Who are Holy Child Volunteers?

Volunteers are lay individuals who share in Christ’s mission and the mission of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, which is “to help others to believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world, and to rejoice in God’s presence.”

Every year, qualified volunteers are selected to work in the mission’s school as teachers. They provide a high-quality education to the children of Batey Lecheria and live in community with the Holy Child Sisters. Through their work and by focusing on the needs of others, they grow personally, spiritually, and professionally.

Whom do you serve at the mission site?

The mission is located in the Dominican Republic in an area called Batey Lecheria, which is home to thousands of Haitian immigrants. The mission includes both a school and a medical clinic. Annually, we serve 400 children and teens at our school and nearly 12,000 individuals at our clinic. Read more about our work.

Who is eligible to be a Holy Child Volunteer?

Volunteers must be college graduates and at least 21 years old. Volunteers must be proficient in Spanish (both writing and speaking) and willing to live in a faith-based community comprised of religious sisters and other volunteers where household duties are shared.

What is the length of service for Holy Child Volunteers?

Holy Child Volunteers typically serve from August to June, although we have made exceptions and allowed for shorter commitments if we know about them during the application process. Some volunteers wish to stay beyond 11 months, which they can discuss with the Program Director at the end of their first year.

Do I need to know Spanish to volunteer?

Yes, Spanish is essential. Most people we serve in the Dominican Republic speak both Spanish and Creole. If you do not know Spanish, you need to learn it before you arrive in the Dominican Republic. The ability to speak Creole is not necessary, but certainly helps.

How do I apply?

Please contact our Holy Child Volunteers Coordinator to express interest and set up a phone or Skype conversation. The volunteer coordinator will then direct you to the remaining steps, which include an on-line application. She can be reached at 312-925-5729 or holychildvolunteers@shcj.org.

I didn’t study Education in college. Can I still apply?

Absolutely! We encourage volunteers of all majors and backgrounds to apply.

Are Holy Child Volunteers compensated?

Each month, volunteers are reimbursed for some of their basic personal expenses. They also are given room, board, and medical insurance.

How is your mission connected with Fe y Alegria?

We are closely associated with Fe y Alegria (Faith and Joy), an organization sponsored by the Jesuits that provides educational opportunities for poor children in the Dominican Republic and many other Latin American countries.

More than 20 years ago, we started our work in the Dominican Republic by serving in the nearby Fe y Alegria school as teachers, aides, and librarians. In 1998, Fe y Alegria asked us to concentrate our efforts in Batey Lecheria, where we have focused our energies ever since.

Still have questions?

Contact us at 312-925-5729 or holychildvolunteers@shcj.org.