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Animal Care & Farm Maintenance in the Dominican Republic
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Animal Care & Farm Maintenance in the Dominican Republic

Causes

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Welfare
  • Education
  • Equestrian
  • Organic Farming

Program Duration

1-2 Years, 2-4 Weeks, 3-6 Months, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 7-12 Months, Summer

Year(s) Offered

All year

Participation Guidelines

American, European, Australian, South African, Kiwi, Worldwide, Asian, Canadian, Irish and British Participants. This Program is also open to Families and Couples.

Cost in USD per week

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 € 100 per week including double room accommodation at our Aldeas de Paz Guesthouse. Add € 25 to the rate per week for a single room, add € 35 to the rate per week for a fully equipped studio apartment. Minimum donation for the Host Family stay is € 180 per week and includes a private bedroom and two meals (breakfast and lunch or dinner). Please contact us for more information about costs and benefits.

Program Includes:

• Volunteer placement in the program/s of your choice
• Accommodation
• Placement introduction and hand-outs, supervision, regular briefings
• Free Spanish language lessons
• Certificate and/or written reference upon completion
• Full support and 7 days, 24 hour back-up from our local staff
• Santa Barbara de Samana bus terminal pick-up

Accommodation Options

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Dormitory
  • Group living
  • Guest House
  • Home-stays

Salary & Compensation

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.

Experience Required

No.

Qualifications

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 (for example cleaning kennels and stables). Friendliness, commitment and patience are among significant qualities. Basic conversational Spanish skills are required, and the more advanced your level of experience and Spanish language skills are, the more opportunities will be available to you. In order to enable deeper integration into the community, we provide six free Spanish classes on a weekly basis, full support, and 24/7 back up.

Application Procedures

  • Online Application
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