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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Adriana425
Springfield, MA143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Wellington
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Larry C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Rebecca
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mekayla W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
I came here for a study abroad trip.I am a student at Georgia State University. Dove youth development was the best experience ever. The children and staff are so sweet. They are patient and understanding towards those who speak minimal English. I got to help ensure children get exposed to English and to help develop their understanding of the language. Dove is a great organization and I love what they are doing for the community. Helping as many kids as possible, Dove is a great program to ensure children are staying safe and gaining knowledge outside of school. Can’t wait to come back! Thank you Dove for this wonderful, life changing experience. I will never forget this and will bring many more friends next time !!
Written May 14, 2024
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Cinzia
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
One of my intentions for 2023 was to find an organization whose mission I could wholeheartedly commit to. I am grateful to have found Dove Youth Development in Puerto Plata. After spending the last few weeks getting to know the amazing people who run the centre, educators, founder and the children, they have captured my heart. My desire is that Dove does the same for you. One child at a time, we can make an impact 🕊️❤️
Written February 5, 2023
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Thank you for sharing your heartfelt experience with Dove Youth Development in Puerto Plata. Your connection with the staff, educators, founder, and the children is truly inspiring. Your commitment to Dove's mission is commendable, and we appreciate your belief in making a positive impact, one child at a time. Your review is a testament to the power of collective efforts and the potential for change. Thank you for encouraging others to support Dove Youth Development. We hope your journey with Dove continues to be rewarding and filled with meaningful connections.
Written June 7, 2023
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JaRiah M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thank you for sharing your life-changing experience at Dove Youth Development. We're thrilled to hear that your visit has had such a profound and positive impact on you. Connecting deeply with a group of young people and embracing the mission of DYD is truly remarkable. It's heartening to know that you felt honored to meet every person you encountered during your time there, and that their hospitality, warmth, and spirit left a lasting impression. Your gratitude and support for Dove Youth Development shine through your words. We sincerely hope that you have the opportunity to visit again and continue fostering those connections. In the meantime, your unwavering support in any way you can is invaluable. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these incredible young individuals. Thank you for sharing your transformative experience, and we wish you continued fulfillment in your journey with Dove
Written June 7, 2023
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Olivia A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thank you for sharing your incredible experience at Dove Youth Development. It's truly heartwarming to hear how your time there pushed you out of your comfort zone, allowing you to immerse yourself in a different culture. The kindness of the people and the warmth of the children at Dove have left a lasting impression on you. The positive and uplifting energy radiated by the children is truly remarkable. It's evident that Dove provides a safe and nurturing environment where kids can freely express themselves, explore their interests, and build meaningful relationships. The hope and optimism that permeate the organization are truly inspiring. Your encouragement for others to visit and meet these beautiful souls speaks volumes about the profound impact Dove Youth Development has on both children and those who have the privilege of interacting with them. Thank you for sharing your transformative experience and spreading the word about this incredible organization.
Written June 7, 2023
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Linda F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Dove Youth Development is changing lives, one child at a time. It also changed our lives. Seeing how these sweet and appreciative children behave despite their circumstances and living conditions reinforced our sense of privilege.
Thank you for allowing us into your world and spending time teaching English to these eager children.
Written March 17, 2024
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Lyss H
Toronto, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thank you for sharing your recent volunteer experience at Dove Youth Development. We're thrilled to hear that you and your aunts had a wonderful time visiting. The children left a lasting impression on you, and it's heartwarming to know that they are benefiting tremendously from the center's programs. Your recommendation for others to visit or volunteer is greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit!
Written June 7, 2023
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