I love DREAM because they taught me to respect others, to read, to write and to finish schoolwork. The children do not hit each other and know how to converse. I like to be in DREAM more than in the other school because here my teachers hug me and teach me so much. I have also learned about computers and not to make a lot of noise in the computer room.
I like DREAM because in DREAM I have learned about numbers, to read and to write. Now I know how to use the computer and to write with it also. I like DREAM more than the public school because the children respect my things.
– Otoniel, Father of Oralvis
I would love it if everyone realized how incredibly important this free education program is that DREAM offers. It has been a very important experience and I am grateful to DREAM for giving me the opportunity to provide education to our children.
– Maria, Mother of Carlos
DREAM means a lot to me because they are concerned about education within the community and DREAM helps the children have a better way of life in the future.
The Montessori Program is an adequate way for my son to learn and develop in society. I would like for everyone to know that DREAM is a great family Project and has been an incredible experience for us. I am a beneficiary of the Project and can say they truly reach their objectives.
For me, A Ganar was a great experience. I can see how it changed my life, my self esteem, my development, my abilities… and I realize how much I am worth. It was spectacular because through all this my attitude improved. I know what I want. I can identify and fight for it!
A Ganar helped me so much because I am really shy, I was even scared to give my resume to a business! I got my job through the program. It helped me to overcome many things. I learned to work in a team, I learned how to use computers and how to make new friends!
I like DREAM because I am learning to read and learning more and more about literacy. I also like that we play sports and can go to the park. I like the teachers because they treat me well and respect everyone!
I like to come to DREAM because they teach me things I don’t know yet, like computers, English and math. I like the classes because there are fewer kids. My favorite class is computers because I can look up homework and use Microsoft Word.
I like to come to DREAM to learn. Also, we go on trips and have a lot of fun. I am learning to play the guitar too and I like that a lot. I like all the classes, but my favorite is math. One day, I would like to go to the University and be a lawyer.
I liked learning a new language, how to use a computer, how to interview, public speaking, sports and a bit of disipline too. I am different now. I improved my Spanish and I didn’t note any racism within our group. It wasn’t like the Dominicans were on one side and the Haitians on the other: we were a united group. Now, I know how to look for a job.
A Ganar revolutionized my life in terms of the way I envision sports and my professional development. The things that seemed obvious had a profound significance. I applied what I learned in different aspects of my life. I learned to speak in public, to relate to people. I think I was very lucky to be part of the A Ganar group because it opened doors for me. Now I am not afraid of new people and I have work experience. I was very shy and this program helped me a lot. Also, I couldn’t read books and DREAM helped me develop my reading!
The first time I came to DREAM, I said I would volunteer for 4 months. I stayed the entire school year. The second time, I said I was stopping by while on my 2-week vacation then changed my flight and volunteered for 2 months! What’s the allure? Visiting an orphanage for mentally and physically challenged children during a DREAM service project, and finding a uncharted place in your heart that says every time you step foot on this island you will go back to that orphanage and ask Hermana Mercedes, a benevolent nun who single-handedly runs the orphanage, what can you do to help. DREAM facilitates these unexpected encounters, not because they are listed on an itinerary, but because every single organism in the Project moves in the same direction—a unified motion toward the progress of education, cultural awareness, and social responsibility.
As a new DREAM volunteer, I have been welcomed into one of the communities that the DREAM Project serves. DREAM is a flexible space for me to grow and pursue my passion to serve youth and their families. Specifically, I have the opportunity to collaborate with passionate co-workers through trainings on classroom instructions and discussions on performance management of the organization itself.
- Victor Flores
The changes we have seen in our little Sebastian are remarkable and special. From the start of classes, we have seen him be able to interact with peers, create a working community, increase his understanding in communication, shapes, and his love for reading and pronunciation. In addition to the activities which are promoted in the classroom environment, there are elements that have enriched his development.
- Juan Guivin, Music Program Coordinator and father
DREAM has been an unrivaled opportunity to continue to advance my understanding of public health education and community-based development work. Joining the Deportes para la Vida team has allowed me to learn effective strategies for engaging youth to teach the fundamentals of prevention and sexual education while they simultaneously have fun with their peers. The support from the DPV team along with the guidance and professional development from our Volunteer Coordinator, Becky, have continued to cultivate my skill set and understanding of this beautiful country.
DREAM is an excellent place to volunteer because the organization is committed to giving volunteers real responsibility and actively supporting their professional development. DREAM’s Volunteer Coordinator organizes professional development days and ensures volunteers get as much as possible out of their placements, and also helps volunteers integrate in the community. Volunteers are seen as central to the organization’s work and are a part of the DREAM family.
Volunteering at DREAM has been an amazing experience that has allowed me to broaden my horizons in terms of the education field. I have been empowered to take on tasks that I previously have not had the opportunity to do and I feel appreciative to DREAM for this. All the coordinators and directors are extremely dedicated and it’s contagious. I am looking forward to continuing my journey being part of the DREAM team and meeting the needs that have to be met, both in the organization and the Cabarete community.