Dominica is an island with many outdoor adventures, and like many countries, it is a great place to volunteer. The organization Ready, Willing…Enable! (RWE) is providing help to children with disabilities on this Caribbean island.
Its headquarters is in the U.S.—so preparing a trip is much easier than in other organizations. Volunteers who come to Dominica can help out at Ready, Willing…Enable! partner organizations like the Special Olympics, the Dominica Association of People with Disabilities, and the Alpha Canter—the main school for children with disabilities in Dominica.
One volunteer, Carlos Borrego, a middle school teacher from San Antonio, Texas, shared his experiences with the organization, telling Ready, Willing…Enable! why he has volunteered with the organization for seven years.
“I want to give students a chance to do things they never thought possible,” Carlos told the organization when asked what brings him back.
The two founders Edwin Blanton and Jennifer Catron met while serving on a mission for the United States Peace Corps. Both Blanton and Catron live in Texas where they run the organization, sending volunteers down to one of the 10 camp sessions that have served almost 100 campers.
According to the website, “During the program, campers complete craft projects with counselors, learn basic skills—like cooking and brushing their teeth—to help them in their day-to-day lives, sing songs and play instruments, as well as socializing with one another.”
Volunteers can help work with the children, teaching them how to interact with others and socialize in their day-to-day lives. They can also help from back home in America, working to spread the word at San Antonio-based functions.
Each year RWE hosts a gala called “Date-for-a-Change,” with all proceeds from the silent and live auctions going toward the organization. Volunteers can also sponsor a camp session, which will help the organization purchase all the supplies that go into hosting a session.
For more information or to volunteer visit their website.
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By Alyssa Caverley for PeterGreenberg.com