Purposefully designed to resemble a small town, Casa Santa Ana is situated in the middle of two extremes; poor migrant sugar cane farmer settlements (bateys) and professional US baseball leagues. The backdrop of the bateys has enabled our family to truly serve the most vulnerable population, undocumented Haitian workers and their families who are smuggled through the border. Beginning in January 2003, the home began with seven children in a rented house in the town of San Pedro de Macoris. Today there are now over 200 children living in 12 family-style homes on our own property.
NPH Dominican Republic has had long-term volunteers integrated in the daily life of the home since we opened our doors. Volunteers have been an important part of the homes growth and also of our children’s growth and although the program has developed greatly over the past decade. Our volunteers are an irreplaceable part of our family and we are seeking motivated, creative and caring individuals to come work with us and join our family.
We can have up to 15 volunteers at a time. We accept volunteers in January and July, and ask them to work at the home for a period of 13 months. These volunteers should be at least 21-years-old before their start date. Volunteers should have a medium level of Spanish, but for several positions Spanish fluency is required. We can recommend in-country language schools to help you improve your Spanish before beginning your service.
Currently we do accept married couples that would like to volunteer together, but unfortunately we do not have housing for volunteer families.
NPH Dominican Republic is one of the medium NPH families, and is a place where our dedicated staff, totaled of about 50 professionals, looks over our 200 children. The home is located between two Haitian-immigrant sugarcane settlements (known as “bateys”) and surrounded by sugarcane fields, farms, and MLB practice stadiums. Our home has a fairly rural feel despite its location just outside of San Pedro de Macoris, an hour east of the capital, Santo Domingo.
The volunteer house is located on site, in between the office and the multipurpose center. The house has eight bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, and volunteers are asked to share a room with a fellow volunteer. Apart from bedrooms, the house has a common living area, kitchen, laundry room, dining room, computer room, art room, and a large outdoor garden/patio.
Many volunteer openings are combined positions, meaning a volunteer will be asked to fulfill more than one position depending on their abilities and schedule. We also count on our volunteers to participate in the home’s activities, events and holidays and become a member of our family. Outside of the specific job position, all volunteers also dedicate at least two hours per night and every other weekend to working directly with a section of the children in the home. This includes everything from hanging out to organizing activities to attending mass. Being a role model and an advocate for the children is really the most important part of every volunteer’s job description.
Working as a long-term volunteer for NPH DR will require the volunteer to be utterly flexible and open-minded. It is essential to arrive with a positive attitude and a willingness to jump in where needed.