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

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Aldeas de Paz - Peace Villages Foundation | Santa Barbara de Samana, Dominican Republic

Aldeas de Paz - Peace Villages Foundation

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Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)

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 Aldeas de Paz Foundation. This program is focused on those who are interested in starting their own charity or want hands-on experience working in an NGO. The foundation relies on NGO volunteers to ensure smooth operations and therefore 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 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 can include but are not limited to

  • Shadowing the director/ coordinator in general administration & day-to-day tasks
  • Support the day-to-day running of the NGO and assist with the coordination of volunteers
  • Working in financial accountability tasks such as financial planning and budgeting
  • Attend and help moderating operational meetings to discuss events at the foundation and regular meetings with the volunteers and interns as well as meetings with local actors, authorities and community members
  • Take meeting minutes, prepare reports and inform coordinators and board members
  • Participate in and remain informed of all program activities
  • Assist with updating social networks and the webpage
  • Help promoting our cause online and help practice fundraising through social media and grant writing
  • Assist with editing our monthly newsletter
  • Help with editing information and job descriptions and assist with updating listing opportunities and forward updated information to our international sending agents
  • For skilled project editors and managers: assist our director with project funding research, project editing and managing

Program activities for volunteers with advanced Spanish skills: 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, organizing community outreach, working with locals to find new volunteer opportunities, translate newsletters and website information into Spanish.


No previous NGO experience or specific 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 ideal volunteer 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. 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 back-up. We ask you to bring your laptop and Pen Drive with you as flexibility regarding your working environment is necessary.

Volunteer Placement or Internship

This program can be booked as volunteer placement or as internship.

Time Commitment

Minimum time commitment is 2 weeks

Placement Locations


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 €40 per week and an all in Host Family homestay upgrade is €145 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

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

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: http://www.peacevillages.org; Facebook: http://www.facebook/AldeasdePaz; Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/AldeasDePaz; Twitter: @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 Aldeas de Paz Foundation. This program is…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language / Cultural Support Available
  • Groups Welcome
  • Families Welcome
  • International Volunteers Welcome


Santa Barbara de Samana, DO