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 2016-2017 Academic Year Volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a DREAM volunteer, please refer to our volunteer page.

Our Volunteers

Katie Crane

2015-17 Academic Year Volunteer

Katie will be teaching English in the A Ganar program as well as working with DREAM’s fabulous teacher training initiative. She is a Denver, Colorado native with several years of teaching experience in different educational settings, including teaching English in Japan and teaching in an urban setting. She served as the Director of Education at a non-profit called RAFT, Resource Area For Teaching, where she planned and led teacher workshops focused on STEM and sustainability. She is passionate about education in the Dominican Republic, and she has visited and planned workshops for teachers in Puerto Plata several times. She knows how wonderful and dedicated the teachers and students are here, and is excited to have the chance to work alongside them this year and play a part in the work DREAM is doing to develop and support successful teachers and students!

Yanil Muñoz

2015-17 Academic Year Volunteer

Yanil is a Dominican-American graduate from the University of South Florida. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Communication, focusing on Public Advocacy and Women’s Studies. Yanil’s passion has always been giving back to the community and helping those who do not have access to necessary resources. Through different organizations within her university, Yanil had the opportunity to serve as a mentor to students, work with refugees and immigrants, volunteer at local domestic violence shelters, and organize school-wide initiatives to promote education, diversity. In all of her efforts, she aims to inspire individuals to exceed their expectations and realize their true potential. Extending her volunteer term for a second year, Yanil serves as the Volunteer Coordinator, and will be assisting DREAM within UNICA and the "Male-Only Curriculum" which are extensions of the Deportes Para la Vida program.

Lorena Martinez

2015-17 Academic Year Volunteer

Lorena is a Princeton in Latin America Senior Fellow supporting DREAM through monitoring and evaluation for the Deportes para la Vida Program. She is extending her time through December, completing a male-only curriculum focused on gender equality and sexual health education and continuing her work on monitoring and evaluation.   Lorena earned her bachelor’s in international affairs, with a dual concentration in Latin American studies and international development and a minor in sociocultural anthropology at The George Washington University. Prior to DREAM, Lorena worked for the global health and emergency response organization, AmeriCares. She served as associate and senior associate for the Middle East and Africa team, expanding her understanding of the global health landscape by collaborating with 14 NGOs and ministries of health, and facilitating the delivery of life‐saving medicines and supplies to underserved populations. In addition, she has also interned in Colombia with Fútbol con Corazón, an organization committed to social change using soccer as a primary tool, as well as the Organization of American States in Washington, DC for the Office for the Promotion and Strengthening of Social Protection.

Danielle Tidline

2016-17 Academic Year Volunteer

Danielle Tidline will be teaching English in the "A Ganar" program as well as assisting with the planning and execution of "Mi Propia Biblioteca" (My Very Own Library). Danielle studied the Dominican Republic for many years as a Masters of Arts recipient in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University in Miami, FL. There she studied the intersection of race and national identity, looking specifically at the relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The Dream Project has allowed her an opportunity to finally experience and see firsthand all that she has read for many years. Prior to joining the DREAM team, she worked in the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency with Baltimore County Public Schools and taught Spanish through the district's Home and Hospital Program.

Jill Applegate

2016-17 Academic Year Volunteer

Jill is a Kansas native and recent college graduate with degrees in Political Science, Spanish, and International Studies. Throughout her year at DREAM, Jill will provide monitoring and evaluation support for DREAM’s Young Stars and Montessori programs, serve as an instructor for the youth workforce development program A Ganar, and assist with DREAM’s Global Connections student groups. During her undergraduate career, Jill conducted ethnographic research studying the economic effects of immigration on rural Kansas communities, taught ESL classes, and volunteered with on-campus organizations providing relief for students in financial need. After writing her senior thesis on the evolution of youth violence in Central America, Jill is excited to gain a deeper understanding of education and youth development programs, as well as contribute to DREAM’s work providing sustainable educational opportunities for youth in the Dominican Republic.

Pranayeta Shroff

2016-17 Academic Year Volunteer

Pranayeta"Shonty" Shroff is a Princeton in Latin America Fellow working with the A Ganar or youth workforce development program at DREAM. She graduated from Smith College in 2014 with a sociology major and a Spanish minor. Her interest in the economic, social, and cultural development of marginalized communities in Latin America stems from a summer learning from activists and community organizations in Costa Rica. After spending 4 months in Spain solidifying her Spanish, Shonty worked with Latin@ communities in the US through education­ based internships. At a GED training center for Puerto Rican populations in Western Massachusetts, she executed an independent research project on how identifying and deploying already­ existing community assets in the classroom motivates students. She was subsequently able to practice the pedagogical strategies she researched while teaching English in Cali, Colombia, as part of a government program aimed at job creation. Shonty is excited to learn more about executing programs with real impact while at DREAM.

Sally Kuzma

2016-17 Academic Year Volunteer

Sally is currently an English Language Fellow with the US Department of State working with DREAM to support English language teaching and learning, primarily in its A Ganar program. Sally has taught in community college and community-based settings, most recently in Milwaukee where she developed culturally sensitive curriculum and materials for adult refugees and immigrants. She has also worked in non-profit development and has a background in publishing, design and visual arts with an MFA from Stony Brook University. An enthusiastic gardener, Sally looks forward to visiting some jardines and fincas in the Dominican Republic, and cultivating her Spanish language skills here.

Janil Santana

2016-17 Academic Year Volunteer

Janil's deep passion and appreciation for filmmaking, story-telling, and Latinx studies is what brought her to the DREAM Project where she will be managing social media, as well as assisting students in extracurricular art activities. Janil studies Puerto Rican and Latinx Studies and Television at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Her past experiences at Reel Works, TriBeCa Film Festival, POV, NBC, Picture Motion, Rada Film Group, and HBO have taught her the importance of filmmaking as a powerful medium to express oneself. Her life goal is to travel around different Latin American countries teaching filmmaking to the youth in underdeveloped communities.

Danielle Coony

2016-17 Academic Year Volunteer

Danielle works with The DREAM Project as a Princeton in Latin America Fellow, supporting research, monitoring and evaluation across the organization’s 14 programs. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Danielle solidified her interest in working in the nonprofit sector while earning her degree in Political Economy with a Concentration in International Development. During her time as an undergraduate, she held administrative positions at a workers’ rights advocacy organization and at the UC Berkeley School of Law; conducted research for the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment; tutored at Berkeley High School’s English Language Newcomers Program; and contributed as a reporter to the student-run newspaper, The Daily Californian. In 2015 she also had the opportunity to study for six months in Santiago, Chile, where she conducted research on Chilean immigration law in association with Human Rights Center and faculty at the Diego Portales University School of Law. She is excited to continue living and working in Latin America while learning more about nonprofit administration.