Aldeas de Paz - Peace Villages Foundation
Aldeas de Paz is a sustainable and transparent grass-roots NGO based in Santa Barbara de Samaná and Las Terrenas
Samaná and Las Terrenas - Dominican Republic
ABOUT US: Aldeas de Paz is a sustainable and transparent grass-roots NGO based in Santa Barbara de Samaná and Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. We are independent from political, religious or business interests and maintain independence by completely funding and operating our programs with the practical and monetary contributions of volunteers and interns.
OUR PURPOSE: We are a youth orientated organization with the purpose of educating, mentoring, inspiring and empowering young people. We aim to develop their potentials and help them to create opportunities for them and their community through our educational programs and recreational activities. We promote children rights and equal opportunities for all.
OUR MISSION: We promote a Culture of Peace through enriching cross-cultural exchange for people of all cultural backgrounds and nationalities and we practice voluntary community service where we provide additional opportunities in education, sports, health care and skill training. We assist our beneficiaries in developing their potential and improving their own lives.
OUR VISION: Offering volunteers and interns the great opportunity to work side by side with locals, learn new skills, study Spanish and immerse themselves in the Latin and Caribbean culture. We share the values of peace, justice and tolerance, fundamentally focusing on the preservation of cultural values and the empowerment of young people while valuing local knowledge and working with cultural sensitivity. Our volunteer opportunities are truly the microcosm of a world where people join together giving priority to improving life for humanity and promoting a Culture of Peace as a practical way to both prevent and resolve conflict.
INTERNSHIP: In addition to the volunteer programs we also offer internship placements. Interns typically come for 6 weeks to 12 months and apply well in advance to inform us of their internship’s conditions and the requirements of their university or academic adviser. We are very happy to get in contact with academic institutions and to provide all materials and references necessary for interns to receive course credit for their volunteer work. Certificates are also provided to all interns upon successful completion of their internships. This communication is conducted in the specific manner agreed upon once the intern applies for the position.
VOLUNTEERING: Volunteering is a great way to experience another culture, make new friends and learn new skills. The beauty in volunteering lies in the fact that you are not simply passing through as a tourist. You are interacting with the community, building relationships and making a positive impact. It is an experience that may change your life! Volunteers are the driving force of our charity work, both through their volunteering and through their financial contributions. We have various programs currently under way and run by volunteers, as well as the long-term expectation of opening a multi-facetted Attention Center in Samana. We encourage volunteers to form schedules which work for them, and to work in any combination of programs. Volunteers decide how many hours they want to work. We recommend a minimum of 4 hours daily for 4 days a week. However, volunteers & interns may work as many days/hours as they wish. We emphasize that we focus on quality and not on quantity! The volunteer must cover all travel costs.
LEARN SPANISH: We offer up to six free Spanish language classes every week. The lessons 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 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 immerse in Spanish language and Dominican culture.
HIGHLIGHTS: There are unlimited activities and sights to visit in your spare time. Visit the north coast for some of the best windsurfing or kite boarding 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!
UPON ARRIVAL: Upon arrival at Santo Domingo Airport you will be met by an in-country pick-up service and transported to the bus terminal from where you leave with the luxury bus to Samaná or Las Terrenas. On arrival in Samaná or Las Terrenas, Aldeas de Paz staff will pick you up and bring you to the accommodation where you will be based for the duration of your project.
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION: Your financial contribution depends on length of stay and starts at Euro 500,- per month including: • Volunteer placement in the program/s of your choice • Accommodation • Placement introduction and hand-outs, supervision, regular briefings • 6 free Spanish language lessons • Certificate and/or written reference upon completion • Full support and 7 days, 24 hour back-up from our local staff • 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. Our staff will welcome you to our home-base upon arrival and ensure that all of your needs are met - from a safe and comfortable place to stay, to unparalleled access to perspectives and insight about the local culture
All travel costs must be covered by the intern. Budget at least 38 € for in-country travel on top of whatever your plane ticket costs. Most volunteers will spend less than 250 € a month on personal expenses while staying here, but this depends on how you like to live.
Contact Person: Manfred Mönnighoff; Project/charity name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz; Address: Samana, Dominican Republic, Tel: +1 829 7055 123; E-Mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org;
DIVING & MARINE CONSERVATION INTERNSHIP (Volunteer Opportunity)
ANIMAL RESCUE & FARM MAINTENANCE (Volunteer Opportunity)
NGO MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION - Experience the day-to-day running of a small, grass-roots NGO (Volunteer Opportunity)
MEDICINE & HEALTHCARE (Volunteer Opportunity)
DENTAL HEALTHCARE (Volunteer Opportunity)
SOCIAL & MULTI MEDIA JOURNALISM (Volunteer Opportunity)
YOUTH CARE, COMMUNITY & NATURE (Volunteer Opportunity)