed in the culture and have a better sense of what life is really like here.
This is a rustic setting and volunteers should be aware that we do not have air conditioning. We do have fans and a mobile modem with wifi that can connect 5 devices at once, as well as internet at our school and art shop, about a 10 minute walk down the road. Power goes out twice a week for a few hours during the day when volunteers are generally doing activities, and water goes out ocassionally. The bathroom is shared and rooms are shared with the exception of two rooms set up for individuals that we usually reserve for teachers or chaperones. There is reliable public transportation to go into Puerto Plata (about 25 minute drive away) where most American products can be easily found.
We encourage volunteers to stretch their comfort zones because we have found that many have a more impactful experience through this immersion. Ourvolunteer house is also very close to one of our schools and past volunteers have enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time with the children and the community. However, if the house does not sound feasible for you, we can arrange alternative accommodations.
What does it cost and when do I pay?
The costs is $350 for one week and $680 for two weeks. This include stay in our volunteer house, three meals a day, program transportation, support including interpretation, and some materials. This does not cover transportation for recreational activities outside the volunteer work or airport trips to airports other than Puerto Plata. Here are rates for these extra trips. Depending on the project, materials may need to be fundraised for or donated separately. If you wish to come for less than one week, the cost is $50 per day. If you are staying and eating somewhere other than our volunteer house and finding your own transportation, the cost is $15 per day.
The non-refundable deposit is due 2 months in advance of arrival date. The rest of your volunteer fees are due at least 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date.
Partial refunds for extenuating circumstances are possible if requested at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival date (the $100 deposit is not refundable). We cannot offer refunds on volunteer fees within 2 weeks of arrival or after your arrival date.
How can I find out more?
To find out more and discuss your trip with us, please e-mail Volunteer@EsperanzaMeansHope.org for questions and to request the sign up forms. We look forward to having you here!