Child and Youth Development

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founded in 2013
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High­lights

Help promote wellness awareness
Create and deliver workshops on mental health
Assist in breaking down stereotypes
Manage conflict resolution sessions
Develop your personal skills
Develop and assist in improving the well-being of children through workshops and supportive initiatives. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The future of Jamaica is dependent on the mental health and wellbeing of its children and youths. The child and youth development projects aim to equip children with the necessary skills to cope and understand and improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Volunteers can assist with a variety of tasks which include providing one-to-one support for learning difficulties, facilitate workshops and focus groups, and manage behavior and conflict resolution training.

All volunteers will need to undertake an online training course.  The course consists of a 10-hour training program to prepare you for your time in Jamaica. It will help you understand the local context and settings in addition to highlighting some of the common challenges faced by children and youth. This course is compulsory, as you will be delving into mental health and will need to be fully aware of the dangers, challenges, and risks of working in Mental health.

If you are a graduate or current student studying psychology, social work, or international development, this project is perfect. The experience develops your practical skills while providing you with an in-depth knowledge of how individuals socialise in the Caribbean.

To volunteer on this project, you are required to have one year of experience in psychology, social work, or international development. Volunteers are also required to complete an online 12-hour accredited training program in managing challenging behaviors in Jamaican schools before volunteering. The program is delivered independently by UK-based Neuro Champions and costs an additional US$200.

Typical day

First day

You will be taken to your placement by a local team member and introduced to the placement staff.

Weekdays

You may have a morning or afternoon shift, or both, and can expect to work a minimum of 3 hours, Monday through Friday. Start time and daily workload depends on your chosen project. A typical daily schedule would be as follows:

  • 7:30 AM   Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation (Self Prepared)
  • 8:00 AM   Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project.
  • 12:00 PM Break for lunch.1:00 PMWork at the placement commences if you have been assigned with an afternoon shift.
  • 3:30 PM   You are free to travel back to the volunteer house to relax, go sightseeing or do some shopping.

Volunteers Volunteer activities for Child and Youth Development include:

  • One to One support for learning difficulties
  • Community outreach and educational programs
  • Manage and facilitate workshops around conflict resolution  

Free-time activities

V2 organises trips that highlight the best of Jamaican culture. Volunteers can trek through the island's stunning Blue Mountain (some say you can see Cuba on a clear day!), climb the beautiful Dunn's River waterfalls, and explore the city of Kingston, amongst many other options. We are always on the look out for new trips and excursions and we are open to suggestions from volunteers. We can also help volunteers organise solo trips, if they wish.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports

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
Education Requirements
Psychology, Social Work at level
Required Documents
Proof of Vaccination against Covid-19, proof of education and CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Relevant experience in group management, conflict resolution, psychology, social work
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. 

Guesthouse
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$65 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

The V2 volunteer program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month and volunteers need to arrive in Jamaica on the Sunday before orientation.  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.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,388
5 weeks
$1,620
6 weeks
$1,851
7 weeks
$2,083
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,314
Average fees
$318 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. 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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Child and Youth Development

Develop and assist in improving the well-being of children through workshops and supportive initiatives.

$306/week

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