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A trip serving with DOVE makes a difference in the lives of children, while providing the opportunity to truly embrace and understand a new culture. Our mission has always remained the same--to provide opportunity and hope to at-risk children.

As a volunteer, you will experience the culture in a safe, positive environment while learning about the area and all that Puerto Plata offers. Every hug and smile from our children and their families will illustrate the Dominican happiness!


The children benefit by having people help improve their English skills while feeling the love you bring by volunteering. Strong mentors to learn from is important for every child.


Dove Youth Development would love to have you! Whether alone or with a group of family, colleagues or friends, there is a place for everyone within our center.  Here is what a "Day in the Field" looks like:

  • You will be picked up at any local hotel in Puerto Plata by our driver Juan and our Operations and Youth Center Director Martina in our van.

  • They will bring you to the Youth Development Center where you will help with breakfast and work with kids on their daily lesson, led by teacher Teresa. The students usually work on English to go with the weekly theme to foster self-esteem, cooperation, respect, responsibility, goal setting and leadership skills.

  • Next, you will help with an activity to go with the next subject. This can consist of jewelry making, performing arts, health and wellness, photography or a craft.

  • You will end the morning playing on the playground, jumping rope, playing basketball or playing on the swings. 

  • After the morning group leaves, Martina will take the volunteer group to lunch and on a tour of the barrios where the kids live so you can meet their families and experience a taste of the culture.

  • In the afternoon, everyone will come back to the mission and work with a second group of students.

If you have a specific activity you would like to teach the students, please let us know on your application! The students love learning new things!



If you do not have the time for a full day, the half day option is for you!  If you choose a half day, you will be picked up around 9 a.m. and tour the Barrios where the kids live to meet their families and see the culture.  You will then go to work with the students for the morning session. After the children leave, you will be taken back to your resort.


The donations include transportation to and from hotels in Puerto Plata, a guided tour with our Operations and Youth Center Director who will also act as your translator for your visit and lunch for during the full day experience. All prices are USD.

  • Full day in the field: $75/per person

  • Full day for families (up to 2 adults and 2 children): $250/per day

  • Half day in the field: $45/per person

  • Half day for families (up to 2 adults and 2 children): $150/per day

  • 5-day weekly rate: $350/per person. (The Center is open Tuesday-Saturday, except for Dominican holidays).

  • If you need transportation from Sosua, please add a fee of $25/per group per day.  If you need transportation from Cabarete, please add a fee of $30/per group per day.


Payments are all in US Dollars.

For groups of 6 or more, please email to discuss.

If you plan to arrange your own transportation, please deduct $15 from the rates (and designate such on your application).



We appreciate donations and can give you a list of what is needed and arrange a time (please email us at When bringing a donation and not participating in the field, we ask for a donation of $20 to cover transportation and staffing for a quick facility tour. The list of donations changes each month. We appreciate you for wanting to donate! 


We have created this formal document to properly outline guidelines to any Dove inquiry regarding volunteering, donating, visiting or sponsoring. This document will establish a clear and consistent process and make a more seamless process for us internally and for you! This document must be followed in order to properly assist with your request. These guidelines are in place with the best interests of our club, teachers and children in mind. If you have any questions, please reach to us at

Click HERE for our Volunteer Guidelines


To schedule a day, week, or even longer, please fill out the application here.  After receiving details from our volunteer specialist, you can pay your fee here.(select Volunteering in "Apply My Donation To")

If you have additional questions or need help with the application process, please email

We look forward to welcoming you to our community at Dove Youth Development!

Dove Rooftop Garden
Dove Rooftop Garden

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Dove kids face painting
Dove kids face painting

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Bonding with the kids
Bonding with the kids

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Dove Rooftop Garden
Dove Rooftop Garden

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