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.
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.
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..
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
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
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.
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.