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  • Locations: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WashU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

The DREAM Project


Address: Plaza Novus Mare, Local 11 Segundo Piso, Carretera Cabarete Entrada de La Callejon de la Loma Cabarete, Puerto Plata


Sector of Work: Education; Community Development

Region/Country: Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Mission: All children and youth in the Dominican Republic will have equal opportunities to learn and realize their full potential through transformative education programs that combat the effects of poverty. We believe that learning changes lives. Our programs extend from early childhood through young adulthood, empowering at-risk children and youth to create a better future for themselves and their families through high quality education, youth development, and community enrichment. We ensure successful results through careful analysis, a commitment to learning, and continuous improvement. Our innovative approach effectively addresses local needs and can be replicated throughout high poverty global communities.

Description: DREAM has grown from one location to now helping more than 7,500 children, youth and young adults receive a better education through its 14 programs in 27 different communities. DREAM’s programs focus on early childhood education, high quality primary education, and holistic youth development. These programs consist of neo-natal education, preschools, after school supplemental and remedial education, at-risk youth programs, summer schools and camps, fixed and mobile libraries, computer labs, age-appropriate free books for thousands of children, vocational training and much more. We work closely with community members and public school staff to assess local needs, establish quality education programs that address those needs, and provide continuous support to schools, teachers and community members to ensure success over the long-term. This is what sets us apart from other organizations.

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Language Requirement: English, Spanish is a plus

Preferred Knowledge and Background: Community Development, Early Childhood Education

Possible Projects:  Monitoring and Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Teacher Training, Evaluation and Assessment, Fundraising, Strategic Planning

Projects of Past Practicum Students:
1. Socio-emotional learning and training with students and adults working with you
2. Professional development workshops
3. Performing a SWOT analysis 
4. Providing psycho-education on common behaviors and mental health challenges
5. Teaching a strengths-based perspective in an academic/school setting

Past Skill Development of Practicum Students:
1. Language skills (Spanish)
2. Crisis management
3. Interdisciplinary collaboration
4. Advocacy on behalf of children and parents
5. Effective strategies for elementary-aged children
6. Play therapy
7. Working in a fast-paced environment

Cost: The DREAM Project provides lodging and in-country transportation each day (to and from the site), though some walking will be required. All volunteers stay in the same hotel in Cabarete. Students are required to purchase purchase WUSTL travel insurance for the duration of their practicum for $40/month. Lunch is provided by the DREAM Project. 

Travel Immunizations or preventative medication is recommended and may be required for your program participation. Students are responsible for covering all associated costs. Please refer to the CDC for more information. 

Brown School Contact: Global Programs Office
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