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Aldeas de Paz

Animal Care and Farm Supporter

Animals and Wildlife Street Animals

Perfect for animal lovers and aspiring veterinarians, this project offers the opportunity to work on a small farm, caring for animals such as dogs, horses and cows.

Why this is important

In the Dominican Republic there are plenty of animals in need of care and a home. Many dogs are homeless and sick and you can often find neglected and malnourished horse. It is rare that anyone cares about these animals, or gives them the affection and nurture that they need. For many years, a farm close to Samaná has been helping animals in need by providing a home, food and medical arrangements. Dogs, horses, mules, cows and many other animals live on the ranch, surrounded by beautiful nature. 

This project is important, as without volunteers many of these animals are never rehoused and many continue to live on the streets. Furthermore, there is not a lot of awareness in the Dominican Republic of the importance of caring for these animals, so volunteers on this project also have the important role of educating the local public about how to care for the animals.

The farm & volunteer work

The farm is situated about 20 minutes away from the town of Samaná, so volunteers will either be taken there by the owner of the farm, or will use public transport to go. The  majority of your work will take place on this farm, with a lot of hands-on experience of training and caring for animals. There is always a lot to do on the farm and support is much needed to be able to continue providing care to the animals and finding new homes. You will also have the chance to support local veterinarians and learn about medical treatments that the animals need. 

Another important aspect of this project is to help out with the maintenance of the farm, which could involve fixing fences and maintaining the animals'  living areas. `outside of the farm, you can expect to work with the community, raising awareness and educating young children about how animals can improve our wellbeing if we take care of them you can also contribute to improving the situation in the long run.

Who we are looking for

Overall, no previous experience is required to participate in the programme, but of course you will have to be an animal lover. A typical volunteer or intern has already worked in animal shelters, is a student in a veterinary school or a dog walker, etc. However, a person that does not necessarily have any experience or training, but just loves animals and wants to help care for them is welcome as well. 

He or she needs to be enthusiastic, proactive, ready for a challenge and willing to do maintenance work (for example cleaning kennels and stables). Friendliness, commitment and patience are among significant qualities. Basic conversational Spanish skills are required, and the more advanced your level of experience and Spanish language skills are, the more opportunities will be available. In order to enable deeper integration into the community, we provide six free Spanish classes on a weekly basis, full support, and 24/7 back up.

Suitable for


Typical day

A typical day will be spent at the farm, from 9am-6pm with a 2 hour lunch break, gaining experience caring for the animals and learning from local veterinarians. There will also be maintenance work to do some of the time. 

When you are not working at the farm, a typical day will involve working with local schools and preparing and carrying out activities to raise awareness of the importance of caring for the animals. On a day-to-day basis activities can include but are not limited to:

  • Caring for dogs and training them.
  • Caring for horses and mules and training them.
  • Maintaining meadow, stables and kennels.
  • Maintaining the farm by helping with painting, building fences, planting grass and fixing doors, amongst other tasks.
  • Supporting veterinarians during medical treatments or operations to neuter or spay animals.
  • Developing and executing awareness raising and educational activities for children or the general public in order to improve the situation of neglected animals in the long run.

Details on Arrival

Volunteers are welcome to join throughout the year, except for two weeks at Christmas.

Program 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 Spanish (basic level)
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:00 - 18:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Aldeas de Paz are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

The town of Samaná is a scenic, beautiful and peaceful port, with friendly, easy-going Dominicans, living their life with tourism, agriculture and fishing activities, all set to the beat and rhythms or Merengue, Bachata and Salsa music. The newly renovated Malecon (seaside promenade) or two kilometres 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 peninsular of Samaná, which can be explored during a day trip or for the whole weekend.

  • Las Galeras y El Rincón: 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 off the coastline of Samaná. Travel by boat (15 minutes / US$@,-)
  • 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 (1 hour / 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,-)
There are famous kite surf beaches in Las Terrenas and Cabarete. The whole Peninsula of Samaná is a wild and precious natural gem! People are extremely friendly and the nature is gorgeous! 

From mid-January to late March the bay is home to some of the world's best whale-watching.

Water Sports
Contact & Reservation
4 - 50
4 - 50
Airport Pickup

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Accommodation, full support, Spanish classes and Airport Pickup are included in the fees.

The longer you stay, the less you pay! The calculation of your financial contribution or donation is set up so that the longer you stay, the less you give per week. We clearly illustrate the decrease in the per week contribution below in the table! We do this to encourage longer stays, recognising that longer stays lead to more significant volunteer work and more energy contributed in the form of donated time in place of money..

Airport Pickup at Las Americas International Airport

If you arrive at Las Americas (SDQ), you can reserve our airport pick-up service and go straight on the bus to Samaná (2 hours).

If you arrive at El Catey (AZN), we will pick you up and bring you to Samaná / Las Terrenas (40 minutes).

Arrival at Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ/ MDPC) combined shuttle / ferry to Samaná / Las Terrenas (4 hours).

Arrival at Puerto Plata - Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP/ MDPP), local buses bring you to Samaná (4 hours).


Volunteers will be staying in the volunteer guesthouse, which is located in the centre of town and only minutes from the beach front walking promenade where you will find a multitude of restaurants, bars, banks, shops and internet cafes with wifi. 

The house is located in a scenic, laid back and peaceful town. The guesthouse is a shared living space for short and long term volunteers and is furnished throughout and complete with a fully equipped kitchen. Volunteers work and live together and often build strong bonds, develop lifelong friendships, and have immense fun along the way! Rooms are twin-share, there is 24 hour support from local staff and WiFi is available at the office.

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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Santa Barbara de Samaná/Dominican Republic between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Aldeas de Paz will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

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What's next?

The nearest airport is Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Dominican Republic.
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