a partir de 2.044€

Fantástico 4.5rating (56)

MARINE CONSERVATION & CORAL REEF RESTORATION

location
2 - 50 semanas  ·  Idade 16 - 50+

rating  Fantástico 4.5  · 
  Verificado por Volunteer World
  taxa de resposta excelente

Destaques

  • 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!

Especialmente adequado para

Idade 16+
Solteiros
Casais
Famílias
Grupos
50+

Sobre o programa

Become a skillful ecological diver and help protect the beautiful caribbean marine environment

Program Description
Embark on an exciting diving internship, progressing to "Open Water Diver" and "Coral Reef Conservation" training with PADI. Already an Open Water Diver or equivalent? Get a 200 Euro discount or AOWD certification. Upgrade options available for Rescue Diver, Dive Master, and ...

Sobre o programa

Program Description
Embark on an exciting diving internship, progressing to "Open Water Diver" and "Coral Reef Conservation" training with PADI. Already an Open Water Diver or equivalent? Get a 200 Euro discount or AOWD certification. Upgrade options available for Rescue Diver, Dive Master, and specialties. Gain valuable diving skills while protecting marine life. Contribute to marine conservation without prior experience. Leave with professional certifications and unforgettable memories from a stunning marine environment! Samaná Bay is a breeding ground for humpback whales and a vital fishing ground. Tourism impact on coastal-marine ecosystems raises concern. Unregulated tours and hotel developments threaten biodiversity and reproductive sites for whales and turtles. Las Terrenas hosts vital ecosystems like mangroves, seagrass meadows, and coral reefs. Deforestation and contamination damage resilience, increasing vulnerability to tropical storms.

Volunteer placement or internship

Our program offers flexible commitment options for volunteers, ranging from a minimum of 4 hours daily up to to 40 hours per week - you decide! If you're joining as an intern, we understand that your school or university may have specific requirements. Please inform us in advance about your internship criteria, enabling us to tailor a personalized work plan to suit your needs. Share your expectations and goals with us, and we'll work together to ensure you achieve them. We are happy to give students academic credit or provide a report outlining the learning outcomes and deliverables achieved during the internship.

Requirements
No experience or Spanish skills required. Ideal participants interested in diving and marine conservation, proactive, and willing to learn. Bring your personal wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and fins or borrow from us. Rest of scuba gear provided. Five flexible working days per week. Non-diving conservation and educational activities included. Adaptability, responsibility, commitment, and patience expected. Work is rewarding and varied but demanding. Physical fitness is important, no Spanish required.



Dia típico

What to expect

With the Open Water Diver International Diploma and the coral reef conservation specialty training, you'll have the skills to dive up to 18m deep and actively participate in marine conservation along Las Terrenas' coast. After acquiring the necessary training, starting from the second ...

Dia típico

What to expect

With the Open Water Diver International Diploma and the coral reef conservation specialty training, you'll have the skills to dive up to 18m deep and actively participate in marine conservation along Las Terrenas' coast. After acquiring the necessary training, starting from the second week of your internship, you'll engage in various marine conservation activities. These include working on projects related to coral nurseries, conducting scientific monitoring of mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs, as well as raising awareness in the community about environmental importance and waste management. Seaborne diving activities are subject to weather patterns and sea conditions, making the work dynamic and rewarding, albeit demanding. Physical fitness is crucial, but no Spanish language skills are required to make a meaningful contribution to marine protection. This program offers an excellent opportunity to become a passionate, qualified diver while actively contributing to the preservation of the marine environment.


Holidays - Christmas Holidays from December 16 until January 06, 2025. 


Attention: Volunteers are welcome to stay at our Volunteer Guesthouse during Dominican Christmas and new year holidays! Even though working and business life comes to a halt through this two week period when the whole country is celebrating Christmas, our volunteers are welcome to celebrate Christmas and new year together with us and the Dominican people!


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


Actividades em tempo livre

Special Offer
Enjoy free Spanish language classes for volunteers and interns, emphasizing practical communication skills. Develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities naturally, similar to learning one's mother tongue. From day one, you'll use Spanish in real-life situations with ...

Actividades em tempo livre

Special Offer
Enjoy free Spanish language classes for volunteers and interns, emphasizing practical communication skills. Develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities naturally, similar to learning one's mother tongue. From day one, you'll use Spanish in real-life situations with role-plays, situational dialogues, and work projects complementing the basic syllabus. Beyond the classroom, immerse yourself in the Spanish language and Dominican culture for a continuous learning experience.

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!


Requisitos

Requisitos

Idade mínima: 16 anos

Para aderir ao programa é necessário ter pelo menos 16 anos de idade na data de início do programa.

Habilidades linguísticas

Precisa de falar Inglês (nível básico)

Documentos Necessários

CV and Health certificate "fit for diving"

Restrições de Nacionalidade

Sem restrições. São bem-vindas as mãos que ajudam de todo o mundo.

Outras Competências

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!

Compromisso de tempo

A tua mão auxiliadora será necessária na Terça-feira, Quarta-feira, Quinta-feira, Sexta-feira e Sábado

Serviços incluídos

Serviços incluídos

Serviços por Fundacion Aldeas de Paz

Costs & Benefits - Affordable Volunteering with Flexibility

Do you dream of volunteering abroad but worry about the cost and commitment? Look no further! Aldeas de Paz offers a unique and affordable volunteer experience in the Dominican Republic, perfect for passionate individuals of all backgrounds.

At Aldeas de Paz, we believe in making volunteer experiences accessible. We offer a transparent fee structure with an open book policy, so you know exactly where your contribution goes. Additionally we offer flexible commitment options: Start with a few weeks and extend your stay if you love it! We offer special pricing for extension weeks, allowing you to keep your options open without an extended upfront commitment!

What's Included:

  • Seamless Arrival: Enjoy a personal welcome service and airport pick-up, followed by a free transfer to your placement location in Las Terrenas or Samaná.
  • Comfortable Accommodation: Relax in our fully equipped guesthouses, with free Wi-Fi and access to a washing machine, for a comfortable and convenient stay.
  • Language Immersion: Enhance your experience with free regular Spanish lessons throughout your placement.
  • Program Support: Benefit from a placement introduction, certificate of completion (if applicable), and potential student credit for your participation.
  • 24/7 Support: Our dedicated local staff is available for full support and backup around the clock, ensuring your safety and well-being.
  • Explore the Dominican Republic: Get access to information about exciting adventure packages and in-country travel options to make the most of your time here.
  • Financial Transparency: Open book policy ensures you understand your contribution.
  • Comprehensive Package: This includes Spanish language classes, comfortable accommodation in our fully equipped guesthouses, a dedicated program donation, and all your arrival logistics: personal welcome service, airport pick-up, bus transfer, bus fare, and a free transfer to your placement location.

Benefits:

  • Gain valuable experience while contributing to a meaningful cause.
  • Immerse yourself in Dominican culture with on-site Spanish language classes.
  • Build lifelong friendships with fellow volunteers from around the world.
  • Enjoy a safe and secure environment in a beautiful part of the Dominican Republic.

Ready to make a difference and explore the beauty of the Dominican Republic? By choosing Aldeas de Paz, you get a world-class volunteer experience with affordability and flexibility. Contact us today to learn more!

Recepção no aeroporto em Las Americas International Airport

Travel Logistics
Volunteer safety is our top priority. Upon your arrival at the airport, our friendly English-speaking driver will be there to greet you and help with your transit to the bus terminal. They'll ensure you have a direct and comfortable bus ticket to Samana, your placement location (approximately 2 hours). Once you arrive, our dedicated staff and fellow volunteers will warmly welcome you and escort you to your accommodation.

Alojamento

Accommodation
Discover our sought-after volunteer guesthouse apartments in Samaná and Las Terrenas, offering convenience, safety, and scenic beauty. Standard accommodation includes shared rooms for bonding with fellow volunteers from diverse backgrounds. Choose from double, single, or homestay options to immerse in local culture. Enjoy free wifi and access to a washing machine. Collaborate with volunteers worldwide for a rich cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. Join us in creating a respectful and supportive community, ensuring a personally rewarding volunteering experience. Be part of this meaningful journey and leave with unforgettable memories and lasting friendships.

Acesso à Internet

Bom acesso no local do projecto

O que NÃO está incluído?

O que NÃO está incluído?

Alimentos e Bebidas

Alimentos, lanches ou bebidas têm custos adicionais.

Bilhetes de avião

O aeroporto mais próximo é Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) em Santo Domingo. Ajudamo-lo a encontrar voos baratos para República Dominicana. ENCONTRAR VOOS BARATOS

Seguro de viagem

Ir para o estrangeiro é uma aventura e é sempre melhor estar preparado. Doença ou lesão súbita, cancelamento ou roubo - um seguro de viagem para República Dominicana proporciona segurança e é uma vantagem a ter. OBTENHA UMA COTAÇÃO

Vacinas

Se pretende ser voluntário em República Dominicana deve procurar aconselhamento médico antes de iniciar a sua viagem social. Verifique as vacinas necessárias para República Dominicana. VERIFICADOR DE VACINAS

Detalhes à chegada

Availability
Starting dates are flexible 

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 is based in the charming coastal villages of Samana and Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. Samana, in the north-eastern corner, has about 15,000 inhabitants and is renowned for its safety, tranquil atmosphere, and beautiful beaches. The community values social responsibility and exudes a secure, small European town vibe. The Dominican Republic's countryside is widely recognized for its peacefulness, making it one of the safest regions in the Caribbean. When you join our program, you'll experience a welcoming and secure environment while contributing to meaningful projects in this picturesque part of the world.

Disponibilidade
Jan Feb Março Abril Maio Jun Jul Ago Set Out Nov Dez

Preços do programa

2 semanas (estadia min.) 2.044€
3 semanas 2.256€
4 semanas 2.467€
5 semanas 2.679€
6 semanas 2.890€
7 semanas 3.102€
8 semanas 3.313€
9 semanas 3.525€
10 semanas 3.736€
11 semanas 3.948€
12 semanas 4.159€
13 semanas 4.371€
50 semanas (estadia máx.) 12.900€
Preços médios 640€/semana

Preços do programa

640€ por semana 2 - 50 semanas Idade 16 - 50+

Métodos de Pagamento

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Duração

2 - 50 semanas

Depósito

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Pagamento final

O teu pagamento final será acordado com Fundacion Aldeas de Paz durante o processo de candidatura. As soluções comuns são ou através de transferência bancária ou pagamento em dinheiro no local do projecto.


Conheça seu anfitrião

Fundacion Aldeas de Paz

Fantástico 4.5 rating (56 revisões)

Non-profit - fundada em 2001

Verificado por Volunteer World

  taxa de resposta excelente

Hospedado por

Manfred

Línguas faladas: Georgiano, Inglês, Esloveno

Sobre o projecto

Aldeas de Paz is a sustainable and transparent grass-roots NGO based in Santa Barbara de Samaná and Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic.

Conheça seu anfitrião

History of Aldeas de Paz

In the 1990s a German entrepreneur developed the Peace Villages Foundation, a social purpose NGO. For this he left his successful business career behind to become a social activist. He joined grassroots NGO’s around the globe and worked as a volunteer with the intention of helping to promote a “Culture of Peace”. Learning to put his entrepreneurial skills to work and gaining important NGO management experience, enabled him to set up replicable and self-sustained development programs under the legal frame of Fundaciòn Aldeas de Paz in Venezuela (2001) and the Dominican Republic (2015).

These days Fundaciòn Aldeas de Paz operates successful development and aid programs in the Samana province, a peninsula in the north-eastern corner of the Dominican Republic. Venezuelan operations are temporaley suspended until the situation allows for foreign aid workers to return savely to the country!

The Beginnings in Venezuela

The Peace Villages Foundation started in 1995 a first humanitarian project in Merida, Venezuela. Right from the beginning the project was financed through a Rotational Credit based on the collocation of the founders own life savings in form of a personal loan used as seed funding or seed capital. As the rotational credit is returned it is re-invested in yet a new project and so on.

The work in Merida focused on children rights. Efforts were made to integrate street children and at-risk youth into a more stable environment, and at times into foster families. With the aim of creating a registered NGO in Venezuela, the founder and his friends succeeded with the legal constitution of Fundaciòn Aldeas de Paz in Caracas (2001) and the Dominican Republic (2015). Aldeas de Paz has been focusing its resources and volunteer support on cultural exchange and social development programs ever since.

During 2014 the social and political situation in Venezuela became increasingly violent. Programs based on volunteer participation ever since had to be temporarily suspended in Venezuela.

Aldeas de Paz in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic our work focuses on education and human rights, gender equality, community development, environmental and climate protection as well as animal rescue. Aldeas de Paz actively promotes cultural exchange and sustainable, ecological tourism as a source of income for impoverished communities in the province. In addition, Aldeas de Paz strives to improve the lives of children, youth and young adults from vulnerable communities and disadvantaged backgrounds. The project locations Santa Bárbara de Samaná and Las Terrenas, both located on the peninsula of Samaná, are lovely coastal towns in the northeast of the Dominican Republic.

Timeline

1995, the first children rights activities in Merida, Venezuela, started. Focus is on social integration of street children and at-risk youth. Constitution of the Peace Villages Foundation

2001, legal frame work and constitution of Fundaciòn Aldeas de Paz in Caracas, Venezuela.

2002, a violent Coup d’état in Caracas. Aldeas de Paz activities in Caracas where forcefully suspended. Move to Santa Elena de Uairén, center of the Gran Sabana National Park near the Brazilian border in Venezuela. Development of various community based programs around social development, education and special need kids integration. Opening of the attention center “Tucusito” in the center of Santa Elena de Uairén.

2003, building of the new Aldeas de Paz Attention Center with school and equine therapy activities and Volunteer residence as well as community outreach programs for youth care and community development, indigenous empowerment, skill training and health prevention of the charity own 5 ha plot in a beautiful setting next to the rain forest on the edge of the National Park

2014, social and political unrest in Venezuela became increasingly violent and programs based on volunteer participation had to be suspended until further notice.

2015 Aldeas de Paz opens a new outlet in Samaná, the Dominican Republic. The foundation focuses its resources and volunteer support on social development programs and cultural exchange. Opening of the first Attention Center for special need kids in the province of Samana.

2016, Aldeas de Paz becomes the local host partner for the German Red Cross and the German Government sponsored program called “Weltwärts”:  German Red Cross volunteers join Aldeas de Paz in the Dominican Republic to help out for an entire year after which a new team will be placed every year.

2017, legal frame work and constitution of Fundaciòn Aldeas de Paz in the DR is completed. Opening of a new branch in Las Terrenas, a beautifully set town on the northern coast of the Samana province and peninsula with the same name.

2020, Our social programs have been developed and expanded ever since. Aldeas de Paz has become an important agent for Marine Conservation in the region and we where granted a UN sponsored project for coral reef restoration. Our volunteers reach has expanded too and we successfully opened a second branch in Las Terrenas not far from Samana where our attention centre and main office is located.

What we do

With our Youth Care and Community Work Program we aim to empower children and young adults by offering them additional educational opportunities and tutoring classes, as well as supporting and educating parents. With the help of local professionals we started the first ever educational and therapeutic initiative for children with special needs in the peninsula of Samaná.

With our Permaculture & Aquaponics internship you can study agroecology, food security and sustainability while living in the Caribbean at an permaculture inspired, agro-tourism Demonstration & Education Center near famous Cabarete Beach. This pilot project is located near a tropical river outside the famous surf town of Cabarete, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

Our small Community Attention Center, located in the heart of Samaná, hosts our special needs center and offers computer literacy, English and German classes and cultural exchange activities. In different locations around Samaná and Las Terrenas we offer a Diving & Marine Conservation Internship where we restore the coral reefs in front of the seaside town of Las Terrenas.

Additionally, we raise awareness for critical issues through our Social Media, Multimedia and Journalism Project. An awareness raising television program is planned, with the aim to help educate parents and attend adolescent issues. With the help of our NGO Management and Admin Program we coordinate our efforts and keep up with the management of operations in the area. Within this program, we support our staff to coordinate the various initiatives and logistical planning involved with the aim to become self-sustained in the community.

Our Medical and Dental Health Experience and Observation Programs allows interns and volunteers to shadow and assist the nurses and doctors in the local hospitals, neighborhood clinics and dental clinics.

Our  Animal Rescue Program offers interns the possibility to gain working experience with abandoned animals, promoting their health and defending their rights. Thanks to the great efforts of all the volunteers from around the world, Fundación Aldeas de Paz is able to make a positive impact on the local community!

56 revisões · rating4.5

Mathias Nestler rating1.8

2020 at MARINE CONSERVATION & CORAL REEF RESTORATION

My expectations about the marine conservation program especially for that high amount of money was way higher to be honest. I think one reason is that the dive center changed, another that Marie - the marine biologist - left (I found that out after I came there, after talking to non-NGO people). So ...
Wir möchten gerne über unseren 5 wöchigen Aufenthalt in Samaná berichten, wo wir in einem Krankenhaus die dort arbeitenden Ärzte und Pfleger unterstützen. Unzählige Erfahrungen im Krankenhaus wie auch ganz viele Erlebnisse in unserer Freizeit - von Whale whatching über karibisch schöne ...
I was very nervous for this trip since I didn't really know Spanish or have ever traveled to the Dominican, but it was so amazing! The coordinators and other volunteers are so supportive and want you to succeed and have the best trip. I did the medical program in the hospital and being able to see ...
I was very nervous for this trip since I didn't really know Spanish or have ever traveled to the Dominican, but it was so amazing! The coordinators and other volunteers are so supportive and want you to succeed and have the best trip. I did the medical program in the hospital and being able to see ...
Valerie Pramesberger rating4

2023 at MEDICINE & HEALTHCARE OBSERVATION & EXPERIENCE

Wir möchten gerne über unseren 5 wöchigen Aufenthalt in Samaná berichten, wo wir in einem Krankenhaus die dort arbeitenden Ärzte und Pfleger unterstützen. Unzählige Erfahrungen im Krankenhaus wie auch ganz viele Erlebnisse in unserer Freizeit - von Whale whatching über karibisch schöne ...
My journey was fueled by a desire to experience life beyond the typical tourist attractions of the Dominican Republic. With a focus on medicine and healthcare, I embarked on a month-long journey that opened my eyes to a new world of challenges and insights. Working in a local hospital, I encountered ...

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