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Aldeas de Paz
Aldeas de Paz
Playing Baseball with the kids
Playing Baseball with the kids
Teaching at Mama Elba School
Teaching at Mama Elba School
Volunteering at Mama Elba School
Volunteering at Mama Elba School
"Mama Elba" School

About

Our aim is to empower children, youth, young adults and woman by providing a educational platform where they can be supported in developing their potential and improving their own lives. At our "Mama Elba" school in Samana we are promoting the integration of special need students into the educational system. Our language and skill training programs provide volunteers with the opportunity to make a difference to our local community members who would otherwise lack these important opportunities. Assist with activities like computer literacy classes and teaching language classes in English, German or any other language. In Las Terrenas volunteers assist with public school teaching and tutoring, but also swimming classes, sailing classes or first aid workshops can be offered to local youth. We are involved in youth, family and community development. We promote leadership and life skills, healthy lifestyle and constructive use of free time. We promote gender equality and women empowerment.

Highlights
  • Organize and lead intercultural events and regular meetings for local community members and international volunteers, expats and travelers with cross-cultural activities fostering exchange and integration.
  • Assist in our school with recreational, developmental and therapeutic activities for children and young adults with special needs
  • Bring joy into the lives of disadvantaged children by taking care of them and playing with them and let their smiles brighten up your day!
  • Get fluent in Spanish by receiving up to six free Spanish lessons per week.
  • Make memories that will last a lifetime while traveling the Caribbean.

Impact

We are involved in youth, family and community development as well. We promote leadership and life skills, healthy lifestyle and constructive use of freetime through skill training like language classes, computer literacy, first aid workshops and swimming classes. Volunteers join our staff on family home visits and assist with empowerment and educational workshops as well as community building activities in direct contact with community members from low income neighbourhoods in Samana. We are building community support for youth development and engaging support of parents/caregivers. Intermediate Spanish is required.

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Questions & Answers

You would have to contact the volunteer coordinator. There might be a day long project needing more volunteers, but Aldeas de Paz is usually a live in community where each person is assigned to a program. So yes, I’m sure they won’t turn you away, but better suited for longer stays.

Reviews

95%
based on 32 reviews
  • Impact 9.3
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
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Michele
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Aldeas De Paz was an incredible experience

It was a wonderful program. I really enjoyed it as a mom, sharing it with my 18 year old daughter. It was so wonderful to know that we were helping children to learn some English and have fun playing soccer, swimming, and riding horses, where otherwise they would have nothing at all to do but play in old cars.

Visiting children and their parents in the hospital was very rewarding. These families had nothing to do at all during their days there, and I know that we brought them some joy.

Staying with the natives was an incredible lesson. This was so special. I went there hoping to show my daughter how lucky we are to have all the amenities that we do in America. Instead though, I think we left with the kowledge that you need so little in the way of materialistic goods to be happy and that what makes one truly happy and healthy, is a solid community, healthy work outdoors and cookiing your own food from scratch, without any chemicals.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have a wider variety of volunteers as far as age goes. I felt a little out of place at times being in my 40s when everyone else volunteering was in their 20s
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MSP
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Make a real difference to peoples lives

Aldeas de Paz is one of the most diverse,exciting and caring programs i've ever seen. The day to day work that the organisation carries out and it's work with specifically the children aims to and i'd like to think makes a sustainable and lasting difference to the people and community.

What would you improve about this program?
The resources to be able to do more community work