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Sebastian
Coordinator Samaná

Hi I'm Sebastian...

I am one of the coordinators for our social and cultural operations.

I have been working for several years in the associative sector and have developed a strong attachment to various NGO’s, so I have chosen to put my experience at the service of a social and humanitarian organization.
I firmly believe in the values of equity advocated by Aldeas de Paz and I am strongly committed to promote the vision of our organization.
Thanks to my multicultural upbringing, I am convinced that cultural exchange and mutual learning between our volunteers and the Dominican population are key factors to the success of our numerous projects.
Through our cooperative work, we analyze the needs of the Dominicans and elaborate efficient strategies to assist them. The various projects we are developing with the local community in Samaná help us make a meaningful progress and improve our beneficiaries’ lifes.
I am very happy to have joined this energetic team and to help our organization support the ideal of a better future for the less fortunate.
I am passionate about expanding the positive change we encourage by working hand in hand with all our volunteers, our local staff and the Dominican population.

Manfred
Founder & Director

Hi I'm Manfred...

I am the founder and director of Aldeas de Paz.

For more than 18 years I have been working in the area of child and youth care in Venezuela and in 2015 I started operating in the Dominican Republic as well.
I have a passion for cultural exchange and social work. I love to bring people together from all over the world, promote peaceful coexistence and stand up for social justice. For me, the volunteers and the staff working for Aldeas de Paz, are the heart of the organization.
I appreciate the privilege to live in the Caribbean, surrounded by the rhythm of Merengue music. I enjoy the warm and cheerful attitude of the Dominicans and the beautiful scenery is just another highlight. In my spare time I like to do things with my daughter and do sports, sailing or kite surfing.

To enjoy the country and the people and to return something significant to them is the most ingenious form of existence for me!

Vito
Coordinator Las Terrenas

Hi I'm Vito...

I am 32 years old and I was born in the beautiful Puglia in southern Italy, where the red land gives wonderful fruits and breathtaking coast sceneries. I have always felt the need to participate in the building of a social fabric that is more sensitive to issues such as children’s rights, peace and respect for the environment, and I have thus devoted myself with passion to become an active citizen involved in politics and in different associations.

I started from Bari as a professional educator. Being always driven by the desire to discover new perspectives, I traveled to Rome where I specialized in management as coordinator in the field of social services. After various work experiences in several nonprofit organizations, I ventured out in the warm Copenhagen, motivated by the desire to improve and to test myself by living new adventures. I aspired to share emotions and feelings with my encounters from different communities and new cultures. This dream of getting to know myself better through others, brought me over the ocean – first to the magical country called Perú, and now to the heart of the Caribbean, Samaná in the Dominican Republic.

I enjoy the spirit and energy of the volunteers and of the team of Aldeas De Paz. I am sure to also be able to contribute with my skills to our foundation and bring even more professionalism in our work environment. This objective will allow us to achieve the highest objectives, while remain focused on the continuous work of community awareness.

Jessica
Coordinator Mamá Elba School

Hi I'm Jessica...

and I am from Spain. I am currently working for Aldeas de Paz as director of the Mama Elba school for children and adults with special needs.

For over seven years I have been teaching and educating people with special needs, such as disability, mental illness, people with low socio-economic resources and social exclusion.
I consider education as one of the basic pillars for the individual and community development, especially for people with special needs. Therefore, I think it is important to work with the students and also with their families, in order to integrate them better in their environment. I am truly grateful to be able to develop my work at Aldeas de Paz together with the rest of the team and the volunteers. Also, I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate in this great project in a Caribbean city like Santa Bárbara de Samaná.

For me it is a privilege to be part of this foundation and being able to help others I enjoy most.

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