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NGO MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION - Experience the day-to-day running of a grass-roots NGO
ORGANIZATION: Aldeas de Paz
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- A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
2 people are interested
Aldeas de Paz is completely operational and all our programs are active! We are happy to invite volunteers and interns to join us in the Dominican Republic (DR). The Corona health situation in the DR is managed successfully and precautionary measures very similar to European and international standards are in place. Traveling to and from the Dominican Republic is possible without difficulty!
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 the day-to-day running of a grass-roots NGO. Volunteers and interns observe and assist the coordinator and director with office work, as well as in-community project support, administrative work and the coordination and supervision of community programs and participating volunteers. The NGO management volunteers and interns also help ensure the well-being of our volunteers and their coordination and 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 and dedicated volunteers. Direct work with our primary beneficiaries is an essential part of the work of Aldeas de Paz, so the NGO volunteers and 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.
- Experience the Dominican style of live and chill by the rhythm of Caribbean music!
- Gain Spanish fluency with the help of our free Spanish classes and share daily life with locals
- Become more passionate about your studies and propel your career with international experience!
- Make memories you never forget during weekend excursions with your fellow participants!
- Enjoy the gorgeous beaches of Samana, climb the mountain peaks of pico Duarte and visit historical sites in Santo Domingos' colonial town!
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
Volunteer placement, apprenticeship or internship
You can join this program as a volunteer, apprentice or intern.As a volunteer you are free to commit any number of hours per week. That's up to you! As an apprentice or 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. We are happy to give students academic credit or provide a report outlining the learning outcomes and deliverables achieved during the placement.
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.
Availability: This program is ongoing throughout the whole year.
Time Commitment: A minimum of 2 weeks commitment is required and can be extended up to one year.
Placement Location: Samana
Costs & 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 minimum contribution starts at €155 per week (after the second week) and includes Spanish language classes and accommodation at 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.
What is included
- Airport welcome service & transfer to your placement location
- Fully equipped Accommodation in Las Terrenas or Samana depending where you will be placed
- Free WiFi (30Mbps) & access to washing machine
- Free regular Spanish lessons throughout your placement
- Placement introduction, certificate & student credit
- Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff
- Information about adventure packages & in-country travel
About your Placement Location
The Aldeas de Paz Foundation headquarters are located in the villages of Samana and las Terrenas, located at the heart of Samana province and peninsula in the north-eastern corner of the Dominican Republic. These villages with about 15000 inhabitants are very peaceful and safe and are constituted by a community with a strong sense of social responsibility. The people themselves consider their towns very safe, there is no more crime here than in any average small European town. The Dominican Republic's countryside as a whole is very peaceful, and certainly one of the safest regions in the Caribbean.
The Foundation will do everything to make sure our volunteers remain safe during their arrival and stay in the Dominican Republic. On arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by our english speaking driver who will help you personally during your transit from the airport to the bus terminal granting you peace of mind and tranquillity. The driver will purchase your bus ticket while you catch the direct and comfortable bus to Samana, your placement location. Travel-time on the bus is two hours only. On arrival at the placement location, fellow volunteers and our Staff will welcome you and bring you to your accommodation.
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.
The DR government is managing the COVID-19 crisis astonishingly successfully with well organized and widespread vaccination campaigns and through preventive and precautionary measures! Commercial flights and tourist travel to and from the Dominican Republic is open and Aldeas de Paz is completely operational and our social programs are all active. Actually many volunteers are joining and early booking is advised since we are mostly booked out. Traveling to and from the Dominican Republic is perfectly possible without difficulty and Aldeas de Paz is completely operational, all our programs are active! For updates please read on here: https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/de/medien/coronavirus/
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!
Description Video of the program: https://youtu.be/DlXXyXcPl1k
Contact Person: Manfred Mönnighoff
Project/charity name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz
Address: Samana, Dominican Republic
Whatsapp: +1 829 7055 123
About Aldeas de Paz
Avenida La Marina, Santa Barbara de Samaná, Samaná 32000, DO
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 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.
We are a youth oriented 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.
Volunteer placement, apprenticeship or internship
You can join this program as a volunteer, apprentice or intern. 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 or 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. We are happy to give students academic credit or provide a report outlining the learning outcomes and deliverables achieved during the placement.
C/Adriana HortonSanta Barbara de Samana, Samana 32000Dominican Republic
October 22, 2022
- Administrative Support
- Office Management
- Program Management
- Group Facilitation
- CSR / Volunteer Coordination
- People 55+
- Must be at least 18
- A minimum time commitment of 2 weeks is required.
- No previous experience or special skills are required, enthusiasm is the most important thing!