Campo Amigo Dominicano - Santo Domingo

July 7th to July 25th, 2018 (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.

DR Program Menu
Program Timeline
Fundraising Requirements
Local Partner Organization
Local Project Objectives
Program Description: Pre- Program
Volunteer Program Description: In-Country
Volunteer Program Description: Post-Program
Volunteer Requirements and Expectations
Video from 2012
Download the Campo Amigo Dominican Program Description

2018 Program Timeline
  • August 2017 - New Volunteer Application Process Opens Online
  • October 22nd, 2017 - Early Application Deadline (Notification by November 1st)
  •  February 11th, 2018 - 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 18th, 2018 - First Notification for Program 2018 Acceptance
  • February 28th, 2018 - E-course begins
  • March 9th - 11th, 2018 - Volunteer Training Summit in Washington, DC 
  • July 1st, 2018 - Pre-Program Fundraising Deadline ($6,400)
  • July 7th-July 25th, 2018 - Campo Amigo – In-country Program
  • September 1st, 2018 - Post-Program Fundraising Deadline ($100)

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Fundraising Total for Program
$6,500, plus flight costs (for Washington DC and the DR). $6,400 is due on July 1st, 2018 and $100 is due on September 1st, 2018. 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 participate in both 2018 program offerings (dual-program participation). Qualified volunteers selected to participate in both programs (Campo Amigo Dominicano & En El Camino) will have reduced fundraising commitment of $1,000 less than the combined total.

For more detail explanation of this - please see Volunteer Requirements and Expectations
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Local Partner Organization

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: 

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Local Project Objectives

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

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Volunteer Program Description

Pre-Program Training

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 2018 - August 2018)
Online training enables AYUDA to better prepare volunteers for their exp
eriences 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 to support 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 (i.e., 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

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Volunteer Training Program Summit (March 9th -11th, 2018, Washington DC)
This weekend training session in Washington DC offers the opportunity to unite all 2018 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.

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In-Country Program Description

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 July 7 - Monday July 9: Welcome, cultural orientation, and training
  • Tuesday July 10- Saturday July 14: Community outreach, children’s hospital visit, pre-camp preparations and retreat
  • Sunday July 15: Día De La Familia Diabetes Camp
  • Monday July 16: Free day
  • Tuesday July 17 - Friday July 20: Outreach trips and camp preparation
  • Saturday July 21 - Sunday July 22: Campo Amigo Dominicano
  • Monday July 23: Free day
  • Tuesday July 24: Post-program wrap up and evaluation
  • Wednesday July 25: 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
  • Volunteers gain understanding of local customs, traditions, 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. Key goals are to: inform, educate, & motivate 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 motivate AAV youth with diabetes to be leaders for other youth
  • A goal of outreach is to motivate 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 plan and lead:
    • 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
  • Next steps: Becoming AYUDA Alumni

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Post Program 

  • AYUDA volunteers return to their respective communities and continue to serve as agents of social change
  • E-course wrap-up sessions and feedback
  • Volunteers become part of a broader network of AYUDA volunteers and self-select to participate in additional US-based AYUDA activities
  • Volunteers apply and are selected to become Volunteer Mentors for 2018 programs 
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 Camp Video from 2012