NGO Management and Administration

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.

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.

Objectives

The NGO Administration volunteer program gives insight into all of the many facets of the running of the Aldeas de Paz Foundation. The foundation relies on NGO volunteers to ensure smooth operations. This requires flexibility on the part of the volunteer. Direct work with our primary beneficiaries is an essential part of the work of Aldeas de Paz and, therefore, NGO volunteers are also expected to participate in foundation-wide events and activities involving our beneficiaries. The NGO Administration volunteers & interns observe and assist the Coordinator with office work, as well as in-community project support and administrative work and the coordination and supervision of community programs. The NGO Manager furthermore will help to ensure the well being of our volunteers.

  •  Assist the local program director with management activities and financial accountability tasks such as financial planning & budgeting
  • Assist new volunteers with introduction and provide them insight into the running of an NGO, including daily functions, challenges and strategies
  • Create a space for volunteers to be innovative in their work to improve the performance of the foundation and its programs
  • Encourage volunteer initiative in designing and implementing projects to increase the foundation's reach
  • Ensure the smooth functioning of our operations and the full integration of volunteers

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.

We expect our volunteers and interns to dedicate a minimum of four hours/ four days per week and a maximum of eight hours/five days per week working in their respective programs. Volunteers/interns usually come by themselves or with their partner to our foundation. However, we do offer family placements as well. In case a family decides to stay with us, the minimum age of the children is eight.  Individual volunteers/interns have to be at least 16 years of age. Volunteers/interns under 18 need to bring a written permission from their parents or guardians..

Requirements  

No previous experience or special skills are required. A typical NGO administration & management volunteer and intern needs to be enthusiastic, willing to learn, ready for a challenge and have a desire to take initiative in coordinating a group of volunteers and daily tasks. Friendliness, care, commitment and patience are among important qualities. The participant would have a passion for development work, some experience in international volunteering, and a desire to help other volunteers to have positive experiences with us. Basic or conversational Spanish is very helpful for some activities but even without Spanish language skills there is a lot to do. Activities that a volunteer can participate in are entirely dependent on motivation and previous experience. Staff and other volunteers will support the participant. A four 4 weeks minimum time commitment is required. You don't have to speak fluent Spanish; we provide free Spanish classes on a regular base, full support and 24/7 back-up

For volunteers with advanced Spanish skills

Working on public relations projects designed to mobilize community support. These include, but are not limited to: radio broadcasts, participating in neighborhood council meetings, writing bulletins, and organizing community projects, working with locals to find new volunteer opportunities, translate newsletters and website information into Spanish

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 advices 
  • 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.
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!

Suitable for

Couples
Singles

Typical day

Activities can include but are not limited to

  • Assisting with coordination of volunteers
  • Conducting volunteer introduction meetings
  • Assisting the Coordinator with general administration
  • Working in financial accountability tasks such as financial planning budgeting
  • Shadowing the Director in typical NGO tasks as well as community meetings
  • Attend frequent foundation meetings to discuss events at the foundation
  • Participate in and remain informed of each of the foundation programs
  • Assist with updating social networks and the webpage
  • Assist with editing a monthly newsletter

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
16 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Other Skills
No previous experience or special skills are required. A typical NGO administration & management volunteer and intern needs to be enthusiastic, willing to learn, ready for a challenge
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09:00 - 16:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Dominican Republic? Volunteer World directly connects you with Aldeas de Paz

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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
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
•Volunteer or Intern placement in the program/s of your choice
• Our Volunteer Guesthouse: double room occupancy (single + 10%)
• 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 (worth: €10 each class)
•Certificate and/or written reference or student credit
•Full support and 24/7 back-up
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

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)

Accommodation

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.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$880
5 weeks
$970
6 weeks
$1059
7 weeks
$1149
12 weeks
$1597
20 weeks
$2313
50 weeks (max. stay)
$5000

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 tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$160/week
Deposit (20%)
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 (80%)
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Dominican Republic

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Dominican Republic. Please check the visa regulations for Dominican Republic.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Dominican Republic.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Samaná El Catey International (AZS) in El Catey. 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.
Vaccine Checker
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.
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Dominican Republic upfront.
C/Adriano Horton, Santa Barbara de Samana, 32000 Santa Barbara de Samaná, Dominican Republic