We strive to tailor our program to best meet the needs of the youth
in our community. Our program initiatives have greatly evolved over
the years and no one program is of more importance than another.
The current initiative are the following.
SAS and Guanin Center, Inc., are two differents institutions but
they work in partnership.
This is SAS English as a Second Language Program that is
directed to students' at all academic levels and all ages
to improve education levels and to provide opportunities to
those who are not normally able to participate in English
The program began in May 2010 with 50 students (5 students
per professor). We received 5 international and 3 local volunteer
professors (4 from the USA and 1 from Canada to teach at the
2011: 35 students graduated. 15 students in advanced
levels and 10 at the basic level with 2 USA and 4 local volunteer
2012: There were 70 students at the basic level at
our new Guanin Community Center in la Piedra, Municipality
of Guerra, Santo Domingo Province. We received aid from 4
USA and 2 local volunteer professors.
Participants can choose to come for a week or for longer
Date: The progran is open year-round
- Fall: Mid-August to December
- Winter: January to March
- Spring: March to end of June.
Become one of our sponsorship, sponsor an individual child
or the general community program at the Guanin Center in la
Piedra. Because it takes a community to meet all of any individual
child's needs, you may choose, instead of sponsoring an individual
child, to aid the general community program. Money donated
through program sponsorship is pooled and used to fund development
in the communities of La Piedra--where sponsored children
live. This provides the Center Cultural Guanin, Inc. field
staff and local volunteers with the resources to carry out
long-term plans aimed at creating environments in which all
the children in this community can thrive.
We have 45 kids, 6 of them,
already sponsored by American and Cuban family. They are
special boys and girls who desperately need your love and
support. No child should be without food, drinking water,
shelter, education, or basic health care, for these are the
rights of all human beings. For just about $1 a day, we offer
you the opportunity to contribute to a just society-your donations
might even save one of the kid's lives! For just about $1
a day ($35 per month), you can ensure that a child in Villa
Mella or La Piedra is not denied his or her rights.
Apply today for more information.
INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS IN THE LAND COLUMBUS LOVED BEST.
This is SAS/GUANIN, In, program. SAS's Internship Program
places graduate students and undergraduates, who have completed
or are in the process of completing their programs of study,
in internship positions in the Dominican Republic, on the
Caribbean island of Hispaniola, the island that Christopher
Columbus said was “the most beautiful in the world.
This is a year-round program for indivual and groups, we
offer placement for interns in a wide variety of fields. Every
year we receive 5 different unversities and more than 30 individuals
to our program.
SAS/Guanin Center, Inc., offers great volunteer
opportunities for groups or individuals. We offer a way to
discover the Dominican culture, past and present, on our custom
designed trips, a way that will coincide with class curriculum
while safely immersing students into the diverse Dominican
lifestyle. Our goal is for the students or groups to get involved
in projects that will have a monumental, long-term impact
on the children and the communities that they serve.
The community of La
Piedra is located in the Municipality of Guerra, Santo
Domingo Province, Dominican Republic, an hour and a half to
the East of the National District and half an hour North of
the Las Américas Airport. The community of La Piedra is divided
into three sectors, with a total population of approximately
5,000 inhabitants. Our Community Center is located in La Piedra
1, where we currently offer educational programs and an After
School program for 200 kids, a food program for 200 people
a day Monday through Friday, a liiteracy program for 70 adults
for 2 years, My Roof program, where more than 5 families got
their houses fixed and rebuilt, and basic health-care services
to 1,300+ patients from both La Piedra 1 and La Piedra 2.
We do have several orphanages we sponsor in Santo Domingo
such as Madre Vieja and Palenque in San Cristóbal. We also
do activities with kids with HIV in Boca Chica.
We work in association with over 20 clubs located in 12 communities´
service locations across the Dominican Republic. We
are promoting sports such as soccer, field hockey, baseball,
softball, basketball and volleyball. In the future we want
to include arts, cycling, swimming, etc. We provide tennis
shoes, gloves, bats, baseballs, basketballs and other sports
supplies to the community.
In the last 3 years we have been working with 5 different
Universities from the USA, in Sports Programs and Sport Medicine.
We work with Townson University, 17 students and 2 faculty,
January 2011; Immaculata University, 12 students and 2 faculty,
January 2012; Indianapolis University, 12 students and 3 faculty,
March 2012; Juniata College, 17 students, 2 faculty and 3
mothers, March 2013; and Howard University, 11 students and
2 faculty, July 2013.
Today, Centro Cultural Guanin, Inc. is dedicated to ensuring
that they are giving every opportunity to the youth to develop
to their full potential and to develop safer and healthier
Our work is really growing which demonstrates that community-based
sports program based in Centro Guanin contributes to the awareness
and preventive solutions to alcohol and drug problems by not
accepting and not promoting excessive drinking and providing
appropriate role models for young people.
Read more ...............
After school program
This program after and before school is directed to the children
aged 3 to 14 years old. The idea of the program is to cover
the deficiency of the formal school system in the DR. Although
some of our kids are in advanced grade levels, they don´t
know how to read and write properly. The purpose of the after
and before school program is to provide a safe environment
in which we can promote, support, and enhance all areas of
a child's learning and development.
In the Community of la Piedra we provide one meal a day
for 200 kids and adults and a balance of prevention, educational,
social and recreational opportunities in fun and playful ways,
from Monday through Friday.
200 people in the community
100 boys and girls, from 3 to 14 years old, with scarce
100 adults of the community
Cost of the Program per year:
- US $ 10,000
This is a year-round program.
Fall: Mid-August to December
Winter: January to March
Spring: March to End of June
Literacy programs for youths and adults
This a 2 year program sponsored by the Dominican Goverrment
and the Ministry of Education.
At our Guanin Center, in the community of la Piedra, we
provide class for 70 adults, in groups of students, twice
a week and 6 hours per week classes. This program is running
every day, from Monday to Sunday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in
the Community of la Piedra. Read
Summer Camp programs
This is a free program for the kids of la Piedra.
This a seasonal program for youth from ages 3 to 14 focusing
on recreational activities, personal growth and social skills.
With many having previously failed in public schools, the
camp provides an opportunity for children to learn about their
environment, culture and peers through experimental learning
and educational excursions.
This is a hands on experience. Most of the children are discovering
and developing respect for their community and themselves
for the first time. They will be able to learn arts, sports,
math, English, etc.
We do work in partnership with SAS.
Free Summer Camp 2012
- 150 kids, betwen 5 to 14 years old
- 6 weeks, from Monday to Friday
- Cost. US $ 12,893.25
Health, Medical assistance program
SAS/Guanín is a third-party program provider in terms of
the services we provide here in the Dominican Republic to
Medical School and University professors and student groups
that come for hands-on medical/nursing/therapy experience.
We offer great opportunities for the pre-med students of Medicine,
Nursing, Public Health and other Health care professionals
to get hands-on experience for international practicum, cross-cultural
training, volunteer service or to approve your Spanish language
and Spanish Medical Terminology as part of our total immersion
We work directly with our own community clinic and several
public and private hospitals in the Dominican Republic. This
project is directed to communities in all the vulnerable and
frontier zones of the Dominican Republic and the Republic
of Haiti (the two countries that share the island of Hispaniola),
and has as its objective to educate and bring to the public´s
awareness the dangers of HIV/AIDS, its transmission, treatment,
and preventative measures.
Per week: $ 450.00 per student.
- General orientation to the country, culture, economy,
politics, people, and medical facilities, health and safety
precautions. Tour of historical site, cultural lecture by
Dr. Lynne Guitar, Ph.D
- Clinical Observations: Monday through Thursday
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Clinical and hospital observation-
10-12 hours Medical observation per week.
2 times per week, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Sports medicine -field
experience at gym and rehabilitation clinic for occupational
therapy students. Speech Pathology field practice will include
speech, language, and hearing screenings.
3 hours activity per week
- Lectures and Seminars: 2 times each week, 4:00
PM to 5:00 PM. Medical and Spanish classes; Guest Speakers-
doctors and specialists in health education, disability,
rehabilitation services, access to healthcare services,
nutrition, anatomy, sport medicine and biomechanics of exercise.
- Service-Learning Project: Friday 8:00 to 2:00 PM,
Medical Mission at the Community Center-6 hours field work
- Cultural and Leisure Activities: Tour of city
and cultural and historic sites; Hiking trip to Jarabacoa
Saturday, Trip to beach, trip to the south part of the country,
Independencia province, National Park los Haitises, etc.
Accommodation in hotel:
2 students per room: USD $ 245.00 per week per student with
Accommodation in host family: USD $ 175.00 per
week per student, 2 meal included.
Meal: USD $ 100.00 per
week per student with 2 meals included
Women's Club program
The details for this program are soon to come.