Animal Care

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founded in 2013
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High­lights

Support a local dog shelter
Gain hands on experience working with abandoned dogs
Get to travel around the island rescuing homeless dogs
Volunteer by helping abanonded and neglected animals in Jamaica. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the Program

As in many areas of the developing world, in the Caribbean, it is not uncommon to find neglected and abused animals in areas of high poverty.  V2 Volunteer & Vacation has developed partnerships with organizations in Jamaica who need helping hands in carrying out their duties. It is a great opportunity to learn, practice, put your theoretical knowledge to the test, and take the time out not only to change the world but to change the world of vulnerable animals. Animals across the country are either on the verge of facing the worst of their lives. Inadequate food and health care leave cats and dogs helpless in poverty-stricken areas.


Webinar

Volunteers are encouraged to think about their time overseas and how they can adapt to the culture where they will be staying.  The webinar is a chance for volunteers to ask any questions and for us to address any concerns before the adventure begins.

Orientation upon Arrival

Volunteers will have a one-day orientation session that will cover the following topics:

  • How to adapt to a new culture and understand cultural differences
  • Local knowledge (local amenities, language skills, and embassies & consulates)
  • Personal safety and crime awareness
  • Crisis management, including how to handle medical emergencies, security risks, and natural disasters
  • V2 policies including complaints and code of conduct
  • Specific training for volunteering role

Training and Support

Both V2 and our partner organisation will support you throughout your placement. V2 conducts Health and Safety checks to ensure that volunteers are placed in a suitable and safe working environment. Our partner organisation will provide orientation and training sessions on arrival so that you will feel comfortable carrying out your duties. Each volunteer will be assigned a Mentor/Project Supervisor to guide them through everything they need to know.

Safety 

At V2, we take safety seriously. The V2 team are very well-acquainted with the islands we operate on and the highest priority for our local staff is volunteer safety. Their job is to ensure that risk assessment and health and safety checks are conducted before volunteers are placed. We conduct three main risk assessments:

  • Accommodation
  • Placement organisation
  • Third-party providers

Carrying out these assessments helps V2 identify risks and mitigate their impact. These are reviewed after all V2 Experiences and any findings that may impact the success of our operations are addressed.

Location

In addition to contributing to positive social change, you will have a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions and learn to do things like dance to dancehall music and prepare traditional Jamaican cuisine. There is a flexibility to the V2 Experience that lets you cater your vacation around your interests; you can party like a local, hike through stunning mountainous landscapes, or just relax on the beautiful sandy beaches.

By the end of one of these placements you will have:

  • Gained hands-on experience in the field of animal care and veterinary medicine
  • A better understanding of animal care in an international environment and the different regional approaches to veterinary medicine
  • Raised awareness about responsible animal care in the local community
  • Helped many local, wonderful animals in need!


Typical day

Volunteer activities for Animal Care Assistant include:​

  • Basic training on how to care for various animals
  • Community outreach and educational programs
  • Feeding, walking, and exercising the animals
  • Rescuing animals from dangerous situations
  • Undertaking basic health checks on that animals
Volunteer activities for Veterinary nurse include:​

  • Carrying out health checks on animals
  • Conducting medical procedures and treatments
  • Rescuing animals from dangerous situations
  • Promoting animal welfare through classes and outreach programs

Free-time activities

When you are not busy at your volunteering placement, V2 arranges a various trips and excursions, allowing you to sample some of the amazing culture that the Caribbean has to offer. Climb the world famous Dunn River Falls , relax on pristine beaches, sip Bob Marley cocktail and learn the latest reggae moves. Jamaica has some of the best tourist attractions in the region and we can take you there! We are always open to suggestions and we can help organise any extra trips you might want to do, so get in touch!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love for animals!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by V2 Volunteer & Vacation
  • Orientation & training
  • Volunteer project
  • Airport pick-up
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 staff support
  • Professional recommendation letter on completion of project
Airport Pickup at Sangster International Airport

Please book your flights to arrive at the Sangster International Airport (MBJ) which is the closest airport to the volunteer accommodation. Airport pick up is provided on Sundays only.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation (around 1.5 - 2 hours away).

Accommodation

Volunteers are accommodated alongside other international volunteers in a dormitory-style volunteer house. Living is comfortable in the volunteer house with electricity, running water, WiFi and western bathrooms. There is no air-conditioning in the accommodation, however fans are provided. Bedrooms are comprised of single bunk beds and you can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers of the same gender. You can request a single room subject to availability and additional cost. 

Bedroom (Single) Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

A basic daily breakfast (toast, spreads, cereal, milk, tea and coffee) you’re free to help yourself to these each morning at the volunteer house.For volunteers who would like to have their dinners catered for, a home-cooked weekly dinner plan (Monday - Friday) is available for US$40 per week.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay. We assist you to find cheap flights to Jamaica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Jamaica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Jamaica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Jamaica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Please book your flights to arrive at the Sangster International Airport (MBJ) which is the closest airport to the volunteer accommodation. Airport pick up is provided on Sundays only. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation (around 1.5 - 2 hours away).

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$750
2 weeks
$1,000
3 weeks
$1,250
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,500
Average fees
$531 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. V2 Volunteer & Vacation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with V2 Volunteer & Vacation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Care

Volunteer by helping abanonded and neglected animals in Jamaica.

$531/week

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