The Mariposa Dr Foundation
Rating: 4.96 stars 45 reviews
Issues: Human Services
Location: 309 Third Street Ithaca NY 14850 USA
Target demographics: Adolescent girls ages 11-17 living in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic.
Geographic areas served: North Coast
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Going into my trip I wasn't quite sure what to expect, I for sure didn't expect to form lifelong friendships and amazing bonds with people I didn't know before this experience. Ever day I see a small way that this experience changed me and I am truly greatful. I would advice anyone who is considering volunteering at the Mariposa DR foundation to do it because it was the highlight of my summer/year and an amazing experiance.
I had the opportunity to spend three weeks volunteering with this incredible organization. They are really doing a lot to empower the amazing girls. I continue to be inspired by their work, and hope to return in the near future to get more involved.
I volunteered with the Mariposa Foundation in 2011-2012,and it has been one of the defining experiences of my life thus far. Challenging, organic, and with high ideals this organization strives to serve and empower its students and their community. The students and the community both energize and challenge its volunteers and Cabarete's tourists. From day one I was given the privilege of an automatic "in" with Cabarete, people opening their homes and hearts and entrusting me with their children. I could never repay that level of trust and blessing, but I can vouch for the work the org does and the people involved and encourage others to continue to support their efforts!
For the past two years, as a high school teacher, I have taken students to the Mariposa foundation. My students and I cannot say enough of the good the foundation is offering their clients, the young girls of Cabarete. The Mariposa foundation is exposing them to alternatives they my have never been aware of, if not for the foundation. I hope that I will be able to contribute to this great and inspiring foundation.
Great organization, great people! It's incredible how much they've done in such a short period of time!
The summer volunteer program was a fantastic experience! The girls will steal your heart, make you laugh, and amaze you with their talents, determination, and resilience. There are so many amazing activities going on: arts, literacy, swimming, circus, baseball, gardening, sewing. I loved watching the girls get excited about something they made or jumping into the pool without fear -- they are discovering who they can be and it's such a privilege to support them in the process of becoming. Cabarete has many draws: beaches, water sports, delicious food, but getting involved in Mariposa's work and getting to know these girls will make you want to come back again and again!
The Mariposa DR Foundation opened my eyes to so many new possibilities in life. It deepened my passion to learn Spanish, and photograph the candid moments that might otherwise get passed by down in the Dominican. The staff was wonderful at the Center along with the girls and their willingness to try new ways of learning with us.
I learned about the Mariposa DR Foundation from a fellow peer at my college; she informed me that the foundation had close ties to my college and that they focused on working with and empowering young girls in the DR. I thought to myself-- I need to volunteer here! Volunteering with the Mariposa DR Foundation was simultaneously my first time out of the U.S. and, I must say, the foundation was a great one to have that experience with; everyone cared for my well-being throughout the entire trip. Truly a "tranqui" lifestyle! --something different than the hustle of a college environment.
Working with the girls was indeed the best highlight! I taught English and Theater classes, and everyday I looked forward to spending time with the girls, teaching, and hearing the many stories they'd have for the day. I can't wait until I can go back and visit the girls that had such a large impact on my overall being. Las Mariposas- the world's most powerful forces for change! :)
I first learned about Mariposa in my courses on Women & Poverty at UVA, and I was so excited to serve as a summer volunteer for 2014. In my time there, I was blown away by the holistic model Mariposa employs to ensure the well-being of their girls. From good health to cultural enrichment to job skills, Mariposa addresses the needs of the whole child. I would recommend becoming involved with this organization 1000%! If you are able to serve as a volunteer, not only will you learn from expert development field workers about the girl effect model, but you will fall in love with the brilliant, confident, sassy, and beautiful young girls and women of Mariposa. The bonds you make with these passionate Mariposas will last a lifetime. I myself plan to return to this exceptional NGO for the next year as a long-term volunteer. VIVAN LAS MARIPOSAS!
Even though I only spent a week volunteering with the Mariposa Foundation, I was blown away by the important work they are doing in the DR. Observing the impact that this Foundation has on the lives of these girls was a life-changing experience. I believe so strongly in their mission that I am dedicating a whole year to volunteering with them after I graduate, and can't think of a better way to spend my time. The Mariposa DR Foundation is a truly wonderful non-profit.
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