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ANIMAL RESCUE & FARM MAINTENANCE

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Aldeas de Paz - Peace Villages Foundation | Santa Barbara de Samaná, Dominican Republic
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A minimum time commitment of 2 weeks is required.

ANIMAL CARE & FARM MAINTENANCE – Help rescue neglected animals, provide care and assist maintaining the farm!

In the Dominican Republic there are plenty of animals in need of care and a home. Many dogs are homeless and sick, and you often find neglected and malnourished horses and cats. It is rare that anyone cares about these animals or gives them the affection and nurturing that they need.

For many years, a farm close to the city of Samaná has been helping animals in need by providing a home, food and arranging medical treatments. Dogs, horses, mules, cows and many other animals live on the ranch in the middle of the beautiful nature that surrounds Samaná. There is always a lot to do and support is much needed to be able to continue providing care to the animals and finding new homes, especially for the almost 50 dogs living on the farm. You can become a part of this project by taking care of the animals, training them and maintaining the property. By raising awareness and educating children about how animals can increase our well-being if we take care of them, you can also contribute to improving the situation in the long run. The Dog Veterinary Services in Las Terrenas provides home and emergency veterinary services is a perfect placement for volunteers and interns! Volunteer positions are for people without veterinary background who are a dog lover and would like to be part of a great project that takes care of the well-being of man’s best friend then this project is the right thing for you. If you are a veterinarian or veterinary student you will love this program. The team also always needs experienced vets or vet students that can assist during surgeries, neutering campaigns or similar.

What to expect

It is of advantage if the volunteer or intern has already worked in animal shelter or an veterinarian clinic, is a veterinary student or a dog walker, etc. But even with little experience you will be of great help! It is important to keep in mind that the farm includes some physical work like cleaning kennels and stables and being outside. Nevertheless, the animals’ love and affection that you will be met with are worth all of the effort!

Activities can include but are not limited to 

  • Caring for dogs, horses and mules and training them
  • Maintaining the meadow, stables and kennels
  • Maintaining the farm by helping with painting, building fences, planting king grass, fixing doors, among other tasks
  • Developing and executing awareness rising and education activities for children or the general population in order to improve the situation of neglected animals in the long run
  • Caring for dogs, taking them for a walk, maintaining the kennels
  • Supporting veterinarians during medical treatments or operationsto neuter or spay animals (only for veterinarians or veterinary students)
  • Support for the admission of new patients and other administrative procedures
  • Participation in the annual castration campaign

Requirements

Overall there is no previous experience required to participate in the program, but of course you have to be an animal lover. A typical Animal Care & Farm Maintenance volunteer or intern has already worked in animal shelters, is a student in a veterinary school or a dog walker, etc. However, a person without any specific experience or training who just really loves animals and wants to help care for them is welcome as well. He or she needs to be enthusiastic, proactive, ready for a challenge and willing to do maintenance work. It also includes physical work like cleaning kennels and stables and being outside a lot. Nevertheless, the animals’ love and affection that you will be met with are worth all of the effort! Friendliness, commitment and patience are among significant qualities. Basic Spanish skills are needed, but an advanced level of Spanish experience will open up more opportunities. In order to enable deeper integration into the community, we provide free Spanish classes on a weekly basis, full support and 24/7 backup.

Volunteer Placement or Internship

Most of our participants join as volunteers and are free to commit from between 10 to 40 hours per week. That’s up to you! As an intern however you probably have to fulfill requirements set by your school or university. Please inform us of your school or university internship requirements in advance so that we can work out your personalized work plan together. Also tell us about your personal expectations and goals and we will see how we can help you achieve them.

Availability: This program is ongoing throughout the whole year

Placement Location: Las Terrenas

Financial Contribution & Benefits

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! The minimum contribution starts at €140 per week and includes Spanish language classes, double room at one of our fully equipped guesthouse apartments, a special program donation as well as a 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. If you wish a single room upgrade add €50 per week and an all in Host Family homestay upgrade is €150 per week, including a private bedroom and two meals per day. For more information about costs and benefits check out our webpage     

What is included

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


Special Offer    

Spanish language classes: Volunteers and interns receive 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 are encouraged to 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 are immersed in the Spanish language and the Dominican culture. 

Contact Information  

Contact Person: Manfred Mönnighoff

Project/charity name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz

Address: Samana, Dominican Republic

Whatsapp: +1 829 7055 123

E-Mail: mail@peacevillages.org

Webpage: https://www.peacevillages.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook/AldeasdePaz

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/AldeasDePaz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AldeasDePaz

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Peacevillages


ANIMAL CARE & FARM MAINTENANCE – Help rescue neglected animals, provide care and assist maintaining the farm!

In the Dominican Republic there are plenty of animals in need of care and a home. Many dogs are homeless and sick, and you often…

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Benefits

HIGHLIGHTS: There are unlimited activities and sights to visit in your spare time. Visit the north coast for some of the best windsurfing or kiteboarding found in the world, go whale watching, try fun hiking, biking or even white-water rafting for those adrenaline seekers! You may also like to visit Caribbean's highest peak, Pico Duarte, or the Playa Rincon, said to be one of the best beaches in the world. Hunt around the quaint town of Monte Cristo for some great finds including bargain priced jewelry made from handcrafted beads, and try some of the local rum in one of the colorful bars!

HIGHLIGHTS: There are unlimited activities and sights to visit in your spare time. Visit the north coast for some of the best windsurfing or kiteboarding found in the world, go whale…

How to Apply

You can apply straightaway by following the link:

https://www.peacevillages.org/apply/

If you have any questions feel free to contact us!

You can apply straightaway by following the link:

https://www.peacevillages.org/apply/

If you have any questions feel free to contact us!

Location

Santa Barbara de Samaná, DO

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