How to Get Free Room and Board
Free room and board may seem too good to be true, but it's not. Not only do volunteers receive free room and board, but they can also take advantage of several other benefits. Choose to be a member today and receveive all of the following:
A) Round-trip transportation between Santo Domingo Airport and the Guanin
Community Center in la Piedra
Organize your own group of volunteers and come at your own convenience:
Description of the Guanin Community Center
Centro Cultural Guanin, Inc. is a Dominican non-profit charitable organization incorporated through Decree No. 384-02 in the Dominican Republic and also incorporated in the USA with the 501(c)3.
La Piedra is a Dominican/Haitian community with a total population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants, but we directly serve approximately 1,300 inhabitants. Around 60% of the people earn less than US$3 per day due to lack of employment and one in three earn less than US$2 per day if they are lucky enough to earn anything.
They survive by raising animals, principally chickens; growing some food for local consumption, such as yucca and other vegetables; and by doing occasional odd jobs. Only 10% of the residents have access to electricity, and there are no telephone lines, Internet, normal transportation, health services, or other types of technology available. As a volunteer, you would have the opportunity to meet real Domincan people and to improve your Spanish.
Location of the Guanin Community Center
The Guanin Community Center is located in the community of la Piedra in the Municipality of Guerra, Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic, an hour and a half to the east of the National District and half an hour north of the Las Americas Airport.
Type of Work
Volunteers will work 3-5 hours each day, depending on the type of project, for 5 days each week. During the weekend, volunteers can participate in adventure trips to Jarabaca, Puerto Plata, Sosua, Samana and las Terrenas, or to the East Coast. Experience working with kids is not required, but if you have experience, you will be a wonderful asset to our community. This is a great way to learn about Dominican history and its people!
Spanish, French, Creole and English
In 2013, Juniata College students from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania constructed a house that can accommodate 4 people. The University of Connecticut has also sponsored the construction of an additional building which will be able to accommodate additional volunteers. The houses do not have hot water, Internet connection, or phone lines; however, WiFi is available in the school room at the Center. The houses are very well maintained and safe, and the staff and neighborhood are very friendly.
We can help you arrange an apartment with other volunteers, a home stay with a Dominican family, small hostels, or hotels. When you are applying for a project, you will have the opportunity to discuss accommodations with us.
Anticipated Budget for Volunteering at the Guanin Community Center
Home stay cost per week with 2 meals included: US $174.00
We recommend that you fly from JFK in NYC to Santo Domingo (Jetblue Airlines is usually the best bargain).