Enjoy the vibrant culture of the Dominican Republic while creating a sports league!
Soak up the sun in the Dominican Republic as you work with local youth to put leadership in motion and start a sports league in your community. After building your team, travel together to tournaments and workshops to compete against other teams in the region. Meanwhile, spend your time in community immersing yourself in the lively culture of the Dominican Republic, enjoying arroz con habichuelas (a local dish made with rice and beans), and learning to play dominoes with your new friends.

About the Region

Climate

Hot and humid

Slang

guagua = bus

¿qué lo qué? = what’s up?

Food

la bandera – a typical Dominican meal with rice, beans, and salad

tostones – flattened, fried plantains

Project Features

AMIGOS volunteers increase their language ability through immersion that goes beyond what can be achieved in a classroom. They improve their fluency, learn local slang, and increase their confidence with real-world practice.
Living with a host family is central to the AMIGOS experience. All host families volunteer to open their homes to young people from another culture. volunteers and host families build long-lasting relationships and often stay in touch after the project has closed.
While in country, AMIGOS volunteers work on a community-led service project. Every service project is unique, but each channels young people's ideas to create positive change.
The opportunity for independence and self direction makes AMIGOS unique. Volunteers shape their time in country according to their passions. the possibilities are endless - what each volunteer takes out of their experience is up to them!
Every Amigo is mentored by a member of our project leadership team through regular check-ins and personalized feedback. This allows volunteers to experience the independence that sets our programs apart, with the support of a passionate facilitator.
Volunteers build their leadership and community development skills through hands-on training. Not only is AMIGOS training fun and engaging, it gives volunteers the necessary tools for success in the field and beyond.
  • National Chapter
  • Length
    4 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Group Pre-Departure Training
    A: June 1–5
    B: July 5–9
  • In-Country Dates
    A: June 5–July 2
    B: July 9–August 6
  • Ages
    15–22
  • Price
    $6,350 (includes international airfare)
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There were 8 people living in the house I stayed in. This was technically my “host family,” but in reality, the entire community acted together to make me feel safe, secure, and loved. After my first week of staying in Maguana I stopped feeling like I was being hosted and started to acknowledge the fact that the people I was interacting with had accepted me into their community with the intentions of making me part of their families. As the summer went on I started to feel like I never wanted to go back home.
Ernesto, Dominican Republic Project Volunteer
Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 15–22 on the project start date
  • Have two years of Spanish study or the equivalent

SAN JUAN Project EXAMPLE Itinerary

*This is an example itinerary based on last year’s project. Dates may be subject to change.

June 5 – Volunteers from session A arrive. Project staff members pick them up at the airport and the group travels together to San Juan.

June 6–8 – Briefing. Project staff leads all volunteers in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the San Juan Project.

June 9 – Project staff members travel with volunteers to their host communities.

June 11–17 – First week in community and prep for the soccer tournament!

June 18–22 – Second week in community and prep for soccer tournament

June 23 – Soccer tournament

June 24–29 – Third week in community and prep for the volleyball tournament

June 30 – Volleyball tournament. The despedida (goodbye party) will also be held. Volunteers will leave their host communities for debriefing.

July 1–2 – Debriefing. Volunteers have a chance to reflect on their experience and go on fun group excursions!

July 2 – Session A volunteers fly home.

July 9 – Volunteers from session B arrive. Project staff members pick them up at the airport and the group travels together to San Juan.

July 10–12 – Briefing. Project staff leads all volunteers in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the San Juan Project.

July 13 – Project staff members travel with volunteers to their host communities.

July 14–20 – First week in community and prep for the baseball tournament!

July 21–25 – Second week in community and prep for baseball tournament

July 26 – Baseball tournament

July 27–August 2 – Third week in community and prep for the dance performance

August 3 – Dance performance. The despedida (goodbye party) will also be held. Volunteers will leave their host communities for debriefing.

August 4–5 – Debriefing. Volunteers have a chance to reflect on their experience and go on fun group excursions!

August 6 – Session B volunteers fly home.