Marine Conservation

Project name:

Aldeas de Paz

Project purpose:

Samaná Bay is a significant breeding ground and nursery area for humpback whales from all over the North Atlantic and the most important multi-species fishing ground in the DR. While tourism is an important economic activity its impact on sensitive coastal-marine ecosystems is of particular concern. A major portion of environmental degradation in coastal areas is attributed to large-scale hotel developments in areas of high biodiversity and unregulated tour activities put at risk reproduction sites for whales and turtles. Mangrove deforestation and coral reef damage in turn decrease the resilience of these coastal marine ecosystems and increase their vulnerability to tropical storms. Additionally destructive lionfish (Pterois volitans) are invading coral reefs in the Americas and has been identified as one of the world’s greatest conservation issues. Our program is part of an effort to tackle an invasive species and help reverse coral reef damage!

Project activities:

  • community awareness
  • habitat restoration/management


Dominican Republic


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Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • field research skills
  • gain a qualification or credit
  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • development goals (supporting local community)


A double room at one of our fully equipped guesthouse apartments (if you wish you can also upgrade to a single room or even to stay with a host family)


  • No previous experiences required to participate in the program.


accommodation included
cooking facilities
local shops
nearby medical facilities
refillable drinking water
shower (cold)
toilet (western)

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

There is no end of activities and sights to visit in your spare time. Visit the north coast for some of the best windsurfing or kite boarding found in the world, go whale watching, try fun hiking, biking or even white water rafting for those adrenaline seekers! You may also like to visit the Caribbean's highest peak or the Playa Rincon, said to be one of the best beaches in the world. Hunt round the quaint town of Monte Cristo for some great finds including bargain priced jewellery made from handcrafted beads, and try some with some of the local rum in one of the colourful bars!

Financial Contribution & Benefits
Aldeas de Paz works hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and offers financial transparency by practicing an open book policy. The calculation of your financial contribution/donation is set up so that the longer you stay the less you pay. 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 for this 6 weeks internship is only €1995. It includes two complete levels of qualification from basic to speciality training, Spanish language classes, shared accommodation fully equipped studio apartments, a special program donation as well as all scuba diving related equipment as well as a personal welcome service and pick-up at the airport, transfer to the bus, bus fare and free transfer to your placement location in Las Terrenas or Samana. If you wish a single room upgrade the total it is €2.238. For an independent and completely equipped Bungalow within an gated residence or one-room apartment pay €2.460 and an all in Host Family homestay for 6 weeks is €2.886, including a private bedroom and two meals per day. webpage
What is included
Welcome Service at the airport and transport to your placement location
Placement introduction, training, supervision, briefings and meetings
Free regular Spanish lessons throughout your placement
Free Wifi and use of washing machine at all our facilities
Certificate and/or written reference or student credit
Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff
Information about adventure packages
Volunteer or Internship placement
Accommodation of your choice

Special Offer
Spanish language classes - volunteers and interns receive 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 are encouraged to 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 are immersed in the Spanish language and the Dominican culture.

How long can I stay?

A minimum time commitment of 6 weeks is required.

When does the project run?

Starting dates are for 2019: September 2, October 14, November 25; and for 2020: January 06, February 17, March 30, May 11, June 22, August 03, September 14, October 26, December 07

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