The DREAM Guzmán Ariza Summer School & Camp
Locations: The Doña Flora and Benjamin Rabinovitch Education Center, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Number of children participating: 160 students ages 8-14
DREAM Staff: 65 Local and International Volunteers, 10 Dominican teachers, and DREAM Directors and Support Staff
Important Donors: Guzmán Ariza & Associates and all of our 4-week volunteers
The DREAM Guzmán Ariza Summer School & Camp is a 4-week educational summer program for at-risk youth, and a Teacher Training Program. The day camp gives children the chance to go on field trips outside their local community and provides the educational support needed to reverse the trend of increasing dropout rates and risky behavior. The program offers core subjects such as reading, writing, English and math, all intertwined with more traditional camp-related activities like swimming, art, sports, music and dance. We also offer sexual awareness and health programming through the help of trained counselors from Deportes para la Vida. International volunteers, including students from Santo Domingo, support the camp through service learning as counselors in the camp. In addition, these volunteers provide much needed materials and monetary support. International experts in literacy and math donate their summer vacations to work closely with the local Dominican public school teachers in a Teacher Training Program. Sixteen local teachers are trained in student-centered strategies in reading, writing and math that they take back to the public schools at the end of the summer.
The DREAM La Ciénaga Camp
Locations: Salome Urena Public School, La Ciénaga, Dominican Republic
Number of children participating: 130 youth aged 9-14
DREAM Staff: 40 including DREAM Camp Directors, Dominican Teachers, and Local and International Volunteers
Important Donors: In need of sponsorship
The La Ciénaga Summer School and Camp is a full-day camp modeled off of the Guzmán Ariza program. There are 130 students from Salome Ureña Public School who receive reading, writing, social studies, DPV, sports and swimming class, in addition to educational field trips. The full-day camp offers the opportunity for students to grow their academic and life skills and carry them through to their year-long school program. The Teacher Training Program is also a critical component to this program, which trains local teachers.
The DREAM Abreu Camp
Locations: Abreu Public School, Abreu, Dominican Republic
Number of children participating: 45 youth aged 9-12
DREAM Staff: 1 Peace Corps Volunteer, 1 DPV Facilitator, and local volunteers
Important Donors: In need of sponsor
The Abreu Camp is an extension of our Young Stars Library Program in the Máximo Acosta Public School. This program was launched in 2011 by DREAM’s Peace Corps Volunteer, who inaugurated this ½ day camp. Forty-five students enjoy a 3-week Summer Camp Program with Deportes para la Vida, art and reading classes. Educational field trips include Centro Leon in Santiago and Museo de Casa Mirabal in Salcedo.
International Student Volunteers Camp
Locations: Caraballo Public School, Caraballo Dominican Republic
Number of children participating: 80 youth ages 7-13
DREAM Staff: 40 including DREAM staff, teachers, local and international volunteers
Important Donors: International Student Volunteers
DREAM is pleased to collaborate with ISV to operate the first ever summer camp in the community of Caraballo. The volunteers will do much needed construction improvements on the DREAM school site and facilitate a half-day camp for the elementary students of Caraballo. Eighty students receive a 4-week program that will highlight a relevant health curriculum.