Hear the reflections of some of our teacher chaperones and school administrators

“Dream Volunteers sets teachers up for success in every way possible. They cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’ from the moment you leave the states until the moment you return. Communication is impeccable and I felt that the safety of my group was always the first priority. Every individual I spoke with and encountered along the way was knowledgeable, respectful, and most importantly, passionate about the work they are doing.”

Ms. Card

Middle School Math Teacher (Woodside Middle School, CA), Costa Rica 2019

“Dream Volunteers is a great partner. Theirs is truly a different way to travel and has changed how our students see the world and their roles in it. It is thrilling to be able to offer our students this kind of experience … and to do so with confidence and peace of mind, knowing that Dream Volunteers is there looking after all the details.”

Mr. Purcell

Head of Keys Middle School (Palo Alto, CA)

“The staff in Costa Rica was highly professional and skilled. I was able to deepen my mentoring relationship with students, while being an active participant in their personal development. I received phone calls, emails, and texts that were supportive and coached me through the process of being a safe, prepared, and effective leader who had strong communication skills with student families.”

Mr. Gravelle-Izaguirre

9th Grade World History Teacher (Summit Schools, Redwood City, CA), Costa Rica 2018 & 2019

“I spent a week in Guatemala with students from my school and Dream Volunteers. The experience was well planned and well organized from beginning to end. Brian and his team made sure that students understood the nature and importance of the work, as well as factors contributing to the obstacles regularly encountered by the local population. Brian’s in-depth knowledge of the area and of the people who live there made this a rich and personal experience for all of us; we were able to meet and hear the amazing stories of folks who benefit directly from the work that Dream Volunteers does. The experience in Guatemala with Dream Volunteers not only enabled us all to carry away a life changing experience – it fueled a desire to do more.”

Mr. Morris

Asst. Head of Upper School, Woodside Priory (Woodside, CA)

“I was honored to be part of the community bonfire and farewell. Homestay families, Young Dreamers, community members, and program participants were eating, playing games, and making music together under the stars.  Teachers and students alike read letters they had written in gratitude (in Spanish) to their homestay families around the bonfire. Even in our short program, we had created meaningful relationships and authentic bonds with local community members.  None of us expected that in a single week, this bond was possible. This type of immersive cultural experience, not as a tourist, but as a participant in meaningful global education, is transformative. We left the program with a better understanding of each other, our various cultures, and ourselves.”

Ms. Parker

HS Biology Teacher, Woodside Priory (Woodside, CA)

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