Gain invaluable hands-on experience, working side-by-side with medical staff at the local hospital.
About the Program
The Aldeas de Paz Foundation headquarters is in Santa Barbara de Samana, which is located on the North-East of the Dominican Republic, at the heart of the peninsula of Samana. This provinicial capital with 15000 inhabitants is a very peaceful and safe town.
Samana is constituted by a community with a strong sense of social responsibility. The people themselves consider the town very safe, there is no more crime here than in an any average small European town. The Dominican Republics countryside as a whole is very peaceful, and certainly one of the safest regions in the caribbean.
This opportunity will give you an insight into the setting up and running of a hospital on a daily basis. As the hospital is still modernizing there are many challenges faced and there are realities not often seen in developed countries. Therefore this project not only provides you with responsibility for patients, it allows you to broaden your perspective by working in a hospital in a developing country where you will be faced with the stark realities of the disparities between medical practice in the developed and developing world.Furthermore, you can gain experience in a range of different departments within the hospital, such as: Maternity, Emergency, Pediatric, Integral Attention & Prevention for HIV, Tuberculosis, Diabetic and Uterine Cancer as well as the administration and management.
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.
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!
Your level of involvement will largely depend upon your professional and Spanish language skills, as well as your motivation and willingness to get involved. You will be creating your own work schedule with the departmental director and relaying this back to us. In order to gain the most out of your experience, or if you have a specific healthcare goal, please contact us in a timely fashion to discuss your options in greater detail.
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.
Volunteers who participate in the medicine and healthcare programm have to pay an extra donation of 33 USD a week. This money goes directly to the hospital administration to support needy patients with medicines and medical materials.
When you stay in our volunteers guesthouse the fee above is applied. If you would like to stay in host family's house, 75 USD per week will be added.
The program fee include;
From airport to bus terminal (not included in the volunteer programm fees), and from bus terminal to our guesthouse (included in the volunteer program fees), we offer a pick-up service.
In the airport our agent will wait for you even if your flight is delayed. After you arrive at Samana, our Staffs welcome you.
Each room has one or two beds, and sheets and pillows are equipped. In our guesthouse, we have cooking instruments, refrigerator, tables and cleaning materials. Most of us cook on a rotating basis (of course, you can eat in the town). Located in the centre of the seaside town of Santa Barbara de Samaná, the Foundation's volunteer guesthouse is the most popular accommodation option for volunteers and interns. Samaná is a scenic, laid back and peaceful town, with friendly and easy-going people.
Two meals per day are included when you stay in a host family. For a stay in the volunteers guesthouse no food is included in the volunteer programm fee.
We offer hospitality and tourism internship opportunities to those who want to get a head start in their career and gain first-hand experience in hospitality or tourism.
Our aim is to empower young people in Samaná by providing a platform at our school where they can be supported in developing their potential and improving their own lives
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This versatile experience and observation program is perfect for those wanting to learn more about how a small grass-root NGO is managed and operated.