This versatile experience and observation program is perfect for those wanting to learn more about how a small grass-root NGO is managed and run. This program is focused on those who are interested in starting their own charity or want hands-on experience working in an NGO. The NGO Administration volunteer program gives insight into all aspects of running Aldeas de Paz Foundation. 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 Manager will furthermore help to ensure the wellbeing of our volunteers.
* Assist the local program director with management activities
* Support the day-to-day running of the NGO
* Assist the program coordinators when introducing new volunteers to the NGO including daily functions, challenges and strategies
* Create a space for volunteers to be innovative in their work to improve the performance of the foundation and its programs
* Encourage volunteer initiative in designing and implementing projects to increase the foundation's reach
* Ensure the smooth functioning of our operations and the full integration of volunteers
Activities can include but are not limited to
* Assisting with the coordination of volunteers
* Conducting volunteer introduction meetings
* Assisting the coordinator with general administration
* Working in financial accountability tasks such as financial planning and budgeting
* Shadowing the director in typical NGO tasks as well as community meetings
* Attend frequent foundation meetings to discuss events at the foundation
* Participate in and remain informed of all of the foundation programs
* Assist with updating social networks and the webpage
* Assist with editing our monthly newsletter
Program activities for volunteers with more 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 projects, working with locals to find new volunteer opportunities, translate newsletters and website information into Spanish
We expect our volunteers and interns to dedicate a minimum of four hours/ four days per week and a maximum of eight hours/ five days per week working in their respective programs. Volunteers/interns usually come by themselves or with their partner to our foundation. Volunteers/interns under 18 need to bring a written permission from their parents or guardians. We welcome individual volunteers, families and groups regardless of age, experience or background. You don't have to speak fluent Spanish; we provide free Spanish classes on a regular base, full support and 24/7 back up.
No previous experience or special 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 or conversational Spanish is very helpful for some activities but even without knowledge of the Spanish language there is a lot to do. To enable deeper integration into the community we provide free Spanish classes on a regular basis, full support and 24/7 back-up. We ask you to bring your laptop with you as flexibility regarding your working environment is necessary.
A minimum time commitment of 4 weeks is required
Volunteer placement or internship
This program can be booked as a volunteer placement or as an internship. Please let us know your school or universities internship requirements and we will work out your personalized work plan.
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 calculation of your minimum 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 € 100 per week including double room accommodation at our Aldeas de Paz Guesthouse. For single room add € 20 per week, for fully equipped studio apartment add € 25 per week to the rate. Minimum donation for the Host Family stay is € 180 per week and includes a private bedroom and two meals (breakfast and lunch).
Spanish Language immersion classes - Volunteers or Interns receive 6 free language lessons every week. 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 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 culture.
Contact Person: Manfred Mönnighoff; Project/charity name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz; Address: Santa Barbara de Samana, Dominican Republic, Tel: +1 829 7055 123; E-Mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; Webpage: http://www.peacevillages.org; Facebook: http://www.facebook/AldeasdePaz; Twitter: @AldeasDePaz; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Peacevillages
- Administrative Support
- Office Management
- Program Management
- Group Facilitation
- CSR / Volunteer Coordination
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- A four 4 weeks minimum time commitment is required
- No previous experience or special skills are required