January 17, 2013
I had the opportunity to work with Project Esperanza in the English Immersion Summer Camp known as "Cambia Mis Estrellas" over the course of 3 weeks in the summer of 2012. The Camp served both Dominican and Haitian children (most of whom were also born in the DR). As an experienced teacher, I can say that the work was challenging but rewarding and I met some great people who were volunteering and some wonderful Haitians/Dominicans as well. I think they could use more help structuring the camp from teachers who have experience teaching ESL and languages to diverse populations. I saw first hand the difficult but excellent work that PE and especially Caitlin (the President) have been doing in the Puerto Plata area of the Dominican Republic. Moreover, I can attest that Caitlin "walks the walk"...she lives a simple life (by most American standards) with her family and devotes incredible time and energy and her own funds to the project...she seems to live and breathe Project Esperanza and I admire her courage and work. Although there may be larger organizations who make a bigger impact in different ways, there is no doubt that any money donated to PE will not be used unwisely and will make a difference in the lives of some wonderful, bright children. I loved my experience and highly recommend Project Esperanza to those who are looking to donate money or lend a hand.
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