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Summer Camp Program

For the past 7 years The Esperanza Project has been running a completely free of charge day camp for local children to take part in sports, drama, music, arts & crafts and other activities throughout the summer months in the quiet, picturesque town of Cabrera on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The camp runs every Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 12:30pm. This program is run solely by a group of young, energetic volunteers (along side founders and directors, Fiona and Anthony Austin). Volunteers will be in charge of planning and leading these activity centres. Each centre will have two to three volunteer leaders and a group of roughly 15 to 20 children at a time.

When not at the camp, volunteers are free to do as they please, including several optional activities planned by The Esperanza Project each session such as volunteer baseball, volleyball, pool parties, beach days, games nights and more. There are several beautiful beaches within 20 minutes of the camp, as well as some of the world’s most stunning natural lakes and waterfalls. Within the town there are several restaurants, parks, internet cafes, and a beautiful waterfront boardwalk where volunteers can relax and enjoy their afternoons off.

The Esperanza Project’s summer camp program offers the perfect combination of helping children in need while discovering a new culture and language on this beautiful caribbean island! This will also provide an excellent addition to your resume / CV for future employment and careers.

Program Dates

Full summer session (6 WEEKS):

Saturday June 16th to Saturday July 28th, 2018

Mini summer session (3 WEEKS):

June 16th to July 7th, 2018

or

July 7th to July 28th, 2018

Program Fees

Full summer session (6 WEEKS):

6 weeks: $1775 USD

Half summer session (3 WEEKS):

3 weeks: $1250 USD

What is included?

  • private room in a local home for entire length of program
  • typical Dominican breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
  • all project materials
  • 24 hour on-call emergency support
  • local support on and off the project
  • airport pick-up and drop-off to and from home-stay
  • orientation day upon arrival with all staff / dinner in local restaurant
  • e-orientation package
  • official camp t-shirt

What is not included?

  • airfare
  • travel insurance

Who can volunteer?

All volunteers must be 18 years of age or over by June 16th, 2018 or accompanied by an adult. Volunteers should be adventurous, energetic, responsible, and enjoy working with children and youth. They should be open to experiencing and becoming a part of a new culture. Past camp / volunteer experience and Spanish language skills are an advantage , but not essential.

“To simply put it, Cabrera is a life-changing town. I can promise you that the beautiful sights that you will see, people you will meet, and memories you will make- will stay with you for the rest of your life. The simple happiness the children at the “Esperanza Project” exude is infectious, and I will carry their spirit with me for the rest of my life. Fiona and Anthony are two of the most amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. What they are doing for the town of Cabrera is nothing short of extraordinary. I never knew a volunteering trip could have such a tremendous impact on my life. I came home a better person and will forever be thankful for my time in Cabrera. I miss it dearly, but I know I will be back very soon.” - Drew from Canada

Drew from Canada,
Summer Camp Volunteer

“I had the pleasure of working with the Esperanza Project for 3 months this summer and it was been absolutely amazing. I went into the experience not being comfortable with speaking Spanish, not really knowing much about Dominican culture and trying to understand my role in the world. Cabrera is a safe, community oriented town that is so homey and the perfect backdrop for the Esperanza Project. The project itself was unique in that it brought together kids from all different backgrounds, who otherwise would probably never have interacted with one another otherwise, and gave them a common goal — to have as much fun as possible. The experience opened my eyes and inspired me to enjoy every moment of life, both the rowdy and the quiet. I looked forward to going to camp every day where I would literally have a permanent smile attached to my face. The happiness and the Esperanza spirit, as we call it, is undeniably contagious and addictive. It was not uncommon for us counsellors to be singing camp songs at night! The kids gave me hope throughout the summer and truly challenged me to be the best me. The excitement of the kids to see us both in and out of camp was truly uplifting. Whether it is becoming Mr. Baby Shark, Mr. Eliminado or even Chino, I was blessed to know that my hard work translates to good memories. The Esperanza Project, whether it’s the school program or the camp, is a truly worthwhile cause that works to truly do what it is outlined in their name, to give esperanza–hope.” - Karsten from Canada

Karsten from Canada,
School & Summer Camp Volunteer

“It’s so difficult to talk about my time with the Esperanza Project and Cabrera because there is so much to say and so much words can’t describe. Coming to the Dominican was a life changing experience. I was amazed by the beauty of the country, the kindness of the people, and the excitement of working with the kids at camp. Spending time here really changed my perspective and made me appreciate all the important things in life. I met people and had experiences that I will never forget. The family that developed between the Anthony and Fiona, volunteers, the kids, and the town was so warm and uplifting. I’m so grateful to Anthony and Fiona for all that they do and providing this wonderful opportunity to both the kids and the volunteers. If you get the chance to do this, take it!” - Andy from USA

Andy from USA,
Summer Camp Volunteer