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Early Childhood Education & Development

Job in Samana - Dominican Republic
Internship, Volunteer position
Listed on 2020-02-07
Job specializations:
  • Education
    International Education, Preschool, Special Education, Early Childhood Education
  • Nursing
Job Description & How to Apply Below
Volunteers who dedicate time and energy at a daycare center in Samana have an opportunity to make an important difference in the lives of children even with little Spanish skills!

This voluntary role is very rewarding if you enjoy interacting with children, guiding them as they grow and learn. Volunteers usually perform a variety of duties as they assist a daycare supervisor, teacher or primary caretaker. Our aim is to provide educational assistance and help create an environment where children can be supported through early childhood development (ECD) which refers to the physical, psychological, cognitive and social development that a child experiences between birth and school-going age.

The 6 principles of child development are: Emotional and Social Development, Language Skills Development, Cognitive Skills Development Physical Development, Motor Skill Development, Self Help Development.

ECD often focuses on learning through play based on the research and philosophy of Jean Piaget, which posits that play meets the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social needs of children. Children learn more efficiently and gain more knowledge and develop cognitively through activities such as dramatic play, art, and social games.
ECD has the capacity to pre-emptively close the educational achievement gap between low and high-income students before formal schooling begins. (Children of low socioeconomic status (SES) often begin school already behind their higher SES peers; on average, by the time they are three, children with high SES have three times the number of words in their vocabularies as children with low SES.)

What to expect
Working hours can be all day but you can choose to assist half days and spend the rest of the day at the beautiful palm fringed beaches of the area! As a volunteer you will help the local staff in providing love, care and much needed attention to the children. Volunteer work varies from day to day but you would be generally acting as mentors for the children, provide individual love and affection for the children, organize different activities for the children, help the local staff in their work and make suggestions to them for improvement. Volunteers spend their time taking care of children, usually playing games and reading them books. Also, volunteers will assist the staff as needed. The volunteers will work from Monday to Friday, at least 4-5 hours a day but are welcome to work full days. At times, the volunteer will work more or less hours, depending on the coordinators needs. Volunteers who dedicate time and energy at a daycare center have an opportunity to make an important difference in the lives of children. This voluntary role requires dedication but it is very rewarding if you enjoy interacting with children and guiding them as they grow and learn.


Activities can include but are not limited to
- Assist with age-appropriate activities like arts and crafts, reading, writing, dancing, singing, playing games
- Take care of children and assisting the local staff in everyday activities
- Help monitoring children to ensure they remain safe as they go about their activities
- Research, plan and prepare educational, development and care-related activities
- Assist stock supplies and help with cleanup of school rooms or play areas
- Help staff during meal times and assist toddlers and preschoolers
- Engage children in interactive activities and read books to them
- Engage the children in whatever activity or skill you possess, such as dancing, singing, painting.     

Requirements
No previous experience or special skills are required. Basic Spanish skills are helpful but not mandatory. We provide free Spanish classes on a regular basis, full support and 24/7 backup. However, all that is truly necessary is enthusiasm, self-reliance, patience and an open mind. An ideal volunteer is proactive and result-focused. We welcome individual volunteers, families and groups regardless of age, experience or background. You are welcome to bring some arts & crafts materials.


Volunteer placement or internship
Most of our participants join as volunteers and are free to commit from between 20 to 40 hours per week. That’s up to you! As an intern however you most 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.

Time Commitment: A minimum of 2 weeks commitment is required

Availability/Holidays:The Daycare Center remains open all year!

Placement Location: Samana

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

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.  

Contact Information  
Contact Person: Manfred Mönnighoff
Project/charity name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz
Address: Samana, Dominican Republic
Whatsapp: +1 829 7055 123
E-Mail: (Please contact us using the "Apply for this Job Posting" box below)
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Position Requirements
High School, Less than 1 Year work experience
Requirements
This program is suitable for students with free holiday time, pre-university students, students taking or planning to take any Multimedia related studies, Marketing or Journalism as well as professionals in the field. Some previous experience with Social Multimedia, basic understanding of DSLR cameras and familiarity with editing software (including Photoshop, Adobe Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro) as well as social media management and/or social media marketing experience are welcome. However, volunteers with advanced experience are strongly encouraged to apply. We require volunteers to bring their own laptop and Pen Drive and encourage them to bring their own camera to supplement our own Multimedia equipment.
Required Language Skills:
  • English - Good
Additional Information / Benefits
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!

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!


Volunteer placement or internship
You can participate in this program as a volunteer or as an intern. Please inform us of your school or university’s 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!
Time Commitment
A minimum time commitment of 4 weeks is required. You can join this program throughout the whole year.
Placement Locations
Samaná and Las Terrenas

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 €40 per week and an all in Host Family homestay upgrade is €145 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
- Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff
- Flight Compensation CO2 neutral (optional)

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.
Contact Information
Contact Name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz
Contact Phone: +18297055123
Preferred method of contact: Email with CV via Application Box below.
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