Santiago

Santiago, Dominican Republic

Institute for the Blind

Spanish (Intermediate)

This educational institute in Santiago, Dominican Republic provides much needed social services to adults who are blind or visually impaired. This organization empowers economically disadvantaged and often marginalized members of society by equipping them with the tools they need to live independently. Services include training in Braille, supporting developing micro-enterprises, health treatments, and a support system to help foster independence. Participants may help with the instruction and therapy of students to empower them to complete their daily activities independently.

Technical School

Spanish (Intermediate)

This technical school in Santiago, Dominican Republic was founded as an educational resource for low-income communities in Santiago. Participants in this role will have the opportunity to teach beginning-level English language classes to a variety of age groups. Participants have the opportunity to observe class, assist with lesson planning and instruction, correct homework, and create evaluations. This placement is ideal for participants who have had previous teaching experience and would like to create an academic curriculum and manage a classroom. *Limited availability due to schools being closed for Vacations in Santiago

Youth Development Centers

Spanish (Intermediate)

These public, non-profit centers seek to promote youth development and education among at-risk youth populations in Santiago. These centers offer a variety of services to children, including personal hygiene, academic support, after school programs, recreational activities, health education, psychological support, and meals. Participants will have opportunities to facilitate recreational and educational programs, help with homework and assignments, and form connections with students.

Children's Dining Hall

Spanish (Intermediate)

This organization is dedicated to promoting and coordinating activities that lead to successful development for some of the most disadvantaged youth in Santiago. Participants will have the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of children who utilize the dining hall for meals, education, and healthcare. Activities include facilitating recreational activities, creating engaging educational activities, serving meals, and acting as a positive mentor. *This placement has limited availability June - September as students involved in this organization are on summer vacation.

Center for the Disabled

Spanish (Intermediate)

This public center sponsored by the First Lady of the Dominican Republic provides diagnostic and rehabilitation services to children with mental and physical disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. The center aims to provide integrative services to children with special needs and develop their physical and mental abilities along with preparing them for effective social inclusion. Services at the center include evaluation, diagnosis, and therapy. Participants may have the opportunity to help physical therapy, nutrition, and psychology staff and also observe consultations. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Public Health Clinics

Spanish (Intermediate)

Neighborhood public health clinics throughout Santiago remain understaffed, resulting in a high need for volunteers, NGOs, and international health professionals to assist in providing basic health services. Participants have the opportunity to observe doctors and nurses during consultations with patients, update patient files, help prepare consultation rooms, and assist with public health initiatives in the community. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Rehabilitation Center

Spanish (Low Intermediate)

This organization serves both children and adults with physical, mental, and sensory impairments in the city of Santiago, Dominican Republic. Through physical therapy, occupational therapy, social integration, and group activities, patients become reincorporated into a functional society. The center also sponsors two youth programs which serve children with disabilities from low-income households and strive to foster human rights awareness. Participants may have the opportunity to observe social workers and physical therapists during their sessions, help with the patient intake process, go on house visits, and support patients under supervision. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Pharmacy

Spanish (Intermediate)

This pharmaceutical dispensary provides low-cost medications to smaller communities surrounding Santiago. Working closely with staff at the central warehouse in Santiago, participants help to sort and organize medication for the smaller dispensaries after they arrive at the central pharmacy. Participants may also assist with invoice preparation and inventory management. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Center for Labor Rights

Spanish (Advanced)

Participants at this center may welcome visitors to the office, assist with legal research, help calculate client benefits, enter case details in the center's database, and observe and learn from lawyers' cases. Participants have the opportunity to aid in a variety of administrative tasks to ensure that the Center for Labor Rights continues to provide services and support for human rights initiatives, labor rights, technical training, and intercultural relations between Dominicans and Haitians.