Dove Youth Development
Dove Youth Development
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Dove Youth Development is a non-profit organization that offers a safe & organized way to volunteer with youth while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. Giving Back Will Change YOUR Life ​ Serving with DOVE makes a difference in the lives of children, while providing the opportunity to truly embrace and understand a new culture. ​ The children benefit by volunteers helping them improve their English skills and by feeling supported by volunteers. Check out our website for the different ways you can help!
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Wellington
1 contribution
May 2021 • Friends
This past Memorial Day Weekend, myself and a group of friends of mine, travelled to the Dominican Republic where we spent time with the children we sponsor through Dove. We led educational activities with the children and then played outside. As it was my first time at Dove’s, the children were very excited to see a new face. They were eager to learn about who I was and what I do. The most rewarding part of the trip for me was hearing how much of an impact our involvement means to their families with the monthly food baskets and the hope that it brings. I can’t wait to return to the Dove Youth Development center!!
Written April 11, 2022
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Thank you so much for your review. Our kids love visitors they want to know where our visitors are from, what their hobbies are and even their favorite food!
Written April 21, 2022
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JaRiah M
2 contributions
Jan 2023
Visiting Dove Youth Development has changed my life for the better. I have never connected so quickly to a group of young people and the mission on DYD in my life. I felt honored to meet every person I could because of their hospitality, warmth, and overall spirit. I hope to have the opportunity to visit again. Until then, I will support in any way I can <3!
Written January 18, 2023
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Rebecca
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Friends
I was introduced to this amazing program through a friend and it has forever changed my life! Dove Youth Development is like no other. On my initial visit I moved and was humbled by the acceptance and kindness I was shown by the children and staff. Not only does this program help the children learn English and other basic life skills, but provides a safe haven. This is such an important community outreach to these children and I am proud to say that I am apart of this amazing program. If you are ever in Puerto Plata come to Dove! I promise you it will be the best decision you make.
Written April 11, 2022
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We are so happy you took the time to share how much Dove has inspired you and changed your life. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and encouraging others to volunteer!
Written April 21, 2022
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Olivia A
1 contribution
Jan 2023
Beyond being pushed out of my comfort zone and getting to experience a different culture, I was amazed by the kindness of the people and the warmth of the children at Dove. The children radiate such positive and uplifting energy. They are filled with so much love and joy. This organization provides kids with a safe outlet to express themselves and feel safe exploring their interests and making long-lasting relationships. Dove Youth Development is truly brimming with so much hope and optimism. These children and the staff will change your life for the better. I encourage everyone to stop by and meet these beautiful souls.
Written January 23, 2023
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Larry C
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
While vacationing in the Dominican Republic, we learned through friends of a wonderful organization called Dove Missions and their child sponsorship program. Just over two years ago we began sponsoring a child and have exchanged photos and notes with the mission and the young man we sponsor. On a recent trip we took advantage of the opportunity to visit Dove Mission.  We did not know what to expect but quickly found what they do and the love they have for the children is amazing!  The children are learning English, computer skills, arts and crafts and being prepared for adulthood, in addition to that they help support the family of each child with the basic food staples.
This visit was the highlight of our trip. The opportunity to spend time with the young man we sponsor, seeing the love and appreciation in his eyes, left our hearts full. We are grateful, not only for the staff at Dove, but for the children that they serve. We will continue to be engaged with and visit Dove Mission any time we are in the DR. Next time you are in the Dominican Republic make arrangements to visit Dove Mission, it will be life changing.

Sponsorship is needed for so many more children.
Written November 27, 2021
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Dear Larry Thank you very much for sharing your amazing review, and it was an absolute pleasure for us to welcome you through our doors at Dove Youth Development. We are enormously grateful to you for your support and sponsorship. It was a very exciting and emotional day that will be remembered for years to come by many. We appreciate you giving insight into our mission and your heartfelt recommendation to others, and it very true as you say, sponsorship is needed for so many more children. Thank you once again, and we welcome you back to Dove Youth Development with open arms.
Written December 1, 2021
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Lyss H
Toronto, Canada22 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
Today myself and my aunts visited Dove Youth Development for a volunteer experience. They offer a wonderful experience from the cruise ships to pay a fee and show us around. The children were absolutely wonderful. They are learning so much from this centre that is tremendously valuable for them and their families. I recommend everyone come and visit or set up a volunteer experience. Liz was amazing at explaining Dominican culture and any questions we had. I will be back on my next visit here 100 percent!!! ❤️ you kiddies!!!
Written January 13, 2023
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Hana S
1 contribution
Jan 2023
I've traveled abroad many times but Dove Youth Development made my abroad experience the most meaningful it's ever been. I will always remember dancing and hanging out with the kids and learning about Puerto Plata from the staff. Walking through the barrios was immensely impactful. I can't recommend volunteering for at least a half day. This will change your life!!!
Written January 9, 2023
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Adriana425
Springfield, MA153 contributions
Jan 2020
I cannot stress enough how wonderful this place is. Boys and girls from the poor barrios are able to get off the streets and learn English and other life skills. Martina does a great job organizing activities for the kids. She and the other 3 employees truly care about all those who pass through their doors each day. Teresa teaches lessons that are fun and informative, with help from Nemesis. These three ladies show their love and devotion for all the youngsters by giving lots of encouragement.
I love volunteering at Dove. I always feel welcome, with high fives and hugs from everyone. The children are interesting in learning new subjects and meeting new people. I go to Dove every time I'm in Puerto Plata.
Written February 20, 2020
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Abby L.
8 contributions
Jan 2023
I had the privilege to work and volunteer with Dove Youth Development with my graduate program. I absolutely adored spending time with the kids and learning more about the resources Dove gives. The staff members were SO welcoming and I admire their passion to help these children. They were all so excited and thankful for us to come and help.
Written January 9, 2023
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Sherri S
Larkspur, CA1 contribution
Jan 2022
Spending a couple of hours at Dove Youth Development was the highlight of my visit to Puerta Plata! I learned about the country and how to say a few words in Espanol! The teachers and staff at Dove are amazing! The best part was spending time with the kids. We helped make Valentine cards for the children to give to each other! I am so thankful that I found out about this volunteer opportunity on the Dove Youth Development website! Doveyouthdevelopment.org.
Written February 7, 2022
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The staff and kids at Dove Youth Development appreciate the time you took to volunteer.
Written March 22, 2022
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