HOSPITALITY & TOURISM – Work at exotic destinations and enjoy fun-filled


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

C/Adriana HortonINDOTELSanta Barbara de Samana, Samana 32000DO


About

Volunteer Placement & Internship Opportunity

If you find yourself daydreaming of exotic destinations and fun-filled adventures and the thought of a repetitive 9-5 job bores you, an internship in the Dominican Republic in the hospitality or tourism industry may be just what you need.

Aldeas de Paz offers hospitality and tourism internship opportunities to undergraduates and graduates who want to get a head start in their career and gain first-hand in hospitality or tourism. This will be through exposure to various volunteer roles, such as working in a hotel, resort or at a tour operator .

Opportunities include working in a high-end hotel, a popular local backpacker hostel, at a local tour operator’s office for adventure holidays or at the ministry of tourism and environmental protection teaching tour guides and helping protect the delicate environment using Multi Media. Jobs depend on candidates’ qualifications.

Interning abroad is more than just a great way to get a step up over your competition in the industry and gain a feel for what management level positions will be like. Traveling abroad also presents the opportunity to experience a whole new culture and adventures, giving you new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. If you are a student with a major in business, tourism or hospitality (preferred) who is interested in an exciting career in the field of hospitality or tourism and are looking to gain practical experiences while developing relationships with leaders in the field, this internship might be exactly what you are looking for!

Objectives

Gain insight into the running of a hotel, hostel or tourist operation business

Encourage initiative in designing and implementing improvements and increase the business reach on the market

Create a space for volunteers and interns to be involved in typical work on a day-by-day basis and promote ecological tourism in the region

Our Internships may also serve as a point of entry into a Manager in Training programme (not guaranteed). The programme is designed to give participants the tools they need to accelerate their careers and succeed as future leaders. Candidates are exposed to valuable experiences, project work, mentorship and feedback throughout the programme.

Available areas of work experience in a hotel:



Food and beverage operations

Housekeeping

Human Resources

Sales and Marketing

Front-of-house

Holiday Representatives

Maintenance

Business Development

Activities at a tourist operator can include but are not limited to

  • Assist the director with general administration work such as budget planning, coordination, editing and providing thorough client attention.
  • Shadow the director in typical tasks
  • Plan & lead frequent meetings to discuss trips and tours with clients
  • Participate in and remain informed of each tour and trip
  • Revise and update website, as well as social media sites
  • Write and edit a monthly newsletter with the help of fellow workers
  • Provide clients with insight about their planned trips and tours, challenges, responsibilities and precautions
  • Create a space for improvement of touristic products and organizational performance
  • Develop initiative in designing and implementing strategies to increase the business reach & impact


Program activities for volunteers with more advanced Spanish skills

Design public relations projects to mobilize support. These include, but are not limited to, radio broadcasts and participate in meetings with politicians and local authorities. Translate newsletters and website information into Spanish.

Requirements

Your Profile

This program is suitable for students with free holiday time, pre-university students, students taking or planning to take any Tourism related studies or Marketing as well as professionals. The key requirements for a volunteer or intern are initiative, enthusiasm, and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances. If candidates have more specialized skills, this will allow for more specialized activities. Basic conversational Spanish skills are required and the more advanced your level of experience and Spanish language skills, the larger the number of opportunities available. To allow for deeper engagement with your placement we also offer 6 free Spanish language lessons every week allowing for an enhanced experience as a volunteer/intern with us.

    • Students/graduates with a major in business, tourism or hospitality (preferred)
    • Basic/Intermediate Spanish
    • Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Speak any other languages is a plus

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.

Time Commitment

A minimum of 4 weeks commitment is required

Locations:

Samana & Las Terrenas

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 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 € 110 per week including double room accommodation at our Aldeas de Paz Guesthouse. For a single room add € 30 per week, for fully equipped studio apartment add € 35 per week to the rate. The minimum donation for the Host Family stay is € 200 per week and includes a private bedroom and two meals (breakfast and lunch). For more information about costs and benefits check out our webpage .

Special Offer

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 Information

Contact Person: Manfred Mönnighoff; Project/charity name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz; Address: Samana, Dominican Republic, Tel: +1 829 7055 123; E-Mail: mailto: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

Skills

  • Office Reception
  • Event Design & Planning
  • Group Facilitation
  • Customer Service

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Minimum of 4 weeks time commitment

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