2019 Yspaniola Summer Literacy Volunteer Application
Overview
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 and Service-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 2019 Batey Libertad Summer Camp. Yspaniola Summer Literacy volunteers will be expected to arrive to arrive on Saturday, June 15 for orientation and leave on Sunday, June 30. Camp activities will run from June 17-28.

Every summer, Yspaniola supports Batey Libertad community members as they organize a two-week camp catered to youth ages 6–16. During the camp, youth participate in a number of different guided activities including art, sports, theater, music, and interactive games. These culminate in an all-camp celebration.

Summer Literacy volunteers will act as camp counselors and 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 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 activities such as Spanish and Creole classes, dance class, movie night, and service projects in the community.

Qualifications
-Experience teaching or working with children
-Conversational Spanish and/or Creole skills (fluent speakers are preferred)
-Must be 17 or older
-Passionate about educational equity
-Comfortable living in new environments and interacting with diverse populations
-High-energy, enthusiastic, and flexible

Expectations
-Lead a camp activity or class as a camp counselor
-Collaborate with local volunteers and Yspaniola staff
-Willing to stay for the duration of summer camp
-Willing to take on a leadership role in a small nonprofit setting
-Able to complete a two-week homestay in Batey Libertad

Physical Requirements
-Able to stand, walk, and be active for long periods of time
-Able to work in the hot and sunny local climate

Pricing
The participation fee is $1,500, which includes a homestay, all meals, transportation to and from the airport, activities in the batey, and in-country excursions. Volunteers will be expected to cover the cost of their own flights.

Application Instructions
If you are interested in the position, please send your resumé along with a completed application form below to volunteer@yspaniola.org by April 21st, 2019 at 5PM ET. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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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 June 15–30? *
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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