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 now 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. Travelling 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!
* 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.
Interns may be assigned work in the following functional areas of a Hotel:
* Food and Beverage, Catering
* Rooms, Residential
* Human Resources
* Sales and Marketing
* Maintenance, Technical
* Shops, 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.
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.
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.
* University student/graduate
* At least basic/ intermediate Spanish
* Knowledge of other languages is a plus
* Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite
* Average age is 18-30 years old
* Be open minded to start new opportunities
A minimum of 4 weeks commitment 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
- 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