Volunteers join the fight for children rights in the DR and raise awareness through documenting, filming, editing, social networking and expositions.
About the Project
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.
The purpose of this Social Multi-Media project is to promote the foundation´s mission which is primarily to raise awareness of the rights of children in Samaná. Through Social Multi-Media means, content published through local media and online social media channels you will be promoting our causes. This program aims to address parenting issues and child welfare through educational videos and social media publication.
You will produce short videos, documentaries and radio/television broadcasting content. In the past our volunteers have produced animated motion pictures, recorded videos, worked on photography, conducted interviews, and updated our social media platforms. Even though project topics are provided, volunteers are encouraged to come up with their own ideas.
Part of the work consists in keeping track of the foundation´s work with the children and documenting our program activities (e.g., taking & editing pictures and videos and editing content)
Your time at Aldeas de Paz
This program can be booked as volunteer placement or as internship. Please let us know your school or universities internship requirements and we work out your personalized work plan.
This program is suitable for students with free holiday time, pre-university students, students taking or planning to take any Multi Media related studies, Marketing or Journalism as well as professionals.
Some previous experience with Social Multi-Media, basic understanding of DSLR cameras and familiarity with editing software (including Photoshop, Adobe Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro) as well as social media management experience are very helpful. However, volunteers with advanced experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
We require volunteers to bring their own laptop and Pen Drive and encourage them to bring their own equipment to supplement what we are able to provide.
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 advices
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 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!
Activities can include but are not limited to
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.
•Volunteer or Intern placement in the program/s of your choice
•Our Volunteer Guesthouse: double room occupancy
•Family Home Stay: single room with two meals per day included
•Free WIFI at Aldeas de Paz office from Monday through Friday
•Placement introduction and hand-outs, supervision, regular briefings
•6 free Spanish lessons included every week
•Certificate and/or written reference or student credit
•Full support and 24/7 back-up from local
If you arrive at Las Americas(SDQ), you can reserve our airport pick-up servive and go straight on the bus to Samana (2 hours)
If you arrive at El Catey(AZN), we will pick you up and bring you to Samana. (40 Minutes)
Arrival at Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ / MDPC) combined shuttle/Ferry to Samana (4 Hours)
Arrival at Puerto Plata - Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP / MDPP) Local Buses bring you to Samana (4 hours)
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 (off 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.
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
Gain invaluable hands-on experience, working side-by-side with medical staff at the local hospital.
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.