This versatile experience and observation program gives insight into all aspects of running the Aldeas de Paz Foundation.
This program is focused on those who are interested in starting their own charity or want hands-on experience in working in an NGO.
Volunteers and interns observe and assist the coordinator with office work, as well as in-community project support, administrative work and the coordination and supervision of community programs.
The NGO volunteers / interns also help ensure the well-being of our volunteers and their full integration into various programs offered, as well as into the social life of the community.
The foundation relies on NGO volunteers / interns to ensure smooth operations and therefore requires flexible volunteers.
Direct work with our primary beneficiaries is an essential part of the work of Aldeas de Paz, so the NGO volunteers / interns are also expected to participate in foundation-wide events and activities involving our beneficiaries.
What to expect
The NGO Administration volunteers & interns observe and assist the Coordinator with office work, as well as in-community project support and administrative work and the coordination and supervision of community programs.
The NGO Management volunteer / intern will furthermore help to ensure the wellbeing of our volunteers and their full integration into various programs offered, as well as into the social life in Samaná.
Activities for advanced Spanish speakers
Working on public relation projects designed to mobilize community support. These include, but are not limited to : radio broadcasts, participating in neighbourhood council meetings, writing bulletins / columns, organizing community projects, working with locals to find new volunteer opportunities, translate newsletters and website information into Spanish.
No previous experience or special skills are required. A typical NGO administration and management volunteer and intern needs to be enthusiastic, willing to learn, ready for a challenge and has to have a desire to take initiative in coordinating a group of volunteers and daily tasks.
Friendliness, care, commitment and patience are among important qualities. The ideal volunteer would have a passion for development aid, some experience in international volunteering and a desire to help other volunteers to have a great stay with us.
Activities that a volunteer can participate in are entirely dependent on motivation and previous experience. Staff and other volunteers will support the participant.
Basic conversational Spanish is very helpful for some activities but even without knowledge of the Spanish language, there is lots of work to do.
To enable deeper integration into the community we provide free Spanish classes on a weekly basis, full support and 24 / 7 backup.
We ask you to bring your laptop as well as a pen drive with you as flexibility regarding your working environment is necessary.
Volunteer Placement or Internship
Most of our participants join as volunteers and are free to commit from between 10 to 40 hours per week. That's up to you! As an intern, however you probably have to fulfill requirements set by your school or university.
Please inform us of your school or university internship requirements in advance so that we can work out your personalized work plan together.
Also tell us about your personal expectations and goals and we will see how we can help you achieve them.
Availability : This program is ongoing throughout the whole year
Time Commitment : A minimum of 2 weeks commitment is required
Placement Location : Samana
Financial Contribution & Benefits
Aldeas de Paz works hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and to offer financial transparency by practicing an open book policy.
The calculation of your financial contribution or donation is set up so that the longer you stay the less you give per week.
We do this to encourage longer stays, recognizing that longer stays lead to more significant volunteer work and more energy contributed in the form of donated time in place of money! The minimum contribution starts at €140 per week and includes Spanish language classes, double room at one of our fully equipped guesthouse apartments, a special program donation as well as a personal welcome service and pick-up at the airport, transfer to the bus, bus fare and free transfer to your placement location in Las Terrenas or Samana.
If you wish a single room upgrade add €50 per week and an all in Host Family homestay upgrade is €150 per week, including a private bedroom and two meals per day.
For more information about costs and benefits check out our webpage .
What is included
Spanish language classes : Volunteers and interns receive free language lessons every week. The classes focus on developing communication skills so that students are able to put their knowledge to practical use as soon as they step outside the classroom.
Our teaching method enables students to develop four basic skills : listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.
The idea is to learn Spanish in a natural and spontaneous way, just as students have learned their mother tongue. Our students are encouraged to speak Spanish right from the very first day, using it in typical real-life situations : the basic syllabus is supplemented by special exercises, such as role-play, situational dialogues and work projects.
Outside the classroom, the learning process continues as you are immersed in the Spanish language and the Dominican culture.
Activities can include but are not limited to
Aldeas de Paz is a sustainable and transparent grass-roots NGO based in Santa Barbara de Samaná and Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic.
We are independent from political, religious or business interests and maintain independence by completely funding and operating our programs with the practical and monetary contributions of volunteers and interns.
We are a youth oriented organization with the purpose of educating, mentoring, inspiring and empowering young people. We aim to develop their potentials and help them to create opportunities for them and their community through our educational programs and recreational activities.
We promote children rights and equal opportunities for all.
We promote a Culture of Peace through enriching cross-cultural exchange for people of all cultural backgrounds and nationalities and we practice voluntary community service where we provide additional opportunities in education, sports, health care and skill training.
We assist our beneficiaries in developing their potential and improving their own lives.
Offering volunteers and interns the great opportunity to work side by side with locals, learn new skills, study Spanish and immerse themselves in the Latin and Caribbean culture.
We share the values of peace, justice and tolerance, fundamentally focusing on the preservation of cultural values and the empowerment of young people while valuing local knowledge and working with cultural sensitivity.
Our volunteer opportunities are truly the microcosm of a world where people join together giving priority to improving life for humanity and promoting a Culture of Peace as a practical way to both prevent and resolve conflict.