Fundacion Aldeas de Paz

Hospitality and Tourism

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We offer hospitality and tourism opportunities to those who want to get a head start in their career and gain first-hand experience in hospitality or tourism. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM - Work at exotic destinations and enjoy fun-filled adventures

Volunteer Placement & Internship Opportunity

If you find yourself daydreaming of exotic destinations and fun-filled adventures and the thought of a repetitive 9-5 job bores you, an internship in the Dominican Republic in the hospitality or tourism industry is just what you need.

Aldeas de Paz offers hospitality and tourism internship opportunities to undergraduates and graduates who want to get a head start in their career and gain first-hand insight in hospitality or tourism. This will be through exposure to various volunteer roles, such as working in a hotel, resort or at a tour operator.

Opportunities include working in a high-end hotel, a popular local backpacker hostel or at a local tour operator’s office for adventure holidays. Another possibility is to work at the ministry of tourism and environmental protection teaching tour guides and helping protect the delicate environment using Multi Media. Jobs depend on candidates’ qualifications.

Interning abroad is more than just a great way to get a step up over your competition in the industry and gain a feel for what management level positions will be like. Traveling abroad also presents the opportunity to experience a whole new culture and adventures, to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime. If you are a student with a major in business, tourism or hospitality (preferred) who is interested in an exciting career in the field of hospitality or tourism and are looking to gain practical experiences while developing relationships with leaders in the field, this internship is exactly what you are looking for!

Objectives

  • Gain insight into the running of a hotel, hostel or tourist operation business

  • Take initiative in designing and implementing improvements and increase the business reach on the market

  • Get involved in typical work on a day-by-day basis depending on the business you are in and promote ecological tourism in the region

Our Internships may also serve as a springboard into a Manager in Training programme (not guaranteed). The programme is designed to give participants the skills they need to accelerate their careers and succeed as future leaders. Candidates are exposed to valuable experiences, project work, mentorship and feedback throughout the program.

Available areas of work experience in a hotel:

  • Food and beverage operations

  • Housekeeping

  • Human Resources

  • Sales and Marketing

  • Front-of-house

  • Holiday Representatives

  • Maintenance

  • Business Development

You can participate in this program as a volunteer or as an intern. Please let us know your school or universities internship requirements in advance so that we can work out your personalized work plan together. Also inform us about your personal expectations or goals and we will see how we can help you to achieve them.

We are constantly adapting our activities to societies needs and volunteer numbers and capacities. If you wish to specialize in a particular activity we will do our best to accommodate your personal preferences. However, you can be asked to be involved in a combination of activities which can also require working directly in contact with our beneficiaries, underprivileged children and young people. 

Create your own project!

In addition to established community activities and programs you have the chance to set up  your own project with the financial and organizational support of our charity.

Requirements 

Your Profile

This program is suitable for students with free holiday time, pre-university students, students taking or planning to take any tourism or marketing related studies as well as professionals. The key requirements for a volunteer or intern are initiative, enthusiasm, and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances. More specialized skills will allow for more specialized activities. Basic conversational Spanish skills are required and the more advanced your level of experience and Spanish language skills, the larger the number of available opportunities. However, we offer up to six free Spanish language lessons every week in order to enhance your experience as a volunteer/intern.

  • Students/graduates with a major in business, tourism or hospitality (preferred)
  • Basic/Intermediate Spanish
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Speak any other languages is a plus
We are exclusively financed by volunteer donations! 

We work hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and offer financial transparency by practicing an open book policy.  We are a registered tax exempted charity and all monetary contributions are referred to as donation since what you pay is generally 100% tax-deductible for you. Speak with your tax adviser to learn how the cost of international airfare can be tax-deductible as well. Please also read our Terms & Conditions. Check out how your donation is spent, and read our Financial Reports.

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, recognizing that longer stays lead to more significant volunteer work and more energy contributed in the form of donated time in place of money!

Special Offer

Spanish language classes - Volunteers or Interns receive up to six 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 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 immerse in the Spanish language and Dominican culture.

Typical day

Activities at a tourist operator can include but are not limited to

  • Shadowing and assisting the director with general administration work such as budget planning, coordination, editing and providing thorough client attention
  • Planning and leading frequent meetings to discuss trips and tours with clients
  • Participating in and remaining informed of each tour and trip
  • Revising and updating websites, as well as social media sites
  • Writing and editing a monthly newsletter with the help of fellow workers
  • Providing clients with insight about their planned trips and tours, challenges, responsibilities and precautions
  • Creating a space for improvement of touristic products and organizational performance 
  • Developing initiative in designing and implementing strategies to increase the business reach and impact
Program activities for volunteers with more advanced Spanish skills
Design public relations projects to mobilize support. These include, but are not limited to: radio broadcasts and participate in meetings with politicians and local authorities. Translate newsletters and website information into Spanish.

If you wish to specialize in a particular activity we will do our best to accommodate your personal preferences. However, you can be asked to be involved in a combination of activities which can also require working directly in contact with our beneficiaries, children and young people from Santa Barbara de Samaná neighborhoods.

Details on Arrival

Locations: Samaná & Las Terrenas

Travel Logistics

The Foundation will do everything to make sure our volunteers remain safe during their stay in the Dominican Republic. On your way to Santa Barbara de Samana you will most likely fly into Las Americas airport near Santo Domingo, where we have established a great cooperation with a very reliable pickup service for our incoming volunteers! Marcos, the pickup driver will help you personally and thoroughly during your transit from the airport Las Americas to the bus terminal which is only 10 minutes away, therefore granting you peace of mind and tranquillity during your travel. 

Marcos will assist you with purchasing your bus ticket and bring you to the bus terminal where you will catch the direct luxury bus to Santa Barbara de Samana, the last stop on the route. Travel-time on the bus is two hours only.

Travel advice 

  • Do not become involved with drugs of any kind. Penalties are severe and convictions for drug offences can lead to imprisonment. 
  • You should always pack your own luggage, and you should never carry any items through customs for anybody else. 
  • Book your trips in advance through pick-up and travel agencies to avoid surprises and problems during your transit to Santa Barbara de Samana 
  • It is not advisable to overtly criticize the Catholic Church, as this can cause great offence in a country where the religion is greatly respected and revered. 
  • Do not walk around alone at night in big cities, and if you do then please let someone know of your whereabouts. 
  • You will encounter many security checkpoints while travelling in the Dominican Republic, have your passport and ID papers (as well as copies) on you at all times for the duration of the travel.

Time Commitment

A minimum of 8 weeks commitment is required.

You can join our programs throughout the whole year. Please make sure that you arrive on a weekday so that we can arrange everything for your arrival.

Free-time activities

Samana is the name of both the peninsula and its biggest town, as well as the bay to the south located 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 newly renovated 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.

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,-)

There are famous Kitesurf beaches in Las Terrenas and Cabarete only an hour from Samana! The whole Peninsula of Samana 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 to some of the world's best whale-watching.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) and English (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
The key requirements for a volunteer or intern are initiative, enthusiasm, and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances. If candidates have more specialized skills, this will allow for more specialized activities. Basic conversational Spanish skills are required and the more advanced your level of experience and Spanish language skills, the larger the number of opportunities available.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Fundacion Aldeas de Paz (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Fundacion Aldeas de Paz

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! 

What is included

  •       Volunteer or Internship placement 
  •       Accommodation of your choice
  •       Welcome Service at the airport and transport to your placement location
  •       Free Wi-Fi and use of washing machine at all our facilities 
  •       Placement introduction, training, supervision, briefings and meetings 
  •       Free academical Spanish lessons on a regular base 
  •       Certificate and/or written reference or student credit 
  •       Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff
  •       Information about adventure packages    

Airport Pickup at Las Americas International Airport

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. In the airport our Driver will wait for you even if your flight is delayed. After you arrive at the placement location, our Staff welcome you and bring you to your accommodation.    

Accommodation

The minimum contribution starts at €125 per week and includes Welcome Service at the airport and transport to your placement location, double room at one of our fully equipped guesthouse apartments with WiFi and washing machine, free Spanish language classes and a special program donation. If you wish a single room upgrade add €35 per week and an all in Host Family homestay upgrade is €125 per week, including a private bedroom and two meals per day. For an independent Bungalow within an gated residence add €65 per week (only available in Las Terrenas)    

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bungalow 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,265
6 weeks
$ 1,455
8 weeks
$ 1,615
10 weeks
$ 1,755
12 weeks
$ 1,835
16 weeks
$ 2,412
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 7,045
Average fees
$ 229 /week

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. Fundacion Aldeas de Paz will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Dominican Republic.
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.
  Americas The Caribbean The Dominican Republic  Santa Barbara de Samaná, C/Adriano Horton, Santa Barbara de Samana

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