Although our projects are successfully completed in the DR at this time, we highly suggest those looking for volunteer positions check on availability of projects on line with the Peace Corp and other non-profit groups. Below is information regarding Mundo’s volunteering projects in the DR.
Sharon and Clark, Mundo Exchange volunteers and director, Joan Williams, and the Peace Corp teamed to help a very, very small and impoverished rural community in the Dominican Republic. Sharon, Clark and Joan Williams met with community leaders and were asked to find volunteers to improve educational and technology opportunities for students at the local elementary school. Supplies were taken and are being used currently.
The DR is beautiful and the need for Spanish speaking volunteers is great. Volunteers often help teach Spanish and English and help students learn more about computers and programs.
Volunteers often live near the projects in community homes where living conditions are very basic. There may not be hot water but great cool bucket-only showers. In many places there is limited electricity and no cell phone or internet access. There are opportunities to get off the beaten trail and away from a technologically driven world. Volunteers can learn from and with the community members and also help children that are in great need of increasing their language and computer skills.
Volunteers or Interns helping non profit groups in the DR should often be able to:
- speak Spanish fluently,
- be flexible and independent,
- have a never ending good sense of humor
- and a penchant for adventure.
- longer stays are better for the children and the community
For more information about possible free positions check out http://www.freevolunteering.net