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NGO MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION - Experience the day-to-day running of a small, grass-roots NGO

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Samaná, Samaná, Dominican Republic
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Published 25 days ago
NGO MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION - Experience the day-to-day running of a small, grass-roots NGO

NGO MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION - Experience the day-to-day running of a small, grass-roots NGO

This versatile experience and observation program gives insight into all aspects of running the Aldeas de Paz Foundation. This program is focused on those who are interested in starting their own charity or want hands-on experience in working in an NGO. Volunteers and interns observe and assist the coordinator with office work, as well as in-community project support, administrative work and the coordination and supervision of community programs. The NGO volunteers/interns also help ensure the well-being of our volunteers and their full integration into various programs offered, as well as into the social life of the community. The foundation relies on NGO volunteers/interns to ensure smooth operations and therefore requires flexible volunteers. Direct work with our primary beneficiaries is an essential part of the work of Aldeas de Paz, so the NGO volunteers/interns are also expected to participate in foundation-wide events and activities involving our beneficiaries.

What to expect

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 Management volunteer/intern will furthermore help to ensure the wellbeing of our volunteers and their full integration into various programs offered, as well as into the social life in Samaná.

Activities for advanced Spanish speakers

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

Activities can include but are not limited to 

  • Assisting with the coordination of volunteers, including conducting meetings 
  • Supporting the day-to-day running of the NGO and attending meetings with local actors, authorities and community members
  • Shadowing the director/coordinator in general administration and day-to-day tasks
  • Working in financial accountability tasks such as financial planning and budgeting
  • Attending frequent operational meetings to discuss events at the foundation
  • Participating in and remaining informed of all the foundation’s programs
  • Assisting with updating social networks and the webpage
  • Helping promote our cause online and practicing fundraising through social media and grant writing
  • Assisting board meetings, taking useful meeting minutes and preparing reports
  • Assisting with editing our monthly newsletter
  • Helping with editing information and job descriptions and assisting with updating listing opportunities and forwarding updated information to our international sending agents

Requirements

No previous experience or special skills are required. A typical NGO administration and management volunteer and intern needs to be enthusiastic, willing to learn, ready for a challenge and has to 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 ideal volunteer would have a passion for development aid, some experience in international volunteering and a desire to help other volunteers to have a great stay with us. Activities that a volunteer can participate in are entirely dependent on motivation and previous experience. Staff and other volunteers will support the participant. Basic conversational Spanish is very helpful for some activities but even without knowledge of the Spanish language, there is lots of work to do. To enable deeper integration into the community we provide free Spanish classes on a weekly basis, full support and 24/7 backup. We ask you to bring your laptop as well as a pen drive with you as flexibility regarding your working environment is necessary.

Volunteer placement or apprenticeship

You can join this program as a volunteer or apprentice. That's up to you! As a volunteer you are free to commit any number of hours per week. That's up to you! As an apprentice however you probably have to fulfill requirements set by your school or university. Please inform us of your school or university requirements in advance so that we can work out your personalized work plan together. Also tell us about your personal expectations and goals. We are happy to give students academic credit or provide a report outlining the learning outcomes and deliverables achieved during the placement.

Availability

This program is ongoing throughout the whole year

Time Commitment

A minimum time commitment of 2 weeks is required and can be extended up to one year 

Placement Location

Samana

Financial Contribution & Benefits

Aldeas de Paz works hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and offers financial transparency by practicing an open book policy. We encourage longer stays, recognizing that longer stays lead to more productive volunteer work, whereby more energy and time is donated in place of money! We offer free Spanish language classes, a double room at one of our fully equipped guesthouse apartments, personal airport welcome, pick-up & 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. 

What is included

  • Volunteer or Internship placement
  • Personal airport welcome, pick-up & transfer to our location
  • Fully equipped Accommodation, free WiFi & and laundry
  • Placement introduction, supervision, certificate, student credit
  • Free regular Spanish lessons throughout your placement
  • Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff
  • Information about adventure packages & in-country travel

Special Offer

Volunteers and interns receive free language lessons throughout their placement duration. Classes focus on developing four basic communication skills: listening, comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to speak Spanish right from the very first day, using it in typical real-life situations as soon as they step outside the classroom where learning continues as they are immersed in the Spanish language and the Dominican culture.

Covid 19

Our primary responsibility is the well being of our volunteers, our staff, our beneficiaries and of everyone involved in our programs. The Covid 19 health situation in the Dominican Republic is managed quite well and precautionary measures are very dynamic, similar to European and international standards. Traveling to and from the Dominican Republic is possible without difficulty. Aldeas de Paz is completely operational - all our programs are active! For extra peace of mind we offer a free flexible travel date change. We are standing by to answer any questions or concerns you might have and look forward to hearing from you!

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/ngo-administration-management/

Facebook: https://www.facebook/AldeasdePaz

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AldeasDePaz

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

NGO MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION - Experience the day-to-day running of a small, grass-roots NGO

This versatile experience and observation program gives insight into all aspects of running the Aldeas de Paz Foundation. This program…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Fee Required: $1115
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language / Cultural Support Available
  • Groups Welcome
  • Families Welcome
  • International Volunteers Welcome

Location

On-site
Samaná 32000, Dominikanische Republik

Apply to This Volunteer Opportunity

Instructions:

You can apply straightaway by following this link: https://www.peacevillages.org/apply/


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