June 18th to July 6th, 2016 (subject to slight change)
During this program volunteers will collaborate with AYUDA’s partner organization “Aprendiendo a Vivir” (AAV) a local diabetes organization based in Santo Domingo. Accepted volunteers, led by AYUDA staff, will work closely with AAV local staff, medical students and rising youth leaders to plan and implement community outreach projects that will motivate and support young people with diabetes and their families. In addition, the team will work together to run Campo Amigo Dominicano, a weekend diabetes education family program.
February 6th 2016 - Final Application Deadline (rolling interview process)Note: Applications are reviewed and interviews granted on a rolling basis. It is highly recommended that applications be submitted as soon as is possible.
February 10th 2016 - First Notification for Program 2016 Acceptance
$6,500, plus flight costs (for Washington DC and the DR). $6,400 is due on June 10, 2016 and $100 is due on September 1, 2016. Once volunteers have reached their $6,500 fundraising commitment, they may use their fundraising page to raise funds for their flights. AYUDA will reimburse up to $1,000 with proper documentation.
Please note! Interested volunteers are welcome to apply to more than 1 program. Qualified volunteers selected to participate in combined programs (2 or 3 programs) will have reduced fundraising commitments ($2,000 less for 3 programs and $1,000 less for 2 combined programs).
Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV) is a local non-profit organization based in Santo Domingo. The organization provides children and adolescents living with diabetes the opportunity to improve their quality of life through educational programs. The goal of these programs is to provide tools and knowledge to help young people living with diabetes better manage their condition, improve their nutrition and prevent future complications. For more information about AAV see: www.aprendiendovivir.org
1) Empower youth to be role models and leaders of social change and share their knowledge with others 2) Allow parents and children to realize that type 1 diabetes is a manageable condition 3) Strengthen current diabetes knowledge, beginning with the themes of leadership and self-esteem back to top
Volunteer Program Description
AYUDA invests significant resources in its volunteers. In return, volunteers invest valuable resources in AYUDA that ensure quality programs and strategic goals. Pre-program training is well established at AYUDA and begins the moment volunteers are accepted into their programs. Every volunteer participates in an intensive AYUDA Volunteer Training Program (VTP) that includes two elements: an online training course (E-course) and the VTP Summit - which is an in-person multi-day intensive program.
The purpose of the VTP is to prepare AYUDA volunteers to serve as agents of change in the diabetes communities where they will volunteer. The VTP is the only program of its kind: it offers a comprehensive, culturally sensitive and well-received approach to diabetes education, cultural awareness, lifestyle training, youth empowerment and leadership. This is coupled with the volunteer’s commitment to AYUDA’s mission, core values, goals and objectives. Each volunteer also raises funds to offset program expenses and to assist in defraying the costs of training, travel and program expenses in the host country.
Volunteer Training Program e-Course (Online: February 2016 - August 2016) Online training enables AYUDA to better prepare volunteers for their experiences abroad and enhance long-term sustainability at the local level. Since AYUDA’s volunteers live, work and study across much of the US and other parts of the world, it is logical to provide an online training platform. The e-course not only allows AYUDA to engage volunteers immediately after their acceptance but also supports them in creating a comprehensive fundraising strategy. Volunteers are able to connect and bond with fellow volunteers as they share ideas and learn about the realities of living with diabetes in the communities they will be serving.
The course includes:
A mix of website and social media platforms to enable volunteers to connect with one another and prepare volunteer for their experience abroad
Bi-weekly online group training sessions/conference calls
Practical training/preparation (ie. how to set up an online fundraising page etc).
Support/coordination for in-person training programs in Washington DC and in-country
E-Training focuses on 5 AYUDA focus areas and core values: 1. AYUDA Background & Principles 2. Fundraising & Social Entrepreneurship 3. Cultural Training & Country Program 4. Living with Diabetes 5. Team Building & Mentorship
back to top Volunteer Training Program Summit (March 11th -13th, 2016, Washington DC) This weekend training session in Washington DC offers the opportunity to unite all 2016 volunteers, volunteer project leaders, AYUDA staff, representatives from local partner organizations, and other AYUDA stakeholders and facilitators. The program includes group social activities, skill and team building activities, as well as didactic presentations from AYUDA local partners and experts in diabetes, youth leadership, social entrepreneurship.
During this Summit volunteer lodging, food, and group activities arranged and provided by AYUDA.
AYUDA supports local projects that focus on youth empowerment as defined by AYUDA’s empowerment model. Once abroad, AYUDA volunteers undergo a cultural training program that is run in conjunction with local partner organization AAV. The AYUDA volunteer team works with AAV leaders, local medical students and rising youth leaders to foster leadership, team building, and prepare for the subsequent outreach and diabetes education workshops and/or camp programs. Emphasis is placed on sustainability and empowering local youth to replicate the activities throughout the year.
Sample Campo Amigo Volunteer Program Itinerary (subject to change)
Saturday June 18 - Monday June 20: Welcome, cultural orientation, and training
Tuesday June 21- Saturday June 25: Community outreach, children’s hospital visit, pre-camp preparations and retreat
Sunday June 26: Dia De La Familia Diabetes Camp
Monday June 27: Free day
Tuesday June 28 - Friday July 1: Outreach trips and camp preparation
Saturday July 2 - Sunday July 3: Campo Amigo Dominicano
Monday July 4: Free day
Tuesday July 5: Post-program wrap up and evaluation
Wednesday July 6: Departure
There are 5 components to the In-Country Program:
1. Cultural Training Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Volunteers stay together in a local hotel (NB homestays are not currently available for this program)
Volunteers receive supplemental Health & Wellness training and Safety & Security training upon arrival
Volunteer gain understanding of local customs, tradition etc.
Volunteers learn about and understand reality of diabetes in Dominican Republic
Volunteers participate in AYUDA/AAV group and leadership activities
Volunteers begin outreach training to prepare for home visits and/or community workshops in underprivileged neighborhoods around Santo Domingo where many of AAV-supported children with diabetes and their families live
Volunteers prepare for implementation of AAV outreach & education strategy according to volunteer skillsets
Volunteers work with AAV staff, medical students, local youth leaders and their families *Volunteer accommodations, some meals, and group activities provided/sponsored by AYUDA & AAV
2. Community Outreach Projects
Volunteers are divided up into teams with other youth leaders and staff to run multiple workshops and/or other activities in local communities: keys goals are to: Inform, educate, motivate & lead participants
Volunteers take part in selected home visits to increase the integration of families into the local diabetes community
Additional activities planned dependent on specific needs of each community
A goal of outreach is to motive AAV youth with diabetes to be leaders for other youth
A goal of outreach is to motviate parents to be leaders/educators for their communities
3. Pre-camp training and Campo Amigo Dominicano Preparation
AAV and AYUDA staff and volunteers prepare for Campo Amigo Dominicano
Volunteers review local partner objectives and outcomes for activities
Volunteers review protocols, preform team building activities, prepare activites with local leaders and divide roles
4. Campo Amigo Dominicano Projects
Volunteers, youth leaders and medical staff take - Diabetes education programs (target populations: newly diagnosed children, most at-risk children and their parents)
Youth Leadership workshops (target populations: rising young leaders from AAV, medical students, some family members)
5. Wrap Up Session: Santo Domingo
Wrap up sessions, initial AYUDA and AAV evaluations