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Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Tourism Program Samaná, Dominican Republic


Working hours


Minimum age


Language skills

Overview: Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Tourism Program Samaná, Dominican Republic

Fast growing tourism is a serious threat to the Dominican Republic´s flora and fauna. Samaná Bay is not only a significant breeding ground and nursery area for humpback whales from all over the North Atlantic; it is also the most important multi-species fishing ground in the Dominican Republic, a growing international tourist destination, and a commercial port. While tourism is an important source of economic activity and financial income, its impact on sensitive coastal-marine ecosystems is of particular concern. A major portion of environmental degradation in coastal areas is attributed to the establishment of large-scale hotel developments in areas of high biodiversity, unregulated tour activities that put at risk reproduction sites for whales and turtles, as well as mangrove deforestation and coral reef damage from diving and boat tours anchors, which in turn decreases the resilience of these coastal marine ecosystems and increases their vulnerability to tropical storms.

    Services for your volunteer program in the Dominican Republic

    What's included:

    • Placement in a volunteer program according to your demands
    • Assisting visa application
    • Information about affordable flights, travel insurances and other important travel documents
    • Airport transportation with direct transfer to your accommodation
    • Airport transfer to bus terminal Santo Domingo
    • Bus ticket from Santo Domingo to Samaná inlcuding return ticket
    • Accommodation in a guest house or guest family for the duration of your project (please note: an additional fee for living a guest family applies)
    • Living in a host family includes 2 meals a day
    • Living in s shared flat: slef-catering
    • 6 hours Spanish lessons per week
    • Orientation on site through a staff member
    • Tips and information about freetime activities
    • Contact person during your stay abroad
    • 24-hour emergency number
    • Regular meetings with all volunteers or interns
    • Certificate

    What's not included:

    • Visa
    • Insurances
    • Flights
    • Meals (shared flat)
    • Additional personal expenses
    • Transportation
    • Airport drop

    Your volunteer coordinator in the Dominican Republic

    Due to his passion for travelling the world, experiencing new cultures and being socially committed, Manfred early decided to work in the field of development aid. Thus, in 1998 he started to organize a street kids projects in Caracas, Venezuela. He mainly took care of international cooperation, cultural exchange and volunteer work.  His efforts in Venezuela have proven that popular, so that he decided to establish a new volunteer program in the Dominican Republic. The more people can be helped, the better! Now he is coordinating volunteers in Samaná, the Dominican Republic, and will become your contact person during your stay in the Caribbean!  Learn more about Manfred here!