Stonehill Service Corps - Dominican Republic is a cultural service experience in which Stonehill graduates live in La Romana, Dominican Republic and work at Hogar del Nino, a daycare and school that serves over 1,500 local children aged newborn to 18 years old.

The program runs from August through the following June.

Roles & Responsibilities

Corps members work in various positions at the facility, including daycare provider, education coordinator, after-school program administrator, grant writer, and website developer, with the opportunity to take on more responsibility and create new programs as the year progresses. You will also be given the chance to use your unique talents within the curriculum and extracurricular activities, so graduates of any area of study are encouraged to apply.

Corps members commit to living by the program's core principles of service, community, spirituality and simple living.

Types of Placement

  • Education

  • Childcare

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Fundraising

Affordability

Program resources will cover the cost of room and board, medical insurance, and travel expenditures to and from the destination country at the start and end of the program. A modest monthly stipend and subsidy for in-country travel will also be offered.

Student Loan Deferment or Forbearance

This volunteer experience may also allow participants to defer their student loans during their time in service. For student loan deferment or forbearance information, contact Eric Newnum, Associate Director for Loans, at 508-565-1394 or by email at enewnum@stonehill.edu.

Requirements

The Dominican Republic Corps is open to Stonehill graduates up to age 25 with some Spanish fluency. No prior teaching experience is necessary, but an interest in working with children is required.

Orientation and Training

Corps members participate in a four-day orientation program at Stonehill College immediately prior to departure. Orientation and job specific training will also be conducted onsite at Hogar del Nino upon arrival. No prior teaching experience is necessary.

Meet our Current DR Corps!

Nina Garambone

Nina Garambone '13, Major: Biology

"As a volunteer at the Hogar del Nino, I am responsible for teaching English to pre-school students ages 3 to 4 years old each morning. In addition, I teach English in the elementary school, specifically second and fourth grade. Each of these classes contain 30 to 45 students which is different from many classrooms in the states. In addition to being a teacher, we are friends and mentors to students throughout the school, giving love and support whenever it is needed. In the coming months, we will be assisting with the high school English honors program and are soon to begin a women's empowerment group at the Hogar. I have enjoyed each moment with my students and look forward to seeing them grow and learn."

Carola Melendez-Rios

Carola Melendez-Rios '13, Major: Neuroscience

"At the Hogar del Nino I am teaching English to Pre-School (ages 4-5), 1st and 3rd grade as well as assisting Nina in her 2nd and 4th grade classes. The Hogar del Nino is very different then most traditional schools and therefore come very different responsibilities then a normal teaching position. I am responsible for making lesson plans for all of my classes. I teach three groups of 45 Pre-schoolers every morning and 1st and 3rd graders (about 30-40 per class) twice a week. In addition to tearching English, we are responsible for the discipline and care of each and every one of our students which could mean anything such as giving hugs to kids having a bad day or disciplining those who need a firmer hand. Within the next few months, Nina and I will be starting a Women's Empowerment group with the middle school aged as well as high school aged girls at the school. I couldn´t be any happier or loving it more, these kids really could not be more wonderful."

Ramses Montero

Ramses Montero '13, Major: Graphic Design

"This year I am fortunate enough to be a volunteer, teacher, grant writer, mentor and friend to many amazing children at the Hogar Del Niño school. I teach English to about 120 five and six year olds every morning. In the afternoons, I teach art in small groups in the extracurricular after-school program to first and second graders. Carola, Nina and I are all working with kids from the high school to the primary school on a music project with the goal of releasing an bilingual album showcasing the Hogar´s many talents. I also work with the Patronato Benefico Oriental (PBO), the organization that helps fund the school and many other community resources, as a grant writer and the contact for their account with Toms Shoes. The PBO, the giving partner of TOMS here in the Dominican Republic, receives more than 18,000 shoes every 6 months and distributes the shoes to students at the Hogar and children in surrounding communities."

For More Information

Visit the Stonehill Service Corps - Dominican Republic Facebook group site for photos and updates from current volunteers. Also, you can read all about a volunteer's life in the D.R. on their blog!

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