In the Dominican Republic there are plenty of animals in need of care and a home. Many dogs are homeless and sick, you often find neglected and malnourished horses and cats are often treated badly - just to give some examples. It is rare that anyone cares about these animals or gives them the affection and nurture that they need.
For many years, a farm close to the city Samana has already been helping animals in need by providing a home, food and arranging medical treatments. Dogs, horses, mules, cows and many other animals live on the ranch in the middle of the beautiful nature that surrounds Samana. There is always a lot to do and support is much needed to be able to continue providing care to the animals and finding new homes, especially for the almost 50 dogs living on the farm. You can become a part of this project by taking care of the animals, training them and maintaining the property. By raising awareness and educating children about how animals can increase our well-being if we take care of them you can also contribute to improving the situation in the long run.
Activities can include but are not limited to:
- Caring for dogs, dogs and mules and training them
- Maintaining meadow, stables and kennels
- Maintaining the farm by helping with painting, building fences, planting king grass, fixing doors, amongst other tasks
- Supporting veterinarians during medical treatments or operations to neuter or spay animals
- Developing and executing awareness raising and education activities for children or the general population in order to improve the situation of neglected animals in the long run
Overall there are no previous experiences required to participate in the program, but of course you have to be an animal lover. A typical Animal Care & Farm Maintenance volunteer and intern has already worked in animal shelters, is a student in a veterinary school or a dog walker, etc. However, a person that does not necessarily have any experience or training, but just really loves animals and wants to help care for them is welcome as well. He or she needs to be enthusiastic, proactive, ready for a challenge and willing to do maintenance work. It is important to keep in mind that the farm work does not only consist of petting dogs but also includes physical work like cleaning kennels and stables and being outside a lot. Nevertheless, the animal’s love and affection that you will be met with are worth all of the effort! Friendliness, commitment and patience are among significant qualities.
In this program, we also encourage you to come with a friend and volunteer together because sharing the work at the farm will be even more fun.
Basic Spanish skills are needed, but an advanced level of Spanish experience will open up more opportunities. In order to enable deeper integration into the community, we provide up to six free Spanish classes on a weekly basis, full support, and 24/7 backup.
Volunteer placement or internship
This program can be booked as a volunteer placement or as an internship. Please inform us of your school or university’s internship requirements in advance so that we can work out your personalized work plan together. Also inform us about your personal expectations and your goals and we will see how we can help you to achieve them.
A minimum time commitment of 2 weeks is required. However, the aim is that you will also be able to work autonomously when the owner has to handle organizational matters. For that, a stay of at least 8 weeks would be needed learn the ropes and get used to the work.
Samana - The farm is located about 20 minutes away from the city Samana. Sometimes the owner of the farm or another employee can bring you there; sometimes you have to go there by public transport.
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 we add € 30 per week.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 .
Spanish language classes - volunteers or interns receive up to six 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 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 immerse in the Spanish language and the Dominican culture.
Contact Person: Manfred Mönnighoff; Project/charity name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz; Address: Samana, Dominican Republic, Tel: +1 829 7055 123; E-Mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; Webpage: http://www.peacevillages.org
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.
- Must be at least 18. Two weeks minimum. No previous experience or special skills are required.