Yspaniola Summer Camp 2018 Volunteer Application
Yspaniola is a Dominican-American education nonprofit building a model of high-quality education programs in Batey Libertad from pre-kindergarten through university. Yspaniola’s vision is to provide graduates of our programs with the tools they need to successfully advocate for themselves and their communities. Yspaniola also facilitates Experiential Learning trips for high school and university students from countries outside of the DR to raise awareness about international development and social justice issues on the island.

Yspaniola is seeking volunteers to support our 2018 Batey Libertad Summer Camp. Every summer, Yspaniola supports the Batey Libertad community as they organize a three-week camp catered to youth ages 6 - 16. During the half-day camp, youth participate in a number of different guided activities including art, sports, theater, music, and interactive games, culminating in an all-camp celebration.

Camp volunteers will act as camp counselors or project leaders and work side by side with local volunteers and Yspaniola staff. They will be assigned to a specific age group or be responsible for leading a daily activity in concert with local volunteers. In addition, they will support Yspaniola staff with camp logistics and general behavior and classroom management.

During the entirety of their stay, camp volunteers will live with a local family where they will be provided with three meals each day. In addition, volunteers will be provided with a pre-arrival curriculum that prepares them for the experience and helps them to better understand Dominican and Haitian relations, human rights issues in the Dominican Republic, and challenges faced by batey communities like Batey Libertad. The volunteer experience will also include a paid trip to the beach and other excursions around the island, as well as afternoon volunteer activities such as Spanish and Creole classes, dance class, movie night, and service projects in the community.

Volunteer Duties
-Lead a camp activity or a group of students as a camp counselor
-Support and collaborate with local volunteers and Yspaniola staff in camp logistics and behavior management
-Support completion of service project
-Attend pre-camp orientation and training and post-camp debrief session
Volunteer Qualifications
-Must be available to arrive July 5th and stay through July 27th, 2018
-Intermediate Spanish required and familiarity with Haitian Kreyol or French a plus
-Willingness to participate in a homestay throughout your time in the Dominican Republic
-Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
-Experience working with diverse populations
-Experience working with children or youth preferred
-High energy, enthusiastic, and flexible
-Strong commitment to Yspaniola's vision and values
-Demonstrated interest in International Development, Latin America, and/or youth development

The regular fee for participation is $1,595 and includes all in-country meals, homestays and hotels, all in-country excursions, as well as airport pickup and drop-off. Discounted fees are available based upon the strength of your qualifications and application.

Application Instructions
If you are interested, please send your resumé along with a completed application form below to volunteer@yspaniola.org by May 5th, 2018 at 5PM ET. The priority deadline for applications is March 15th. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Email address *
Name: *
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Date of birth: *
College/University: *
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Major: *
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Year in college: *
Have you been a part of Yspaniola programming in the past?
Why are you interested in working with Yspaniola? How does Yspaniola’s work and mission align with your professional goals (short and long-term)? *
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Talk a little bit about your interest in education. *
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Are you of Dominican or Haitian descent? *
To what degree are you fluent in Spanish? *
To what degree are you fluent in Haitian creole? *
Will you be available to travel to the Dominican Republic from July 5 - July 27? *
Are you interested in coming earlier to work as a Summer Intern? *
If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, around what date would you like to start?
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