Contact: John Youé
Phone: 07514 035177
75 Pittsfield
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Community Partners' Association (COPA) is a small but very active non-governmental organisation working in poor rural villages in the Dominican Republic. During the last twenty years, COPA has brought new hope to needy communities in the Dominican Republic. COPA has made a great difference in the communities it serves by building two schools to educate over 800 children, founded two health clinics, supported pupils through secondary education, organised work skills training for leavers and supported over twenty students through university. More recently COPA has been developing training and resource partnerships with local state schools. We are now experiencing former pupils returning from higher education and university to work in their community. This certainly was not possible twenty years ago, when few children attended school and those who did, left school hardly able to read and write. For many years generations of poor Haitian families have migrated to the Province of Barahona where COPA is working and two thirds of the children in the COPA schools are Haitian.

The aim of COPA is to provide the expertise and finance to help very poor communities to help themselves. The communities have therefore been heavily involved as volunteers in the construction. Work groups from the USA and the UK also regularly travel to the Dominican Republic for periods of two or three weeks to work alongside the local people on building work or in the schools. The COPA projects in the Dominican Republic are overseen by a small team of expatriate staff, comprising of the Project Director, administrator, health advisor and education adviser. Their work is to support the Dominican staff in the schools and clinics. Guidance and support are provided to the team in the DR by UK and US committees. These committees are also responsible for fundraising for the organisation through a child sponsorship programme and small grant applications. Short-term volunteers are also welcome for periods of less than one year. They may spend time as classroom assistants or teach English to the older students. Short-term volunteers also greatly help with the visiting work groups. There may also be administrative work to be done for those with computer skills. COPA is a Christian organisation and expects volunteers to work in sympathy with its aims. Applications from qualified primary teachers or qualified nurses are particularly welcome for two-year contracts. All offers of voluntary positions will be subject to a criminal records check.

We currently are looking to recruit an Education Advisor Please contact for details or look at

  • Children
  • Disability - Learning
  • Disability - Physical
  • Drug / Alcohol Abuse
  • Education
  • Healthcare / Medical
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Refugees
  • Women
  • Young People


Suitability and Volunteering Roles

Volunteering Roles:
  • Accountancy / Finance
  • Administration
  • Arts / Crafts
  • Building / Construction / DIY
  • Computers / I.T.
  • Driving
  • Music
  • Religious activities
  • Teaching - Children
  • Technical Skills
  • Theatre / Drama
  • Training
  • Visiting / Befriending
Volunteering Type:
  • Individual Volunteering
Work Alone or With Others:

With others

Police Check

All those working with children and vulnerable people will have a complete criminal records check

Child Protection

This organisation has a child protection policy

Liability Insurance

Volunteers working with this organisation are covered by legal liability insurance

Volunteers Placed Each Year



  • Caribbean Islands, South America

Short-term volunteers ideally require ability to converse in Spanish. Two year volunteer staff require a professional qualification and experience in relevant field - see specific job description. Spanish or willingness and ability to learn Spanish is essential.

Health Requirements:

Good health essential.

Cost To Volunteer:

Short-term volunteers are expected to be self-funding and will need to pay for return airflight and insurance. We will provide accommodation, electricity, bottled gas, water and an allowance towards incidental expenses.Accommodation, return airflight, NI contributions, Health Insurance and a monthly stipend are provided for two-year volunteers.


From 18 years old

Weeks min/max

Weeks from 5 up to 52 per year

Hours min/max:

Hours from 20 up to 1 per week

When to Apply:

All year.

Start Months:
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • November
  • December

Additional Information


On site accommodation for single volunteers only.



Local Information:

Projects and accommodation are based in the rural villages of La Hoya and Bombita. These are located in Barahona Province in the south-west of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic (formerly known as Hispanola) is an island in the Caribbean. The other half of the island is Haiti.


Interviews take place in the south-west of the UK, probably near Swindon or by Skype.


One-day pre-placement preparation on the job training by COPA staff. Written notes also given to volunteers.


The Project Director manages the short-term volunteers and oversees the two-year staff. The team as a whole reports to the US and UK committees.

Debriefing & Certificates:

Debriefing meetings take place with COPA staffCertificate or reference given.

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