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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

Jill Applegate

2016-18 Academic Year Volunteer

Jill is a Kansas native and recent college graduate with degrees in Political Science, Spanish, and International Studies. During her second year working with DREAM, Jill will serve as the Volunteer Coordinator and a Co-Coordinator of the LUCEROS Documentation Program. As an undergraduate, 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.

 

Danielle Coony

2016-18 Academic Year Volunteer

As a Princeton in Latin America Senior Fellow with The DREAM Project, Danielle supports monitoring and evaluation across the organization’s 14 programs and serves as a Co-Coordinator in the LUCEROS Documentation Program. Prior to coming to DREAM, Danielle solidified her interest in working with the nonprofit sector while earning her bachelor's degree in Political Economy with a Concentration in International Development at the University of California, Berkeley. As an undergraduate, she held administrative assistant positions at a workers’ rights advocacy organization and at the UC Berkeley School of Law, tutored at Berkeley High School’s English Language Newcomers Program, and contributed as a reporter to the student-run newspaper, The Daily Californian. 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. In her second year with DREAM, she is excited to continue living in Cabarete and supporting the organization’s transformative education programs.

 

Javier Perello Rowland

2017-18 Year-long Volunteer

While born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Javier grew up and lives in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia and calls Canada home. Javier recently graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a B.A. in Psychology and Counselling and hopes to pursue a career in the helping professions. Over the course of his undergraduate years, Javier has had the opportunity to work and volunteer in a diverse range of settings. He has held positions as a crisis line operator, peer support volunteer, childcare worker, youth mentor and support worker for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Javier is excited to return to his home country and work alongside The DREAM Project empowering at-risk youth to flourish and succeed

 

Altagracia Mendez

2017-18 Year-long Volunteer

Altagracia was born and raised in California and is of Mexican and Dominican descent. She spent the last two years working with Apple Inc’s Worldwide Developer Relations team in the San Francisco area. In 2014, she graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Global Studies and Political Science, with an emphasis in Latin America and the Caribbean. As an undergraduate, Altagracia chose to study abroad in Mexico and Brazil to develop a better understanding of the Latin American region. During her time in Brazil, she worked with the BRICS Policy Center, Education USA, and volunteered as a math teacher for underprivileged youth in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. In Mexico, she worked with Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democratico de Derechos, where she helped advocate for the human rights of missing migrants. Altagracia is excited to return to work in Latin America. She will be working as a UNICA/DPV/ LPC Programs and Global Connections Volunteer. Altagracia has a passion for improving Latin America and empowering students through quality education and creating the next generation of Latino leaders.

 

Luisanna Crespo

2017-18 Year-long Volunteer

Luisanna works with the DREAM project by supporting the organization’s ESL programs while also serving as a part of the public relations team. She 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. 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.

 

Nicole Hardy

2017-18 Year-long Volunteer

Nicole is Dominican-American and grew up in Atlanta, but her family is from Santo Domingo. She graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and will go on to study Biostatistics at Brown University after her year as a volunteer. During her year at DREAM, Nicole will work equally as a monitoring and evaluation volunteer and as a Montessori program volunteer. Her role includes components of data collection and report writing as well as workshop and activity leading. During her undergraduate career Nicole tutored in statistics and mathematics and worked in a Paleo-climatology lab. She has interned with BlackRock in the past and was honored to be a BlackRock Scholarship finalist and a Gates Millennium Scholar. She is extremely excited for the opportunity to work with DREAM and to spend more time in the Dominican Republic serving people in her community. 

 

Anna Sebastian

2017-18 Year-long Volunteer

Anna graduated from American University with a B.A. in secondary education and Spanish-Latin American studies. After graduating, she began teaching 7th–grade English humanities at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Washington, D.C. In her three years as a highly effective public school teacher, Anna always showed evidence of student growth, and even produced the highest reading and writing test scores in the school in her first year teaching. Outside of teaching, she founded a girls empowerment club, and led the debate team, yearbook club, elementary cross-country team, and the Spain-Costa Rica Exchange Programs. At the district level, Anna has developed curriculum on ancient India that is used in all 7th–grade social studies classrooms in DCPS, which has since been adapted for publication with the Hindu American Foundation. Additionally, as a District Course Chair for the Dual Language Cohort, she facilitated the growth of highly effective instruction in the seven bilingual schools of DCPS. She is looking forward to the opportunity to using her background in bilingual education, literacy, and youth development to the DREAM Project in the Dominican Republic.

 

Nathalia Trujillo

2017-18 Year-long Volunteer

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Nathalia graduated from Haverford College in 2015, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Latin American Studies and a Spanish Minor. After college, Nathalia joined Teach for America in New York. Here, she taught 5th grade bilingual education for two years. She graduated from Hunter College in 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 with an extension in bilingual education. Nathalia hopes to continue developing her passion for education equity at DREAM.