The receiving community is one of the fundamental elements of DVI. It can be a community of Dominican nuns, friars, sisters or laity that invites Dominican volunteers to assist and sustain their mission project. There are Dominican communities present in approximately 100 countries. The communities that have requested volunteers are dispersed around 15 countries of the world.
The volunteer does not realize his/her mission alone, but in solidarity. When a Dominican community or group, religious or lay, is interested in sharing their mission with a DVI volunteer, consensual decisions are important.
That is why we emphasize in DVI the selection of the most appropriate community according to the characteristics of the volunteer. It's also why we insist that the DVI volunteers be persons who are capable of teamwork, able to be open, to welcome, accept and learn from "the other", from what is "different" (culture, race, ways of thinking, etc.)
The Dominican communities who wish to receive volunteers need to complete a form (available in four languages) with information about the project, the characteristics of the community, the expenses that they will cover. The receiving communities should respect these expressed commitments.
The DVI international team has the responsibility of seeking potential receiving communities through direct dialogue with interested persons, the general promoters of the Dominican Family, and in communication at international assemblies (DSI, JP, Laity), and regional Dominican organizations (CIDALC, CODALC, IAOP, etc.). When the communities present their formal request for a volunteer, they are placed on the web site as available receiving communities.
There is always a reference person for the volunteer in the receiving community. Communication with the DVI team is with this reference person.