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The Hogar Escuela Santo Domingo Savio is an educational center that provides education and training to children from dysfunctional families in extreme poverty and high-risk situations. It is run by the Salesian Congregation, a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in the late nineteenth century by Saint John Bosco to help poor children in vulnerable situations.
It is an educational institution that promotes and encourages quality education. Their mission is to be a home that welcomes, a school that educates and a church that evangelizes. They want to supply children and teens from extreme poverty with a complete education so that they can become good and honest adults.
The different services they offer are a residential area for homeless kids, primary school, high school, technical school, after school activities (sport. Music etc.) and religious activities.

Depending on what type of work the volunteer is interested in, he/she can work in the orphanage with young children, teaching in the primary school, assisting in the sports programs, music program etc.
There is always a lot to do in the institution, the volunteer should to be able to do various tasks that the staff asks for, but also propose his/her own initiatives.

Volunteers will work with direct supervision from a staff member; this person will be directing, guiding and reviewing all work regularly. The participant will take part in an arrival orientation, a mid-stay orientation and an end of stay camp. In these camps, important subjects will be discussed, such as the participant’s relationship with the host family, project and cultural difficulties they might be experiencing.

Program Details

  • Program Type
    • Teaching
    • Volunteering
  • Location
  • Program for an individual or for a group
  • Program highlights
    • Learn Spanish and get to know the Dominican culture while staying in a local host family.
    • Acquire new personal and practical skills to help you in your future job life.
    • Support children from marginalized families and teach them what you're good at.
    • Enjoy the beauty of the Dominican Republic while making intercultural experiences.

What's included in your experience

  • Host Family Placement
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Global Competence Certificate
  • Continuous Support
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Domestic Transport
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Community Service Placement
  • Language Instruction

What you are responsible for

  • Airfare
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Field Trips