En El Camino - Multiple Locations, DR
After a successful pilot program in the summer of 2016, AYUDA is pleased to announce the second 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.
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
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
AYUDA invests significant resources in its volunteers. In return, volunteers invest valuable resources in AYUDA that ensure quality programs and strategic goals.
Volunteer Training Program e-Course (Online: February 2017 - August 2017)
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 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:
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
During this Summit volunteer lodging, food, and group activities arranged and provided by AYUDA.back to top
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)