Dominican Republic

Volunteering

We are partnered with the DREAM Project which provides more than 670,000 hours of quality education to more than 7,000 children through 14 different programs across 27 communities in the Dominican Republic. In addition, DREAM programs indirectly benefit thousands more each year by reaching our students’ family members, social networks and their extended communities.

Words From Volunteers

We believe our summer camps are successful when students have access to a well-rounded education that is educational, inspiring and fun! Students participate in project-based learning where they improve their academic skills, develop creative expression, and have an opportunity to speak out about issues that are important to them. This year’s summer camp theme was the environment, and SwimTayka’s program was a great addition that allowed students to explore and be comfortable with the natural water resources that surround them on this beautiful and ecologically diverse island.

Molly Hamm, Associate Director of DREAM Project

Bueno, es una experiencia inolvidable y maravillosa, hermosa. Los ninos se sintieron amados y confiados. Aprendieron mucho y lograron desarrollar habilidades. Gracias. Me senti segura en la ensenanza. Esencial gracias. Me gustaria trabajar con ellos.

Rosa Iris Felix Morel (Dominican Republic), Maestro de natación

Meravigliosa esperienza di vita!

Ho avuto la fortuna di collaborare con SwimTayka a Cabarete (DR) nel mese di Luglio, 2017. E’ stata una esperienza intensa dalla quale sento di aver imparato tanto e di aver ricevuto ben più di quello che mi è stato permesso donare.

Bryan è una brava persona, sempre disponibile e gentile nel chiarire metodi di insegnamento ed accogliere richieste e dubbi, nelle lezioni da lui supervisionate è facile migliorare e sentirsi all’altezza.

Insegnare nuoto a bambini curiosi e vivaci è un’esperienza completa, non si esaurisce nella didattica. Permette all’istruttore di lavorare su paure e gioiose aspettative, di portare nella vita degli alunni competenze trasversali che torneranno utili sempre, dentro e fuori dall’acqua.

Consiglio a chiunque sia interessato a vivere un’autentica esperienza di formazione di rivolgersi a SwimTayka e di crescere insieme a questo programma.

Ancora una volta, un sentito grazie a Bryan ad allo staff di “Dream Project”

Martina Brambilla, Insegnante nuoto

Location

Set in an area in the Puerto Plata province in the north of the Dominican Republic, this area is noted for its tourism and beaches. This project is in the perfect location for relaxing on your days off. Volunteers receive a full week of orientation to Dominican life and culture, the town and the project before collaborating with local Dominican teachers and volunteers to lead the 5-week educational summer program for primary school youth.

Teaching Life Skills

Each year, our charity partner recruits up to 50 volunteers from around the world to work in their annual Summer School & Camp programme. Summer camp participants (ages 8-15) receive individualised academic support, and SwimTayka help provide them with the life skill of learning to swim combined with water stewardship education.

Language Requirements

Summer camp volunteers work closely with the children as swimming teacher trainers (professional development coaches), swimming assistants, and swimming instructors. All lessons are taught in Spanish, so a firm grasp of the Spanish language is a must.

Dates

June 25 to July 27, 2018 (5 weeks) Volunteers must commit to the full term.

Deadline to apply

April 15, 2018

Requirements

  • Intermediate to advanced Spanish skills are required, and native speakers are encouraged to apply.
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the start of the program.
  • Must have experience teaching or working with children.
  • Must complete a criminal background check and be cleared for working with children.

Cost

Minimum fund raising target of $3,800 per volunteer for the full 5 weeks

Cost includes return flights to Puerto Plata, orientation week, field trips, accommodation, 3 meals a day during the work week (Sunday dinner though Friday lunch), drinking water, pick up/drop off from the Puerto Plata airport (up to 48 hours before the start of camp and 48 hours after the end of camp), oversight, and program costs. Health insurance, any necessary travel visas and vaccinations are not covered.

Apply

If you have previously volunteered with the SwimTayka, please follow the same application procedure and include an updated resume and we will use your recommendation letters already on file. Please include a letter on why you would like to return and what you hope to achieve during the program.

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