On September 18, 2017, the worst natural disaster in the history of Dominica ravaged this small island nation. With wind gales as strong as 160 mph, Hurricane Maria blasted through the country, damaging 90% of all structures and knocking out all power, water and telecoms.
Our team is now stepping in to help with one of the island’s greatest recovery needs - getting children back to school by rebuilding the Paix Bouche Primary School. The school provides education for four communities and has been consistently recognized for significantly impacting national development over the last 50 years. All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response will retrofit the entire school with disaster resistant walls and roof and repair the interiors of the buildings, the electrical system, a computer lab, the playground and all the outdoor fencing.
When complete the new school will provide a safe, disaster-resilient school for 78 students and projected to help be more than 260 children over the next 10 years. It will also serve as a place of refuge, when the next hurricane inevitably comes, for over 900 community members given its disaster resilient design.
Volunteering with All Hands and Hearts is completely free, and we provide accommodation and meals for each work day. No construction experience is required, and each site is supervised by a trained site supervisor or team leader to ensure that volunteers have a fun, safe and positive experience.
- Disaster Response
- Disaster Cleanup
- Teaching / Instruction
- Civil Engineering
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 16
- We accept volunteers on a rolling basis.
- Day volunteers must be 16 or older and residential volunteers must be 18 or older.