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Global Potential is a non-profit program that seeks to help out the needy in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. They send students to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua for six weeks in the summer to help with community problems and projects.

Global Potential Participant Volunteers Abroad in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic

Marianny is a student at seeking to raise funds to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Nicaragua or The Dominican Republic to carry out community development work for six-weeks in a rural village with a team of other students from marginalized and urban neighborhoods of Boston and New York.

Marianny is volunteering with Global Potential (GP), the famous flagship project of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, called Globalhood, Inc. GP is a youth leadership development and social entrepreneurship program for low-income, urban youth, ages 15 to 25, from Boston and New York City. Young leaders participate in Global Potential’s programming over the course of a year and a half. To begin, they are engaged in 6 months of intensive workshops, leading up to a 1.5 months of field placement in a rural village in the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua. They then receive 10 months of follow-up in achieving personal, academic, and local community-based engagement goals. Young people work in solidarity with each other and their host communities in order to create innovative solutions to poverty and to generate opportunities for intercultural exchange.
“Global Potential’s model is to partner with educators and urban schools in order to help young people experience immersive and transformative projects and increase confidence and leadership skills,” said Boston-based Deputy Director, Sarah Gogel, “It also helps to explore across boundaries and assumptions, create concrete benefits for, and lifelong relationships with the international communities where they work and identify and meet local community needs through the creation of social entrepreneurship projects.”
Marianny is looking to raise $300 over the next two months for her participation in Global Potential. This amount will help goes toward the total cost per youth of 2000, that includes international transport to her placement, education on the culture and issues facing the community, homestay fees, small stipends for experienced and professional support staff, all meals and water, in-country transportation, local and incoming international phone calls and internet usage, a 24-hour emergency hotline, medical care, comprehensive travel medical insurance, tourist fees, community projects, site visits, first aid supplies.

Founded in 2007, GP has worked with 75 youth, in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Washington Heights, and has taken 44 of them to live for with families in isolated, rural villages called ‘Bateys’ in the southwest DR, near the Haitian border, usually for 1.5 months. While abroad, GP’s students engage in internships with local leaders, and as teams have successfully worked on projects such as: the creation of murals, 2 municipal censuses, and community clean-up and HIV testing campaigns, construction of a classroom that fits over 120 students, 500 ft of sidewalk, and 2 community gardens and creation of 5 short documentaries about the Bateys which have won famous awards like the Plural Plus, the Tribeca Film Institute and Human Rights Watch. In 2010, GP has initiated a pilot project with 12 youth in Boston, MA, which Marianny is participating in at the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. Simultaneously, our New York team has recruited 24 youth who will be mixed with the Boston youth during the summer. This summer, GP is also starting a pilot program in a rural village of Nicaragua where some of the youth will be working and living.

For more information on how to help sponsor Marianny’s Global Potential experience, you can email her at or go to to make a secure payment, where you will need to enter her email address.

For more information contact:
Marianny Martinez

For more information about Global Potential, contact:
Sarah Gogel, 917 450 0993
Global Potential, a project of Globalhood, Inc.

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