Ganémosle  Volunteer Program - Santo Domingo 

June 4th -June 13th, 2016

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.


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 Ganemosle 2015
Download the Ganemosle Program Description


2016 Program Timeline 

  • August 2015 - New Volunteer Application Process Opens Online
  • October 25th, 2015 - Early Application Deadline
  • 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
  • February 2016 - E-course Begins
  • March 11th - 13th 2016 - Volunteer Training Summit in Washington, DC
  • May 28th, 2016 - First Fundraising Deadline ($4,750)
  • June 4th - June 13th 2016 - In-country Program
  • September 1st 2016 - Final Fundraising Deadline ($100)


Fundraising Total for Program
$4,850, plus flight costs (for Washington DC and the DR) $4,750 of the fundraising commitment is due on May 28, 2016 and $100 is due on September 1, 2016. Once volunteers have reached their 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).

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 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 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 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

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.

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In-Country Program Description

Sample Ganémosle Volunteer Program Itinerary (subject to change)

  • Saturday June 4th: Welcome, cultural orientation, and training
  • Sunday June 5th: In country cultural training, welcome dinner
  • Monday June 6th: Free morning, afternoon local university student outreach effort
  • Tuesday June 7th: Local walk/run, children’s hospital and foundation visit, local gym outreach effort
  • Wednesday June 8th: Local walk/run, registration, afternoon student outreach efforts
  • Thursday June 9th: Local walk/run, preparation for expo, afternoon student outreach efforts, evening group activiy
  • Friday June 10th: Local walk/run, all day expo
  • Saturday June 11th: Ganémosle 5k/10k race
  • Sunday June 12th: Post-program wrap up and evaluation
  • Monday June 13th: Departure



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)
5. Post-project wrap-up meeting & Alumni discussion

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 2017 programs 

2015 Ganemosle Video