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. Travelling to and from the Dominican Republic is possible without difficulty!
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. Gain a speciality training certification before you assist with marine conservation tasks. If you already have basic qualifications we offer you upgrades for advanced OW, S. & Rescue diving training and Dive Master training as well as a number of specialties. 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 the 1. and 3. Monday of every month throughout the whole year!
"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 and assist actively at our coral nurseries. 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.
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 demanding but is always very rewarding and varied. Physical fitness is important, no Spanish language skills are required. All seaborne diving activities depend greatly on weather patterns and sea conditions.
Internship activities can include but are not limited to
Gain all important diving skills and certifications as part of the four weeks placement at a busy diving school and marine conservation project
Regular theory and practice classes as well as studies and research on marine conservation related subjects will prepare you for the actual conservation work after two weeks of training
Work at the project and learn about the ecology of the species Acropora cervicornis
Learn and practice cleaning and routine maintenance techniques of aquatic coral nurseries
Help with equipment maintenance and preparation, assist with logistics and office work
Assist actively with the monitoring of coral reefs
Assist with conservation awareness raising activities in local schools, the tourist industry and beaches
Help with the maintenance, protection and restoration of aquatic coral nurseries
Assist with day to day operations at the diving center and help attending clients and students on diving trips
No previous experience required to participate in the program. A typical volunteer or 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. Please bring your own personal wetsuit (shorty/3mm) with you. (complete scuba diving equipment is provided) Important Notice: This program requires 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 conservation work and educational activities like f.e. awareness raising activities in 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 You can join this program as a volunteer or a Intern. As an 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 and we will see how we can help you achieve them.
Volunteer placement or internship: Exclusively as Internship available
Availability: ongoing throughout the whole year
Starting dates are the 1. and 3. Monday of every month throughout the whole year!
Placement Location: Las Terrenas
Time Commitment: A minimum time commitment of 4 weeks is required and can be extended per week up to a total of 25 weeks.
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 a 4 weeks placement is only €1725. 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 is €1.925 and an all in Host Family homestay for 4 weeks is €2.325, including a private bedroom and two meals per day. webpage
What is included
Welcome Service at the airport and transport to your placement location
Volunteer or Internship placement
Accommodation of your choice
Placement introduction, training, supervision, briefings and meetings
Free regular Spanish lessons throughout your placement
Free Wifi and use of washing machine at all our facilities
Certificate, written reference and student credit
Information about adventure packages
Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff
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.
Calle Adriano Horton, 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.
OUR PURPOSE 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 or internship Most of our participants join as volunteers and are free to commit from between 20 to 40 hours per week. That's up to you! As an intern however you most 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 and we will see how we can help you achieve them.
We'll work with your schedule.
32200Las Terrenas, Las TerrenasDominican Republic
April 12, 2021
Must be at least 18
A minimum time commitment of 6 weeks is required
Starting dates are:
For 2019: July 01; August 12, September 23, November 04;
For 2020: January 06, February 17, March 30, May 11, June 22, August 03