Programs Offered

The Esperanza Project currently offers two main programs for children and teens ranging in age from 5 to 19. During the academic year (September to June) we offer an Educational Program taught completely in English. During the summer months (June and July) we offer a free of charge day camp.

The Esperanza Project Educational Institute

The Esperanza Project offers an educational program which is run by a group of highly energetic and highly qualified educators, who are focused on providing an affordable, yet high quality, English-based program, which aims to create a structured and differentiated learning environment for students with diverse learning needs. The students of The Esperanza Project Educational Institute are actively involved in designing and running projects which seek to help and improve the local community, which in turn fosters academic growth and overall social development. The Esperanza Project boasts one of the highest teacher to student ratios anywhere in the Dominican Republic. The project currently caters to students aged 6 to 19.

The program runs Monday to Friday mornings from 9:00am to 12:00pm and afternoons from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

The cost of the program is 1000 Dominican pesos for either of the half day programs or 2000 pesos for the full day program.

If you would like more information or to enroll a student in our educational program, you can contact us here or via telephone at 829 532 4925.

We are working hard to make our program affordable to everyone but in some cases, local families still need assistance in sending their child to school. If you are interested in partially or fully sponsoring a child to attend our educational program, please visit our Sponsor/Donate section to see how you can help.

Puentes Early Learning Institute 

In May, 2017, The Esperanza Project officially expanded by adding on long time ‘sister school’, Puentes Early Learning Institute as a permanent part of The Esperanza Project family.

Puentes is a bilingual (Spanish / English) preschool / kindergarten / first grade program for students ranging in age from 3 to 6. Puentes currently hosts roughly 50 students. The school program runs Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm throughout the academic year, then hosts a 4 week summer camp program during the month of July.

Interested in registering a child in Puentes? Registration for the 2019/2020 school year will open on April 1st, 2019. Please contact Fiona at 829 532 4925 or info@esperanzaproject.ca to register. All students must be 3 years of age on or before September 15th, 2019 and must be potty trained.

Interested in volunteering at Puentes? All volunteer programs through The Esperanza Project currently have the option of including time at Puentes. If you are interested in a fully Puentes based volunteer opportunity, please contact us at info@esperanzaproject.ca for more details.

Camp Esperanza

Camp Esperanza is a completely free of charge day camp for local children to take part in many different extracurricular activities throughout the summer months of June and July. The camp caters to children ages 5 – 15 years.

The camp is split into 5 different activity centres including: arts & crafts, reading & board games, court sports, grass sports, and music, dance & drama. Children also have the opportunity to learn and practice English during all activities.

Each summer the camp is run by a group of roughly 15 foreign volunteers who  join The Esperanza Project from around the world, along with roughly 10 local volunteers, as well as directors, Fiona and Anthony Austin.

Camp Esperanza 2018 will run for 6 weeks from Monday, June 18th to Friday, July 27th, 2018, Mondays to Fridays from 8:30am to 12:00pm.

The camp is free of charge to enroll and attend.

Camp Esperanza enrollment is done on a first come, first served basic. Enrollment for summer 2018 will be held on Monday, June 18th at 8:30am. If you would like more information before then you can contact us here or via telephone at 829 532 4925.