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Aldeas de Paz - Peace Villages Foundation | Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Aldeas de Paz - Peace Villages Foundation

Published 5 months ago

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)

ENDANGERED MARINE SPECIES PROTECTION & CONSERVATION - Help protect endangered species and assist conserving and restoring marine environment!

Your diving training starts at zero and will lead you through two complete level of diver qualifications. Gain a speciality training certification before you assist with marine conservation tasks. You’ll gain valuable and life-changing experiences with this exciting diving internship where you will help with important day to day tasks at a diving center and learn diving while protecting marine flora and fauna! Even if you do not have previous diving experience you will obtain important diving skills, while gaining insight in what it means to operate a diving center and also help safe the marine environment!

Starting dates are:      

2019: September 2, October 14, November 25

2020: January 06, February 17, March 30, May 11, June 22, August 03, September 14, October 26

“Walk away with professional diving certifications and amazing experiences in one of the world's’ most beautiful marine environment!”

Samaná Bay is a significant breeding ground and nursery area for humpback whales from all over the North Atlantic and the most important multi-species fishing ground in the DR. While tourism is an important economic activity its impact on sensitive coastal-marine ecosystems is of particular concern. A major portion of environmental degradation in coastal areas is attributed to large-scale hotel developments in areas of high biodiversity and unregulated tour activities put at risk reproduction sites for whales and turtles. Mangrove deforestation and coral reef damage in turn decrease the resilience of these coastal marine ecosystems and increase their vulnerability to tropical storms. Additionally destructive lionfish (Pterois volitans) are invading coral reefs in the Americas and has been identified as one of the world’s greatest conservation issues. Our program is part of an effort to tackle an invasive species and help reverse coral reef damage!

What to expect

With the Open Water Diver International Diploma and a speciality training you’ll get with this internship, you will be able to dive up to -18m deep while assisting dive instructors in their day to day work at a busy local diving center. Once you have acquired the necessary training and skills, from the second week of your internship and on, you will additionally assist with marine conservation activities linking yourself with projects related to the conservation of aquatic coral nurseries, coral transplant and restoration, and training the local population on the importance of the environment. All seaborne diving activities depend greatly on weather patterns and sea conditions. This is a great opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the protection of the marine environment while at the same time becoming a passionate qualified diver and learn to master everyday challenges at a busy diving center working side by side with fellow interns and students, diving clients, dive masters and the chief instructor. The work can be quite demanding but is always very rewarding and varied. Physical fitness is important, no Spanish language skills are are required.

Internship activities can include but are not limited to

  • Gain all important diving skills and certifications as part of the six weeks diving internship at a busy diving school.
  • Assist with day to day operations at the diving center and help attending clients and diving students on diving trips.
  • Help with equipment maintenance and preparation, assist with logistics and office work and assist with up to five hours of non-diving related work per day.
  • Regular theory and practise classes as well as studies and research on marine conservation related subjects will prepare you for the actual conservation work towards the culmination of your internship.
  • Assist actively with the monitoring, protection and restoration of coral reefs.
  • Assist with conservational awareness raising activities in local schools and institutions.
  • Assist with the conservation and maintenance of aquatic coral nurseries.


No previous experiences required to participate in the program. A typical intern should be interested in diving and protecting flora, fauna and marine-life in general. He or she needs to be of good health, enthusiastic, proactive, willing to learn and ready for a challenge. You are expected to bring your own personal mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit (shorty/3mm) with you. (Scuba diving equipment is provided) Important Notice: This program requires working five flexible working days per week. (it is not a typical Monday to Friday week) Besides diving activities you are expected to fulfill scheduled working hours of non-diving related work at the diving station and local schools. We expect that interns adapt to program needs with flexibility, responsibility, commitment, patience and perseverance, among other significant qualities.

Volunteer placement or internship

Exclusively as Internship available

Language skills

Conversational English skills are required, Spanish is optional, additional languages welcome

Time Commitment

A minimum time commitment of 6 weeks is required

Starting dates are:      

2019: September 2, October 14, November 25

2020: January 06, February 17, March 30, May 11, June 22, August 03, September 14, October 26

Placement Locations

Las Terrenas

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. The calculation of your financial contribution/donation is set up so that the longer you stay the less you pay. 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 for this 6 weeks internship is only €1995. It includes two complete levels of qualification from basic to speciality training, Spanish language classes, shared accommodation fully equipped studio apartments, a special program donation as well as all scuba diving related equipment 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 the total it is €2.238. For an independent and completely equipped Bungalow within an gated residence or one-room apartment pay €2.460 and an all in Host Family homestay for 6 weeks is €2.886, including a private bedroom and two meals per day.  webpage

What is included

  • 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 regular Spanish lessons throughout your placement
  • Certificate and 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:; Webpage:; Facebook: http://www.facebook/AldeasdePaz; Instagram:; Twitter: @AldeasDePaz; YouTube:

ENDANGERED MARINE SPECIES PROTECTION & CONSERVATION - Help protect endangered species and assist conserving and restoring marine environment!

Your diving training starts at zero and will lead you through two complete level of…

Details at a glance

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


Calle Duarte, Las Terrenas 32000, DO

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