Ganémosle Volunteer Program - Santo Domingo
2016 will mark the fifth year AYUDA supports its Dominican Republic partners Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV) in their national diabetes prevention and exercise campaign “Ganémosle la Carrera a la diabetes” (Let’s beat diabetes campaign!) and fitness event. The event includes a 10K run, a 5k Run/Walk and a mini-camp for youth living with type 1 diabetes. Click here to see the 2015 video.
In a country where an estimated 70% of the population do not exercise and with an increasing prevalence of diabetes, obesity and other non-communicable diseases, there has been a demand for larger scale events that reach even more members of the general public. Ganémosle helps to fill that need.
This coming summer, volunteers will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on a national grassroots public awareness campaign and fitness event to be held in the nation’s capital, Santo Domingo. We are seeking volunteers who are passionate about being part of a grassroots diabetes exercise movement abroad, and in doing so changing the way the public views diabetes. To skip to the program details, click here. Below you can see the opportunities available to volunteers for this program.
Volunteer Opportunities at Ganémosle
-Intermediate to high level of Spanish preferred
-Interest in working with the general public focusing on diabetes advocacy and awareness issues (in Spanish)
-Young leaders with/without diabetes
We are seeking up to fifteen youth with or without diabetes (16 years +) who are passionate about supporting our mission of youth empowerment within the context of diabetes education and support. Qualified volunteers may be asked to help lead local diabetes education and youth leadership activities for youth with diabetes in Dominican Republic, and coordinate events prior to and during the race which will focus on Diabetes Awareness, Prevention, Diabetes Education and Fundraising for Aprendiendo a Vivir during the race preparations, the Expo and Race Day itself. Activities with parents of children and youth may also be scheduled.
-Sports & nutrition
We are seeking up to ten volunteers with experience or a strong interest in diabetes education, nutrition/diet/health and fitness and exercise. This opportunity will enable qualified volunteers to support an international public awareness campaign and run/walk within this context. Volunteers may be involved in providing technical support/training prior to and during the event and/or educating local young leaders with diabetes about how to manage diabetes and exercise.
-Media & communications
We are seeking up to five volunteers with experience or a strong interest in the field of media and communications (including journalism, social media, film-making and production, public relations/marketing, photography) and how it applies to public health and health advocacy. This is an opportunity for hands-on learning within the context of a global health grassroots diabetes advocacy campaign abroad. For optimal involvement in media opportunities surrounding the event, a high level of Spanish proficiency is strongly recommended as there may be additional opportunities to be involved with local radio and TV initiatives. Those living with diabetes are strongly recommended to apply.
Other volunteer opportunities may be available for medical professionals and other individuals. Please enquire.
- February 2016 - E-course begins
- March 11th - 13th 2016 - Volunteer Training Summit in Washington, DC
- May 28th 2016 Pre-program fundraising due date ($4,300)
- June 4th - June 13th 2016- In-country Program
- September 1st 2016 - Post-program fundraising due date ($550)
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
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
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 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
During this Summit volunteer lodging, food, and group activities arranged and provided by AYUDA.
1. Intro to the DR 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 learn about and understand reality of diabetes in Dominican Republic
2. Diabetes Education Activities
- Volunteers work closely with rising local leaders with Type 1 diabetes from AAV, children with Type 1 and their parents and/or adults with Type 2 diabetes to lead diabetes education and team building activities during the Expo and Race Day events
3. Ganémosle training, preparation & media tour
- AYUDA volunteers will work closely with AAV staff, volunteers and young leaders along with a major support team on the ground in Santo Domingo, to prepare for Ganemosle
- Volunteers with a high level of Spanish may be asked to participate in a media campaign including radio and TV slots, news interviews and/or public awareness raising activities
-Volunteers will lead and/or support local sports events to promote Ganémosle
-Volunteers will be heavily involved in the national social media push for Ganémosle
4. Ganemosle Events – Diabetes Expo, 10k, 5k & Zumbathon
- Volunteers actively participate in the event (either 10k, the 5k or the Zumbathon) (T-shirt & entry included)
-Volunteers participate actively together with AAV Staff and other Volunteers in the day of the EXPO delivering T-shirts, Bibs and race kits to all the runners enrolled.
-During the Expo volunteers will be given the opportunity to serve as role models and leaders in diabetes within the community (providing information, support and guidance for the general public)
- During the events volunteers work with AAV supporters & Ganemosle team to ensure success of event (including manning the AAV/AYUDA tent, preparing materials for the public etc).
- Volunteers work closely with young leaders from AAV and other sponsors prior to and during the event to provide diabetes education sessions and support a small children’s activity program for kids with and without diabetes attending the event
-Volunteers will be involved organizing and implementing a Kids Race for all children who attend the race (with and without diabetes)
-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 2017 programs