Yspaniola Summer Camp 2017 Volunteer Application
Yspaniola is a non-profit organization working to increase access to quality education for a marginalized community of Dominicans and Haitians in the Dominican Republic's Cibao region. Working in Batey Libertad since 2005, we manage a university scholarship program that makes higher education attainable for young people in the batey and operate a learning center that works to address the academic and social development challenges faced by children ages 4 - 16. In addition, we promote global citizenship and advocacy by coordinating service-learning trips for US college students to learn about the history of the island and serve the Batey Libertad community. To learn more about our programs, please visit us at www.yspaniola.org or contact volunteer@yspaniola.org.

Yspaniola is seeking volunteers to support our 2017 Batey Libertad Summer Camp. Every summer, Yspaniola supports the Batey Libertad community as they organize a three week camp catered to youth ages 4-16. During camp, youth participate in a number of different guided activities including art, sports, social studies, 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 organization. During the entirety of their stay, camp volunteers will live with a local family. . 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/Creole class, dance class, movie night etc.

Volunteer Duties:
- Lead a camp activity or a group of students as a camp counselor
- Support and collaborate with local volunteers and Yspaniola staff
- Attend pre-camp orientation and training and post camp debrief session

Volunteer Qualifications:
- Must be available to arrive July 6 and stay through July 31, 2017
- 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
- Belief in Yspaniola's vision and values
- Interest in International Development and Latin America

The regular fee for participation is $1,595 which includes all in-country meals, home-stays and hotels, all in-country excursions, as well as airport pickup and drop off. The majority of summer camp counselors are eligible for an Yspaniola sponsored scholarship which can provide up to 50%- 75% fee reduction based upon the strength of your qualifications and application.

Application Instructions:
If you are interested, please send your resumé along with a completed copy of the attached document to volunteer@yspaniola.org by May 5th, 2017 at 5PM ET. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Email address
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Date of birth:
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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 6 - July 31?
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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