En El Camino -  Multiple Locations, DR

June 9th - June 23rd, 2018 (subject to slight change)

AYUDA is pleased to announce the third year of the En El Camino program! This program is aimed at those who want to combine diabetes outreach with a love of travel and exploration. Come "on the road" with AYUDA and Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV) and get to know the Dominican Republic while making a difference in the diabetes community. Since our hallmark program, Campo Amigo Dominicano is based in Santo Domingo, it cannot serve everybody around the country. During the En El Camino program, AYUDA volunteers work closely with the AAV team to take the educational and empowerment experience of camp on the road to other provinces in the Dominican Republic. Volunteers will travel with local Dominican youth leaders, representatives of AAV, and AYUDA staff members to the following provinces/cities in the Dominican Republic to run day-long educational outreach and local capacity-building programs: San Cristóbal, Baní, La Vega, San José de Ocoa, and San Pedro de Macorís. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn from people with people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and help provide them with the tools that motivate them to live happier, healthier lives.

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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
Download the En El Camino 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 25th, 2018 - E-course begins
  • March 9th - 11th, 2018 - Volunteer Training Summit in Washington, DC
  • June 1st, 2018 - Pre-Program Fundraising Deadline ($5,650)
  • June 9th - June 23rd, 2018 - In-country Program
  • September 1st, 2018 - Last Fundraising Deadline ($100)

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Fundraising Total for Program
$5,750, plus flight costs (for Washington DC and the DR). $5,650 of the fundraising commitment is due on June 1st, 2018 and $100 is due September 1st, 2018. Please note, Once volunteers have reached their $5,750 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 both 2018 programs (dual-program). Qualified volunteers selected to participate in both programs (Campo Amigo Dominicano & En El Camino) will have a 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: www.ganemosle.com 

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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) Motivate parents and young people into understanding that type 1 diabetes is a manageable condition.
3) Improve diabetes knowledge, beginning with the themes of leadership and self-esteem.
4) Strengthen local capacity building initiatives of AAV outside of Santo Domingo and throughout the Dominican Republic.

Volunteer Program Description

Pre-Program Training

outreach1AYUDA 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, and social entrepreneurship.

During this Summit volunteer lodging, food, and group activities arranged and provided by AYUDA.

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In-Country Program Description

ashlee2015 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.

During this program, volunteers will engage in outreach within the diabetes communities of the provinces/cities of San Cristóbal, Baní, La Vega, San José de Ocoa, and San Pedro de Macorís.



Sample En El Camino Volunteer Program Itinerary (subject to change)

  • Saturday June 9 - Monday June 11: Welcome, cultural orientation and training
  • Tuesday June 12 - Wednesday June 13: Visit to Santo Domingo children’s hospital & planning for outreach workshops
  • Thursday June 14: Baní outreach trip
  • Fridy June 15: San Pedro de Macorís outreach trip
  • Saturday June 16: San Cristóbal outreach trip
  • Sunday June 17: Free Day
  • Monday June 18: Outreach debriefing & revisions to workshop activities
  • Tuesday June 19: Visit to AAV Foundation & cultural excursion
  • Wednesday June 20: La Vega outreach trip
  • Thursday June 21: San José de Ocoa outreach trip
  • Friday June 23: Post-program evaluation & wrap up
  • Saturday June 24: Volunteers Depart

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 2019 programs 
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