Experiential and Service-Learning Program Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: $700-750 USD/month dependent on experience




Calle Mella

Dominican Republic


Yspaniola is a Dominican-American education nonprofit, building a model of high quality education programs in Batey Libertad, Dominican Republic, from pre-kindergarten through university. After creating successful programs in Batey Libertad, our goal is to replicate our model in other bateys and marginalized communities in the Dominican Republic. Currently, Yspaniola’s academic programming includes the operation of a Learning Center, a University Scholarship Program, and Experiential and Service-Learning Program. Yspaniola serves over 150 students ages 3 to 17, along with 3 college students from Batey Libertad. Yspaniola’s mission is to provide graduates of our programs the tools they need to successfully advocate for themselves and their communities.

A key component of our strategy is to include international students and graduates in our programs. Yspaniola operates experiential learning trips for high school, university, and graduate students. These trips provide a way for students to create connections directly with people in Batey Libertad and learn about issues facing batey residents. In the past, we have hosted students from the US, Mexico, Canada, and France. Yspaniola believes that creating international support for education and human rights in bateys is essential to create lasting change.

Yspaniola seeks an Experiential and Service-Learning Program Coordinator to promote Yspaniola’s Experiential and Service-Learning Program, and plan and manage experiential and service-learning trips. This entry-level position provides a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic individual with excellent attention to detail to work in an exciting, community-focused role. The position reports to the Director of Operations and the Executive Director. It requires a 2-year commitment, ideally beginning in early October 2018.

The Experiential Learning and Service-Learning Program Coordinator will:

a. Work with Yspaniola’s Local Management Team to organize the logistics of all experiential and service-learning trips and directly manage all trips while in country

b. Handle all pre-arrival and post-trip communication with trip leaders and participants, including providing a pre-arrival curriculum and fundraising information

c. Conduct program evaluation and reporting to the Director of Operations

d. Liaise with the local team and community members to establish strong community relations and organize logistics with members of the Yspaniola youth committee and host families 

e. Manage trip budgets and financial reporting

f. Support the Director of Development to increase fundraised income from experiential and service-learning trips, and promote long-term alumni engagement

g. Conduct outreach to universities, high schools, and student groups to seek new collaborations and future experiential learning trips

i. Oversee the recruitment process for volunteers and support their integration into Batey Libertad and our education programs

j. Maintain contact with local and international program partner organizations and assist in the organization of visits to Yspaniola’s programs for guests and partners

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish and English
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • 1 year of related experience, ideally in an international context
  • Experience planning and managing student trips or groups
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse environment or with low-income communities
  • Experience working with youth is a plus
  • Effective communication skills with a demonstrated high level of cross cultural sensitivity and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A sense of humor and high level of flexibility
  • Commitment to Yspaniola’s vision and values
  • Familiarity with French or Haitian Creole is a plus


Local salary of $700-750 USD/month (depending on experience) with international benefits, including:

Health insurance in the Dominican Republic

Housing for the first 6 months

Flight stipend

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent English and Spanish

Experience with French or Haitian Creole a plus

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the details of two professional or academic references to jobs@yspaniola.org. Include "Experiential and Service-Learning Program Coordinator" and your last name in the subject of the email. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Application deadline: Friday, August 17th, 2018 at 5pm EST