Aldeas De Paz - Peace Villages Foundation
Aldeas De Paz - Peace Villages Foundation Programs
Acquire hands-on experience while working alongside fellow interns (or volunteers) and medical staff at a hospital or neighborhood health clinic in the Dominican Republic....
Fundacion Aldeas De Paz offers you the opportunity to experience the daily functions and operation of a small, grassroots NGO in the Dominican Republic through this internship...
Take advantage of the opportunity to practice and enhance your skills in social media while immersing in a fascinating culture! Sign up for a Social Multimedia Journalism...
Ever daydreamed about traveling to an exotic destination and experiencing fun-filled adventures? If you dread the idea of a repetitive 9-5 job, sign up for internship opportunities...
Whether you are planning to or already taking courses towards dentistry, use your knowledge to make a difference in the lives of people from underserved communities in the...
Fast-growing tourism is a serious threat to the environment in the Dominican Republic. Samaná Bay is not only a significant breeding ground and nursery area for humpback...
Plenty of animals in the Dominican Republic have been abandoned; hence, needing a new home and care. Several of these are dogs, cats, and horses, which are often neglected...
Aldeas De Paz - Peace Villages Foundation Reviews
I enjoyed every moment of it
Submitted by Naomi Baumgarten - Germany | November 16, 2017
I spent four months volunteering with Aldeas de Paz and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Originally I signed up for the NGO management project but then I also joined the youth care & community team which is working in a small school for children with special needs and learning difficulties.
I had loads of fun working with the kids in school even though at first I wasn't sure if I would be able to work well with them. After more or less one week all the kids had adjusted to me as a new teacher and started to trust me which really made me more confident. Even after a short time I saw a change in the children's learning progress which was very rewarding.
On top of that we do a parents reunion with all the teachers and the children's parents once a month, where we exchange our observations and thoughts about the children. This is also a great possibility for the volunteers to hear from the parents directly about the difference we make in their children's lives. One mother told me that for the first time in her life her 27-years-old mentally disabled daughter has had the chance to go to school and learn something. She is now able to read numbers and write some letters, the girl’s family and their friends had all seen a positive difference in her daughter's social behaviour. This was one of the situations where I realised that we really do have an impact in the kid's life no matter if we work there for only a few weeks or for a few months.
Another aspect of Aldeas de Paz that I truly enjoyed was that even though it's a small NGO there were so many international volunteers who I got to meet and who I became friends with. I had loads of fun with them in the evenings and on weekend trips that we did regularly.
I believe that in those four months I lived in Samana I made friends with not only volunteers from all over the world but also local Dominicans who I'll hopefully stay friends with for a long time.
An absolute amazing experience
Submitted by Katie Scaroni - Santo Domingo Dominican Republic | September 22, 2017
My volunteer work here in the Dominican Republic has been an absolute amazing experience. It was everything I imagined it would be, if not more. This trip was ultimately supposed to be the answer to my career choice. It became something so much more than that. Not only did I decide that working in a hospital, helping and caring for people is what I want to do for the rest of my life, the people have been nothing but good to me. I was able to exercise my Spanish speaking skills and in return was appreciated for the help I was giving and my capability to communicate with patients and the locals. I've made special bonds with these local people here. Such amazing bonds that I will continue to keep in contact with them and eventually return to visit.
Working in the hospital is rewarding. I believe the most important part of volunteering was knowing the things I was experiencing or witnessing were things I wouldn't have had the opportunity to see in the United States. The conditions the staff works in is absolutely mind blowing. As I mentioned before, this trip has satisfied all of my desires. I am so grateful I had this opportunity and got to meet so many incredible people. Thank you Aldeas de Paz!
Whilst my time in Samana was short, it was incredibly unforgettable
Submitted by Victoria Parkinson - Santo Domingo Dominican Republic | September 20, 2017
I was on the NGO programme and I enjoyed it very much. I particularly enjoyed having direct exposure to the overall running of the organisation. It was interesting to see how the coordinators overcame challenges that are often presented in a grass roots charity. I enjoyed these meetings, especially been part of the team that would help come up with different solutions. I also helped at the school and the English lessons for the doctors, both which I enjoyed immensely. The children were always happy to be there and it’s clear the school is an important part of the community. When I first arrived, I definitely experienced a bit of a culture shock! Not speaking the language made it more difficult and probably added my initial anxiety. But after a couple of days, I began to really immerse myself in it. I enjoyed going to the market with the other volunteers to buy food for lunch - the fruit and vegetables were amazing!! After a couple of Spanish lessons I slowly started to get a bit of a feel for the language and if I was struggling, one of the other volunteers would always be there to help. I stayed in the volunteer house which was really lovely, the kitchen was more than substantial and there was plenty space to relax. There is a lot of support amongst the volunteers and always somebody to talk to. Finally, the country itself is incredibly beautiful, there is so much to see and the scenery is truly idyllic. I would really recommend the organisation!
Submitted by Bruce - Santo Domingo Dominican Republic | September 19, 2017
Going to a new country as a volunteer is an eye-opening experience, both personally and culturally. Furthermore, it allowed me to reinforce my desire to apply my skills and knowledge to help others. The accommodation and guidance from Julia and Manfred made the trip really comfortable. I have learned a lot from Manfred, he has great ambitions for the organisation. Aldeas de Paz is having a real positive impact in the local community and it is rewarding to know that you have contributed somehow. I met so many amazing people and had so many intense experiences along the way, working with the children from Mama Elba school remains the most wonderful experience of all. I have truly enjoyed my time with Aldeas de Paz and would definitely recommend the NGO to anyone. Thanks again for everything and I will be back again some day!
A month in a Dominican hospital
Submitted by Valerie - King's College London | August 28, 2017
The organisation is very welcoming and does its best to make you feel a part of the group, even
before entering the Dominican Republic. For example, I was invited to the organisations WhatsApp
group a week before arriving, so that I could get to know the other volunteers and understand the
latest information occurring in the Dominican Republic. During my stay, staff members, were very
helpful and attentive to my needs and any concerns that I had, which I greatly appreciate. I also
believe that the weekly group meeting was good in making me feel involved and I felt that I could
easily talk to someone if I was not happy about a particular event that occurred during the week.
Working in the hospital as part of the Healthcare Placement, was interesting for my first week as I
had the opportunity to shadow a US doctor, who played a role in consulting patients and prescribing
drugs. It was interesting to see certain diseases which are less common in a developed country, in
addition to this, it was very busy during this period, so there was a lot to observe. My second week
in the medical sonography department was much less interesting, as it is not a busy department to
work in. One advice I could suggest is perhaps, the organisation could inform the directing manager
of the hospital to monitor the departments which are the busiest, and only place volunteers in the
busiest areas. This is so that time is not wasted. My last weeks involved me working in the Dental
Department, in which I was more satisfied with, as staff tried their best to give me tasks to do,
despite the language barrier. Also, I would say to benefit from working in the hospital the most, a
conversational level of Spanish would be much more useful, as there is no hospital staff who can
The other volunteers are very friendly and welcoming, I believe that it is great that all the
apartments are very close to one another, which makes it easy to meet up and socialise. The
weekend often involves visiting other towns in Samana, sometimes overnight, which is great if you
also enjoy exploring and seeing new places.
Living in Samana/ Culture in the Dominican Republic:
Samana is beautiful province with a great tropical weather. However, I would advise new volunteers
to bring an umbrella or raincoat, as when it rains, it is extreme! Additionally, due to being in the
Caribbean, these objects are not as readily available. Locals are extremely friendly and the particular
place where we live has everything you need in a short distance to one another. It is a great place to
reside in, I will definitely miss the place when I am back in the UK.