HighlightsThere 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!
Your diving training starts at zero and will lead you through two complete level of diver qualifications. Gain a speciality training certification before you assist with marine conservation tasks. Gain a speciality training certification before you assist with marine conservation tasks. If you already have basic qualifications we offer you upgrades for advanced OW, S. & Rescue diving training and Dive Master training as well as a number of specialties. You’ll gain valuable and life-changing experiences with this exciting diving internship where you will help with important day to day tasks at a diving center and learn diving while protecting marine flora and fauna! Even if you do not have previous diving experience you will obtain important diving skills, while gaining insight in what it means to operate a diving center and also help safe the marine environment!
Starting dates are the 1. and 3. Monday of every month throughout the whole year!
“Walk away with professional diving certifications and amazing experiences in one of the world’s’ most beautiful marine environment!”
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!
What to expect
With the Open Water Diver International Diploma and a speciality training you’ll get with this internship, you will be able to dive up to -18m deep while assisting dive instructors in their day to day work at a busy local diving center and assist actively at our coral nurseries. Once you have acquired the necessary training and skills, from the second week of your internship and on, you will additionally assist with marine conservation activities linking yourself with projects related to the conservation of aquatic coral nurseries, coral transplant and restoration, and training the local population on the importance of the environment.
This is a great opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the protection of the marine environment while at the same time becoming a passionate qualified diver and learn to master everyday challenges at a busy diving center working side by side with fellow interns and students, diving clients, dive masters and the chief instructor. The work can be demanding but is always very rewarding and varied. Physical fitness is important, no Spanish language skills are required. All seaborne diving activities depend greatly on weather patterns and sea conditions.
Internship activities can include but are not limited to
- Gain all important diving skills and certifications as part of the four weeks placement at a busy diving school and marine conservation project
- Regular theory and practice classes as well as studies and research on marine conservation related subjects will prepare you for the actual conservation work after two weeks of training
- Work at the project and learn about the ecology of the species Acropora cervicornis
- Learn and practice cleaning and routine maintenance techniques of aquatic coral nurseries
- Help with equipment maintenance and preparation, assist with logistics and office work
- Assist actively with the monitoring of coral reefs
- Assist with conservation awareness raising activities in local schools, the tourist industry and beaches
- Help with the maintenance, protection and restoration of aquatic coral nurseries
- Assist with day to day operations at the diving center and help attending clients and students on diving trips
Financial Contribution & Benefits
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 €140 per week and includes Spanish language classes, double room at one of our fully equipped guesthouse apartments, a special program donation 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 add €50 per week and an all in Host Family homestay upgrade is €150 per week, including a private bedroom and two meals per day. For more information about costs and benefits check out our webpage
What is included
- Welcome Service at the airport and transport to your placement location
- Volunteer or Internship placement
- Accommodation of your choice
- 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, written reference and student credit
- Information about adventure packages
- Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff
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.
No previous experience required to participate in the program. A typical volunteer or intern should be interested in diving and protecting flora, fauna and marine-life in general. He or she needs to be of good health, enthusiastic, proactive, willing to learn and ready for a challenge. Please bring your own personal wetsuit (shorty/3mm) with you. (complete scuba diving equipment is provided) Important Notice: This program requires five flexible working days per week. (it is not a typical Monday to Friday week) Besides diving activities you are expected to fulfill scheduled working hours of non-diving related conservation work and educational activities like f.e. awareness raising activities in local schools. We expect that interns adapt to program needs with flexibility, responsibility, commitment, patience and perseverance, among other significant qualities.
Volunteer placement or internship
You can join this program as a volunteer or a Intern. As an intern however you probably have to fulfill requirements set by your school or university. Please inform us of your school or university internship requirements in advance so that we can work out your personalized work plan together. Also tell us about your personal expectations and goals and we will see how we can help you achieve them.
Volunteer placement or internship: Exclusively as Internship available
Availability: ongoing throughout the whole year
Starting dates are the 1. and 3. Monday of every month throughout the whole year!
Placement Location: Las Terrenas
Time Commitment: A minimum time commitment of 4 weeks is required and can be extended per week up to a total of 25 weeks.