Diving & Marine Conservation Internship

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founded in 2001
Fundacion Aldeas de Paz
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Coordinator | Manfred
Coordinator | Manfred
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High­lights

Become a skillful ecology diver and help protect marine environment. Even if you do not have previous experience you will obtain important diving qualifications and gain insight!
Walk away with professional diving certifications and amazing experiences in one of the world’s most beautiful marine environment! This is a great opportunity to protect the marine environment.
Experience the Dominican style of live and chill by the rhythm of Caribbean music!
Gain Spanish fluency with the help of our free Spanish classes and share daily life with locals!
Enjoy the gorgeous beaches of Samana, climb the mountain peaks of pico Duarte and visit historical sites in Santo Domingos' colonial town!
Obtain important marine ecology diving qualification, work at a diving center and assist with marine environmental restoration activities, and invasive-species control This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

DIVING & MARINE CONSERVATION - Become a skillful ecological diver and help protect the beautiful caribbean marine environment

Program Description
Your diving training starts at zero and will lead you through the first level “Open Water Diver” with the PADI diving school and the specialty training "Coral Reef Conservation". If you already are an Open Water Diver (OWD) or equivalent we will credit you a discount of 200 Euro or Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) certification! We also offer upgrades for Rescue Diver or Dive Master or a number of specialties. You will gain valuable and life-changing experiences with this exciting diving internship where you will learn to dive while protecting marine flora and fauna. Even if you don't have any diving experience, you will obtain important diving skills, while also gaining an insight and save the marine environment! Walk away with professional diving certifications and amazing experiences in one of the world's most beautiful marine environments! Samaná Bay is a significant breeding ground and nursery area for humpback whales from all over the North Atlantic and the most important multi-species fishing ground in the DR. While tourism is an important economic activity its impact on sensitive coastal-marine ecosystems is of particular concern. A major portion of environmental degradation in coastal areas is attributed to large-scale hotel developments in areas of high biodiversity and unregulated tour activities that put at risk reproduction sites for whales and turtles. Las Terrenas, as a coastal village, presents different ecosystems important for their ecosystem services: mangroves, seagrass meadows and coral reefs. This area is unfortunately subject to many anthropogenic pressures by deforestation and contamination which damage these ecosystems, in turn reducing their resilience and increasing their vulnerability to tropical storms.

Volunteer placement, apprenticeship or internship You can join this program as a volunteer, apprentice or intern. As a volunteer you are free to commit any number of hours per week. That's up to you! As an apprentice or 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. We are happy to give students academic credit or provide a report outlining the learning outcomes and deliverables achieved during the placement.

Requirements
No previous experience required to participate in the program. A typical volunteer or intern should be interested in diving and protecting flora, fauna and marine-life in general. He or she needs to be of good health, enthusiastic, proactive, willing to learn and ready for a challenge. You are welcome to bring your own personal wetsuit (3mm long or short sleeves), mask, snorkel and fins with you (can also be locally lent or purchased). The rest of scuba diving equipment is provided by the program! This program requires five flexible working days per week. (it is not a typical Monday to Friday week) Besides diving activities you are expected to fulfill scheduled working hours of non-diving related conservation work and educational activities like environmental awareness raising activities. We expect that interns adapt to program needs with flexibility, responsibility, commitment, patience and perseverance, among other significant qualities. The work can be quite demanding but is always very rewarding and varied. Physical fitness is important, no Spanish language skills are required. Starting dates are the 1. and 3. Monday of every month throughout the whole year!

Typical day

What to expect
With the Open Water Diver International Diploma and the "coral reef conservation" speciality training you will be able to dive up to 18m deep and assist with marine conservation at our underwater sites along the coast of Las Terrenas. Once you have acquired the necessary training and skills, from the second week of your internship, you will also participate in marine conservation activities linking yourself with projects related to the conservation of aquatic coral nurseries, scientific monitoring of mangroves, seagrass beds, and corals reefs, as well as awareness-raising in the community on the importance of the environment and the topic of waste. All seaborne diving activities depend greatly on weather patterns and sea conditions. The work can be quite demanding but is always very rewarding and varied. Physical fitness is important, no Spanish language skills are required. This is a great opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the protection of the marine environment while at the same time becoming a passionate qualified diver. 

Activities can include but are not limited to

  • Gain all important diving skills and certifications as part of marine conservation project 
  • Regular theory and practice classes as well as studies and research on marine conservation related subjects
  • Explanation of the conservation project and ecology of the species Acropora cervicornis (staghorn coral)
  • Training in monitoring and elaboration of baseline for the mangrove of seagrass project
  • Demonstration of cleaning and routine maintenance techniques of aquatic coral nurseries 
  • Assist actively with the monitoring of coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrasses 
  • Help with conservation awareness raising activities through Workshops, Movies, etc. 
  • Assist with the maintenance, protection and restoration of aquatic coral nurseries 
  • Assist with the elaboration of Beach profiles and the elaboration of their baseline
  • Submarine Beach Cleanings, regular beach and river cleaning up

Free-time activities

Program Highlights

  • Experience the Dominican style of live and chill by the rhythm of Caribbean music!
  • Gain Spanish fluency with the help of our free Spanish classes and share daily life with locals
  • Become more passionate about your studies and propel your career with international experience!
  • Make memories you never forget during weekend excursions with your fellow participants!
  • Enjoy the gorgeous beaches of Samana, climb the mountain peaks of pico Duarte and visit historical sites in Santo Domingos' colonial town!

What makes the Dominican Republic and Samana such a special destiny?
Samana is the name of both the peninsula and its biggest town located at Samana bay in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. It is a dramatically beautiful peninsula, like an island unto itself, of coconut trees stretching into the sea. The town of Samana is a scenic, beautiful and peaceful port, with friendly and easy-going Dominicans, living their life with tourism, agriculture and fishing activities, all set to the beat and rhythms of Merengue, Bachata and Salsa music. The Malecon (seaside promenade) of two kilometers length is perfect for strolling by day and night. It is the perfect place to while away the evening in a relaxing atmosphere in one of the many surrounding restaurants and bars. Hundreds of fantastic beaches surround the peninsula of Samana, which can be explored during a day trip or for the whole weekend. Experience the Dominican style of live and chill by the rhythm of Caribbean music!
Other highlights nearby are:

  • Las Galeras y El Rincon - A small fisherman's town with beautiful beaches surrounded by nature. Travel by Bus (45 minutes / US$ 2,-)
  • El Limón - Famous waterfall and swimming. Travel by Bus (20 minutes / US$ 1,50,-)
  • Cayo Levantado - Small Island with beautiful beaches just of the coastline in Samana. Travel by Boat (15 minutes / US$ 2,-)
  • Parque National de los Haiteses - Park made of mangroves, caves with ancient paintings and beautiful bays with pristine beaches. Magnificent limestone caves to explore. Travel by Boat 60 minutes / US$ 10,-
  • Playa El Valle - A small fisherman's settlement with a beautiful beach surrounded by pristine nature. Travel by Moto Concho (MotoTaxi) (20 Minutes / US$ 3,-)
  • Great Kitesurfing beaches near Las Terrenas only an hour from Samana! The whole Peninsula of Samana is a wild and precious natural gem! People are extremely friendly and nature is gorgeous! 
  • Whale-Watching - From mid-January to late March the bay is home to some of the world's best whale-watching

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV and Health certificate "fit for diving"
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No previous experience required to participate in the program. A typical volunteer or intern should be interested in diving and protecting flora, fauna and marine-life in general. He or she needs to be of good health, enthusiastic, proactive, willing to learn and ready for a challenge. We expect that interns adapt to program needs with flexibility, responsibility, commitment, patience and perseverance, among other significant qualities. The work can be quite demanding but is always rewarding!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Fundacion Aldeas de Paz

Financial Contribution & Benefits 
Aldeas de Paz works hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and offers financial transparency by practicing an open book policy. We encourage longer stays, recognizing that longer stays lead to more productive volunteer work, whereby more energy and time is donated in place of money! We offer free Spanish language classes, a double room at one of our fully equipped guesthouse apartments, personal airport welcome, pick-up & 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. This is included:

  • Volunteer or Internship placement
  • Personal airport welcome, pick-up & transfer to our location
  • Fully equipped Accommodation, free WiFi & and laundry
  • Placement introduction, supervision, certificate, student credit
  • Free regular Spanish lessons throughout your placement
  • Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff
  • Information about adventure packages & in-country travel

Special Offer 
Volunteers and interns receive free language lessons throughout their placement duration. Classes focus on developing four basic communication skills: listening, comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to speak Spanish right from the very first day, using it in typical real-life situations as soon as they step outside the classroom where learning continues as they are immersed in the Spanish language and the Dominican culture.

Airport Pickup at Las Americas International Airport

About your Placement Location
The Aldeas de Paz Foundation headquarters are located in the villages of Samana and las Terrenas, located at the heart of Samana province and peninsula in the north-eastern corner of the Dominican Republic. These villages with about 15000 inhabitants are very peaceful and safe and are constituted by a community with a strong sense of social responsibility. The people themselves consider their towns very safe, there is no more crime here than in any average small European town. The Dominican Republic's countryside as a whole is very peaceful, and certainly one of the safest regions in the Caribbean.

Travel Logistics
The Foundation will do everything to make sure our volunteers remain safe during their arrival and stay in the Dominican Republic. On arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by our english speaking driver who will help you personally during your transit from the airport to the bus terminal granting you peace of mind and tranquillity. The driver will purchase your bus ticket while you catch the direct and comfortable bus to Samana, your placement location. Travel-time on the bus is two hours only. On arrival at the placement location, fellow volunteers and our Staff will welcome you and bring you to your accommodation.

Accommodation

Our Volunteer Guesthouse Apartments
The Foundation’s popular volunteer guesthouse apartments are located in the center of the seaside towns of Samaná and las Terrenas, both scenic, laid back and peaceful towns, with friendly and easy-going Dominicans, living their life with tourism, agriculture and fishing activities, all set to the beat and rhythms of Merengue, Bachata and Salsa music. Our Volunteer Guesthouse Apartments are extremely conveniently located only a few minutes from school or the hospital, the village center and to the beaches and the Malecon, the gorgeous seaside walking promenade, where you will find a lot of restaurants, bars and shops. The villages and their surroundings are very safe and our apartments in Samana and Las Terrenas have lovely neighbors who constantly look after us. All important locations are only minutes away and it’s safe to walk at night. A shared room with two beds is the standard option. Upgrades are available for single room occupancy. Free wifi and use of a washing machine is, of course, standard at all Aldeas de Paz facilities. All our apartments are fully furnished and have WIFI and washing machines. Living together with volunteers from all over the world is a unique chance for cultural exchange and can be an exciting and new way of living compared to anything you’ve ever experienced before. It has certainly been a key experience in the lives of many past volunteers! Volunteers work and live together and learn how to be empathetic and considerate of others’ needs. They often share their free time, house cleaning tasks and cooking (optional). It means they also become close, develop lifelong friendships and have immense fun along the way! We feel that it is important to highlight that we have created an environment of respect and consideration.

Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Dominican Republic.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Dominican Republic provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Dominican Republic you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Dominican Republic.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Availability
Starting dates are the 1. and 3. Monday of every month throughout the whole year!

Time Commitment
A minimum time commitment of 2 weeks is required and can be extended up to one year

Placement Location
Las Terrenas

About your Placement Location
The Aldeas de Paz Foundation headquarters are located in the villages of Samana and las Terrenas, located at the heart of Samana province and peninsula in the north-eastern corner of the Dominican Republic. These villages with about 15000 inhabitants are very peaceful and safe and are constituted by a community with a strong sense of social responsibility. The people themselves consider their towns very safe, there is no more crime here than in any average small European town. The Dominican Republic's countryside as a whole is very peaceful, and certainly one of the safest regions in the Caribbean.

Travel Logistics
The Foundation will do everything to make sure our volunteers remain safe during their arrival and stay in the Dominican Republic. On arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by our english speaking driver who will help you personally during your transit from the airport to the bus terminal granting you peace of mind and tranquillity. The driver will purchase your bus ticket while you catch the direct and comfortable bus to Samana, your placement location. Travel-time on the bus is two hours only. On arrival at the placement location, fellow volunteers and our Staff will welcome you and bring you to your accommodation.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$2,002
3 weeks
$2,218
4 weeks
$2,433
5 weeks
$2,647
6 weeks
$2,863
7 weeks
$3,079
8 weeks
$3,288
9 weeks
$3,510
10 weeks
$3,725
11 weeks
$3,939
12 weeks
$4,155
13 weeks
$4,370
50 weeks (max. stay)
$4,392
Average fees
$544 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Fundacion Aldeas de Paz will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fundacion Aldeas de Paz during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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