Aldeas De Paz - Peace Villages Foundation
Aldeas De Paz - Peace Villages Foundation Programs
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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Aldeas De Paz - Peace Villages Foundation Reviews
Starting with the man in the mirror
Submitted by Saskia - Samana | March 14, 2018
If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change. When I came here, my focus was on my internship in the NGO program, firstly to fulfill my university requirements, and secondly because I am planning on doing my masters in NGO Management. But of course, how do you manage an NGO if you are not involved in the projects 100%? That’s why I also wanted to take part in the Youth and Community Program. Also, every Wednesday night I taught English for the community here in Samaná, ranging from all ages, which helped me to meet a lot of Dominican people and improve my Spanish. In the mornings I worked on my the laptop, creating ideas for how to improve the concept of Aldeas de Paz and in the afternoon I was part of something wonderful and reminded why I was there through working with the kids of the Mamá Elba School. It was my first time working with kids with special needs, but to be honest, this was one of my best experiences I have ever had so far. I think they even taught me more than I taught them. After the first weeks I realized I want to do something that has an impact on these kids and will help them long term. That was when I decided to start a Crowdfunding Campaign to collect money so the school will be able to pay for diagnosis and therapy for each kid. What I loved was that through having total flexibility and trust from Aldeas de Paz, I had the possibility to decide most things by myself and create this project together with the whole team. I really learned a lot just creating this project and learning by doing. It worked out great, though I have to admit that I had to get used to the Dominican way of working, which sometimes was really annoying and time consuming. I guess everyone who comes here just needs to accept this “tranquilo” attitude, but it can also help to get a little bit calmer and help you to deal with things; sometimes it just does not work out the way you planned it, deal with it! But besides that I love the Dominican Republic. Of course the beaches, sun and nature blow your mind here in Samanà, but I promise these heartwarming people, the music, the dancing, the food (yaroaaa), the colmados and the culture in general will be even more a life-changing experience in an awesome way. I can’t describe how much I am impressed and in love with this country and these people and I guess you just can understand if you are here by yourself and open-minded enough to enjoy and try everything new. So people out there who want to experience a country with a big heart, good food, amazing people and you really want to be part of something beautiful, Aldeas de Paz is perfect.
Trip of a lifetime!
Submitted by Adam - - | March 09, 2018
I arrived in Samana on the 16th October 2017. As soon as I got off the bus I was
welcomed by my ‘buddy’ (A volunteer who introduces you to Samana for the first
few days) and one of the coordinator’s. This friendly welcome helped me to
settle into the Dominican Lifestyle which is drastically different from the United
Kingdom. I was introduced to the NGO team who I would be working with for the
8 weeks and the other volunteers who were volunteering with the charity.
I realised very quickly that the coordinators and volunteers were all extremely
passionate about their work as they knew that this was having a direct impact on
the children of the Special Needs school which the ADP run. I was assigned
multiple tasks ranging from researching new agencies that promote the charity to
translating text into English. This was a great chance to develop my team
working skills, time management and skills working independently.
I was given the opportunity to teach English to the Dominicans which I took
straight away. This was a great chance to assist with their personal development
and wellbeing as it would help them get jobs in the booming tourism sector. I
thoroughly enjoyed planning and presenting these lessons and watching their
I was never worried about being bored, there was always work to do and at the
weekends we would go to a beach or to a local excursion. These were perfect to
conclude a week of volunteering and gave me a chance to see more of the
Dominican Culture and the countryside. In my 8 weeks here I have had the
chance to work with disabled children, learn about veterinary, teach english, gain
experience and help with the management of a small NGO, learnt (somewhat)
how to dance the Dominican way, found out how to exit a hammock after
multiple failed attempts and met a fantastic group of volunteers who I will be sure
to see again sometime in the future. I couldn’t have asked for a better 8 weeks
and I will be sure to miss the children, the volunteers and of course, the sun.
My experiences at Aldeas de Paz in the Dominican Republic
Submitted by Michael - - | March 07, 2018
I worked for 2 and a half Months in the NGO Management in Las Terrenas. I had a lot of different tasks during my stay. For example, Managing the publishing of Job offers on Listing Websites or
ranslating texts for the Website and many many more smaller tasks.
My highlight was a trip with all of the Volunteers to a rented Villa with a perfect view and a nice atmosphere. But it was just one of many beautiful trips we did together.
Aldeas de Paz is a very familial organization. It´s not too big and you get to know every coordinator on site. The coordinators are really kind and take care about every need the volunteers have.
The Dominican Republic is obviously a very hot place and you need to get used to the climate in the first days. Most of the Dominican people I met were really friendly and always open for a conversation. I always wondered about the loud music, which is played at every corner every day.
Sometimes it can get annoying but most of the time it´s very enjoyable.
I can really recommend you to travel to Aldeas de Paz in the Dominican Republic, because you will make a lot of experiences for your future. It is also a good way to get out of your „normal“ life and get to know a different culture.
Such a good time
Submitted by Greta - - | March 06, 2018
I had such a good time here in the Dominican Republic. Mainly due to the many nice people I met and friends I made during my time with Aldeas de Paz. They all amazed me by their incredible heartwarming attitude. My workplace at the hospital was really interesting because I had the opportunity to work with HIV patients and experience the medical system of a developing country. The only disadvantage was the fact that there was sometimes not enough work for me and my coworker because we did not have any qualifications a nurse or a doctor would have had. However, the people we worked with were very supportive and willing to get in touch with us and because of that I made some good friends in the hospital.
I also enjoyed the free time activities we did together. There are so many things to do, especially going to the beaches and the bars!
A huge thank you to the Foundation which gave me the opportunity to be part of a great team and also to my coordinators who treated us like friends and supported us during tough times.
My experience in Samaná has been a great one!
Submitted by Kaitlin - Santo Domingo Dominican Republic | March 05, 2018
I feel like I’ve had some highs and lows, making it a great learning experience in a short amount of time. First off, it doesn’t get any more beautiful than the view. The first few days were overwhelming meeting all the other volunteers and kids at school, while not yet knowing where to find anything in town. Being in an apartment definitely comes with its pros and cons as well. I didn’t like that the majority of other people were in the shared apartments and particularly at night couldn’t safely get to hang out with them. This has gotten better making plans in advance to have a travel buddy.
I love how welcoming everyone is and no one is shut off or out of any group or activity. Once I knew people had been here for months, I feared it would be hard to make connections quickly when so many friendships have already been established. I was happy to find that is not the case at all and
everyone is always included.
Having basically no prior Spanish knowledge, I feel like this has made a unique experience. It has been difficult communicating with Dominicans, especially at school. However, it also has been cool to
overcome that barrier. I’ve had to quickly learn some key phrases and feel like I can successfully order food. Kids have been patient and we have tried to teach each other Spanish/English words. No matter where you are, kids are the same and have a great spirit about them. They have been fun to play and learn with. With the scheduling changes and addition of Jessica, it is a cool time to see the
transition and growth in ADP. I’m excited to see the progress even once I leave!
I am looking forward to comforts of home (water not turning off, air conditioning, not loud to sleep), but the atmosphere and people make this a special place that I hope to return to.