At the heart of DREAM, you will find a selfless, dedicated volunteer. Our organization was launched by a team of passionate volunteers from Dartmouth College and that spirit continues today. Each year, DREAM works with more than 120 student group volunteers, 22 summer camp volunteers, 10 yearlong volunteers and several local and short-term volunteers.
Meet our 2018-2019 Academic Year Volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a DREAM volunteer, please refer to our volunteer page.
2017-19 Academic Year Volunteer
Luisanna is a Lawrence, Massachusetts native and a graduate from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked at a public school in her hometown as an associate teacher, held executive board positions at a multicultural organization, and helped start up a mentorship program and served as a mentor for students in danger of dropping out of Lowell High School. As a second year volunteer, Luisanna will be assisting DREAM as the Volunteer Coordinator and English teacher while also serving as a part of the Public Relations and Global Connections teams. Coming from a Dominican background, Luisanna is very excited to learn more about her culture and country while also being able to contribute to her Dominican community in a more direct way with the DREAM project.
2018-19 Year-long Volunteer
Victoria is a global health activist devoted to grounding health policy in the grassroots efforts of communities, health practitioners, and care recipients. She has a special interest in and experience with migrant health. She is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California (2018) with a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis concentrating in Biology and a minor in Cognitive Science. Her senior thesis was entitled: “No Mandate Without Acceptance: Lessons and Recommendations for HPV Vaccination Legislation in California,” and provided an extensive overview of the barriers to Human Papillomavirus vaccine acceptance nationally and practical policy recommendations to increase vaccine use for various stakeholder groups. She has interned in various domestic and international governmental and private organizations. She worked on reproductive rights and children’s health programs in the office of US Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT); translated for and provided short-term insurance registration services to limited English speaking immigrants at the major hospital in Pomona, California; carried out research on migrant health service provision in Central Asia while interning for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Vienna, Austria; and helped develop policy to prevent intimate partner violence and promote HPV vaccination at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Victoria has also carried out extensive ethnographic and qualitative research, including on primarily Sub-Saharan migrant access to healthcare in Morocco while studying abroad in Rabat in 2016, and most recently for her senior thesis.
She is fluent in Spanish and German, and has studied Mandarin Chinese and Arabic. Originally from Washington, DC, she lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a child. She is thrilled to return to Latin America and join the DREAM Project’s team in Cabarete to work in support of several of their programs, focusing on youth health education and documentation issues.
2018-19 Year-long Volunteer
Gina Morales-Taveras is a graduate from the College of the Holy Cross. She is majored in History, with a thematic concentration in Race and Ethnicity while concentrating in Africana Studies and Latin American Latino Studies. She was raised by her mother in the small city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and attended Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School. Gina is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent. Her passion for studying race and ethnicity in Latin America has lead her to engage in supervised research projects, the Latin American Student Organization, and inquiries on Afro-identity and the marginalization of Afro-descendent populations in the Caribbean. Inspired by her work at Holy Cross she has become a Princeton in Latin America Fellow and will be working with Dream Project in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Gina is very excited to work with "A Ganar" as an English teacher and as a social media content developer! Post-fellowship she hopes to continue her work in afro-descendent communities in the field of education and public policy.
2019 Year-long Volunteer
Jillian recently received her masters degree from Cambridge University with a dissertation focusing on sexual health approaches in the Dominican Republic, focusing on how to engage young men in issues of teen pregnancy and gender equality. This work built on her published research with the psychology department of Mount Allison University in Eastern Canada examining barriers to mental health services for young men due to self-stigma and restrictive gender norms. She has a passion for gender equity and reproductive rights, along with international educational experience in Vietnam, France, Spain, and the Dominican Republic, including work in a Montessori classroom, and with special needs populations.
Jillian is inspired by radical pedagogies, along with anti-racist, feminist, and decolonized approaches to education that create healthy and constructive environments for all students and families involved. With a genuine belief that education is a crucial player in societal growth, psychological fulfillment and personal development, she is thrilled to be a part of the DREAM team focusing on the A Ganar and Escuelita de Padres programs.
2018-19 Year-long Volunteer
Delmy Felipe Herrera, a native of Guatemala City, graduated with degrees in primary school education and telecommunications from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala and Hochschule Ostwesfalen-Lippe in Germany. She hosted her own radio program, DivertiKids, and local TV shows, Cocina con Sazón and ¿Sabes Qué?, focused on opinion pieces and entertainment by kids, for kids. She has worked the last 4 years promoting literature and reading in communities in Guatemala. Starting her own company, Asociación La Valija y La Cobija, she wanted to promote a culture of reading. She frequented clases with her mobile library, telling stories using puppets and theatre. For her the message has always been clear: reading is fun and changes your life.
She hopes to share her diverse experience working in education while experiencing Dominican culture in her role as a volunteer at DREAM. She will be sharing her storytelling activities and help foster a culture of reading in Cabarete and taking them on the road to other regions in the Dominican Republic.