Campo Amigo - Santo Domingo, DR

June 27th–July 22nd, 2020 (subject to slight change) 

Campo Amigo was our first program in the Dominican Republic and is aimed at those who want to empower local children who have type 1 diabetes and their families, as well as those who want to combine diabetes outreach with a love of travel and exploration. In 2020, we have expanded this program to incorporate more diabetes outreach initiatives and to include our optional AYUDA Internship program. During this program, volunteers will collaborate with AYUDA’s partner organization Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV), a local diabetes organization based in Santo Domingo. Accepted volunteers, led by AYUDA staff, will work closely with AAV local staff, medical students, and rising youth leaders to plan and implement community outreach projects and diabetes education workshops that will motivate and support people with diabetes of all ages and their families in multiple provinces in the Dominican Republic. In addition, the team will work together to run Campo Amigo and Día de la Familia, two weekend diabetes education programs focused on children with type 1 diabetes and their families. Volunteers will also participate in home visits and outreach trips to nearby cities such as San Pedro de Macorís and San Cristóbal to see first-hand how these families manage their children’s diabetes.

Local Program Objectives

  1. Empower youth to be role models and leaders of social change and share their knowledge with others.

  2. Motivate parents and young people to understand that type 1 diabetes is a manageable condition.

  3. Improve diabetes knowledge, beginning with the themes of leadership and self-esteem.

  4. Strengthen local capacity-building initiatives of AAV outside of Santo Domingo and throughout the Dominican Republic.


2020 Program Timeline

  • August 2019 - New Volunteer Application Process Opens Online

  • November 10th, 2019 - Early Application Deadline (Notification by November 17th)

  • February 23rd, 2020 - Final Application Deadline

    • Note: Applications are reviewed and interviews granted on a rolling basis. It is highly recommended that applications be submitted as soon as is possible.

  • March 1st, 2020 - First Notification for 2020 Program Acceptance

  • March 7th, 2020 - E-course begins

  • March 20 - 22nd, 2020 - Volunteer Training Summit

  • June 20th, 2020 - Pre-program Fundraising Deadline

  • June 27th - July 22nd, 2020 - Campo Amigo, in-country program

  • September 1st, 2020 - Post-program Fundraising Deadline


Fundraising Total for Program

$8,750, plus flight costs (for Stanford, CA and the DR). $8,500 is due on June 20th, 2020 and $250 is due on September 1st, 2020. Please note, once volunteers have reached their $8,750 fundraising commitment, they may use their fundraising page to raise funds for their flights. AYUDA will reimburse up to $1,000 for travel expenses, with proper documentation. Volunteer accommodations, some group meals, and group activities are provided/sponsored by AYUDA & AAV.

For a more detailed explanation of this, please see our Volunteer Requirements and Expectations. 

Local Partner Organization

Aprendiendo a Vivir (AAV) is a Dominican non-profit organization based in Santo Domingo. The organization provides children and adolescents living with diabetes the opportunity to improve their quality of life through educational programs. The goal of these programs is to provide tools and knowledge to help young people living with diabetes better manage their condition, improve their nutrition, and prevent future complications. For more information about AAV see:

Learn more about the AYUDA Volunteer Training Program here.


Sample Campo Amigo Volunteer Program Itinerary (subject to change)

Saturday, June 27 - Monday, June 29 - Welcome, cultural orientation, and training

Tuesday, June 30 - Friday, July 3 - Camper/volunteer meet-up, children’s hospital visit, pre-camp preparations, and volunteer retreat

Saturday, July 4 - Sunday, July 5 - Campo Amigo Diabetes Camp

Monday, July 6 - Free day!

Tuesday, July 7 - Education Initiatives at AAV Foundation

Wednesday, July 8 - Outreach Preparations

Thursday, July 9 - Friday, July 10 - Outreach or Internship

Saturday, July 11 - Sunday, July 12 - Debrief outreach, cultural excursions

Monday, July 13 - Outreach or Internship

Tuesday, July 14 - Education Initiatives at AAV Foundation, Internship

Wednesday, July 15 - Outreach or Internship

Thursday, July 16 - Saturday, July 18 - Pre-camp preparations

Sunday, July 19 - Día de la Familia Diabetes Camp

Monday, July 20 - Free day!

Tuesday, July 21 - Post-program wrap up & evaluation

Wednesday, July 22 - Volunteers depart


In-Country Program Description

AYUDA supports local projects that focus on youth empowerment as defined by AYUDA’s empowerment model. Once abroad, AYUDA volunteers undergo a Cultural Training Program that is run in conjunction with our Local Partner organization AAV. The AYUDA volunteer team works with AAV leaders, local medical students, and rising AAV youth leaders to foster leadership, team building, and prepare for the subsequent outreach and diabetes education camps. Emphasis is placed on sustainability and empowering local youth to replicate the activities throughout the year.

There are six main components to the In-Country Program:

1. Cultural Training          

  • Volunteers stay together in a local hotel

  • Volunteers receive supplemental Health & Wellness training and Safety & Security training upon arrival

  • Volunteers gain understanding of local customs, traditions, etc.

  • Volunteers learn about and understand reality of diabetes in Dominican Republic

  • Volunteers participate in AYUDA/AAV group and leadership activities

  • Volunteers begin outreach training to prepare for home visits in underprivileged provinces/cities around Santo Domingo where many of AAV-supported children with diabetes and their families live

  • Volunteers prepare for implementation of AAV outreach & education strategy according to volunteer skillsets

  • Volunteers work with AAV staff, medical students, local youth leaders, and their families

2. Community Outreach Projects

  • Volunteers are divided into groups with other AAV youth leaders to plan diabetes education workshops at the AAV foundation, multiple workshops in provinces surrounding Santo Domingo, and the Día de la Familia camp. Key goals are to inform, educate, and motivate children with diabetes and their families

  • Volunteers take part in selected home visits to increase the integration of families into the local diabetes community

  • A goal of outreach is to motivate AAV youth with diabetes to be leaders for other youth

  • Another goal of outreach is to motivate parents to be leaders/educators for their communities

3. Pre-camp training and Campo Amigo Preparation

  • Volunteers, AAV youth leaders, and AYUDA staff prepare for Campo Amigo by working together to plan camp activities to educate and motivate children with diabetes

  • Volunteers review Local Partner’s objectives and outcomes for activities

  • Volunteers review diabetes protocols, perform team building activities, and prepare activities with local leaders

4. Campo Amigo Dominicano Projects

  • Volunteers, AAV youth leaders, AYUDA and AAV staff, and Dominican medical staff plan and lead:

    • Diabetes education programs (target populations: newly diagnosed children, at-risk children and their parents)

    • Youth Leadership workshops (target populations: rising young leaders from AAV, medical students, family members)

5. AYUDA Internship Program*

  • The AYUDA Internship is an opportunity for volunteers to pursue their academic and/or professional interests in addition to or in place of the additional outreach workshops

  • The internship will be tailored to each volunteer’s unique interests, and volunteers will be placed into an internship based upon their proposed project

    • Some internship opportunities include working at the local pediatric hospital and shadowing Aprendiendo A Vivir staff, amongst others

6. Program Wrap-Up

  • Wrap-up sessions with all volunteers and AAV youth leaders

  • Next steps: Becoming AYUDA Alumni and reviewing future leadership roles with AYUDA 

 *The AYUDA Internship program is available to volunteers who have graduated or will graduate high school before the Campo Amigo program begins.


  • AYUDA volunteers return to their respective communities and continue to serve as agents of social change

  • E-course wrap-up session and feedback

  • Volunteers become part of a broader network of AYUDA volunteers and may choose to participate in additional U.S.-based AYUDA activities

  • Volunteers may apply and be selected to become Volunteer Mentors for 2021 programs