Improving social capital through community-based trainings and shared learning experiences is essential to achieving social change around the world. Where governments cannot find solutions on a macro level, building from the ground up to offer micro solutions can be highly effective in solving international social issues.
The Good Samaritan Inc is part of a network of inter-American service organizations that are putting into practice sustainable development solutions designed to help communities address poverty, education, and public health deficiencies in the Dominican Republic. The Good Samaritan Inc is a non-profit organization that has offered community-based learning experiences to impoverished children and adults in the Dominican Republic since 1978. Programs for 2012-2013 include literacy and language courses, as well as community arts, ministry, and sports programs that presently serve over 200 children. Adult programs include vocational training in electrician, plumbing, and nursing for over 100 men and women.
For over 2,000 international visitors, The Good Samaritan Inc has served as a bridge that links international learning experiences to improved social outcomes for impoverished Dominican communities. Traditionally, international volunteers serve as short-term English language tutors, literacy tutors, sports program coordinators, vocational teachers’ aides, or ministry assistants. Meanwhile, these volunteers are immersed in a Spanish-language environment and are able to experiment with programmatic strategies that promote language, international development, education, and service provision. With extensive pre-trip education and planning, The Good Samaritan Inc encourages volunteers to think critically about their trip experiences and how they fit into the greater picture of international sustainable development.
It is the heartfelt contributions of committed individuals that allow international organizations to go beyond providing a service to actually making a difference in world affairs. The success of The Good Samaritan Inc in attracting international volunteers and cultivating lifelong leaders is truly exceptional and offers a fruitful foundation for volunteers looking to participate in short-term international experiences that yield long-term results across the Americas.
Summer Internship Description:
Collaborate with Dominican staff and other international volunteers to teach English, literacy, sports education, or vocational skills to impoverished youth and adults in the Dominican Republic.
We are a legally incorporated non-profit organization and can help supervise academic credits for interns as is needed.
3 days per week, 8 hours per day.
All food, travel, and personal expenses must be covered by intern.
Comfortable and safe housing on institutional grounds is available for a monthly donation of $150 per month. A bedroom and access to a communal bathroom will be provided. Your monthly donation is used to finance summer programs and maintain facilities for volunteers.
A heart for service.
Independence and innovation.
Flexibility and dedication.
A willingness to experience third-world living conditions with a smile.
Basic command of the Spanish language or a willingness to learn quickly.
A high school degree and work experience OR an Associate’s Degree from a US learning institution.
Three references from teachers or employers.
Past experience with service provision in Latin America is a plus.
TOEFL or ESL Certification is of great help.
SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR ILEANA ABREU AT:
Positions available on a rolling basis year-round!