Empowerment of neglected Communities

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Coordinator | Nicole

High­lights

Volunteer and create a strong community with support for those in need
Improve the future prospects of some of Jamaica’s most impoverished and marginalized people
Create a sense of hope and a sense of belonging for the marginalized
Become a part of inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers
Discover the beautiful island nation of Jamaica during your free time
For those who understand the importance of strengthening communities should look no further than this essential community development program. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
Set in gorgeous Jamaica, volunteers will work on a variety of projects which aim to build strong communities that are more resilient and empowered. Volunteers will contribute to this process by helping to address some of the key issues affecting Jamaican communities today, such as poor parenting, teenage pregnancy, low self-esteem, unemployment, adult literacy and inadequate infrastructural development. This is a heart-warming program for any international volunteer to be involved in. Working within communities to support them is a wonderful way for volunteers to help others and learn more about development initiatives. There’s plenty of time for volunteers to explore this gorgeous island and enjoy some beach time, while also working hard to enrich the lives of those in need of assistance.

Volunteers on this amazing program could work across a multitude of projects and initiatives. They will be placed to work within government agencies to support the community development agenda. The day to day tasks could include planning for community and other stakeholder meetings (preparing objectives, budget, agenda, correspondences), mobilizing target groups, assisting with visioning and planning sessions, community action plans, project implementation and project monitoring. Volunteers who want to learn more about community development in the Caribbean and who have a passion for changing lives are encouraged to apply. If you’re compassionate and willing to work within communities to make a difference this project is for you!

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Organize events and meetings
  • Plan community development initiatives
  • Work within communities on projects
  • Network with local residents and local project staff

Typical day

A volunteer's work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:30am Breakfast at the host family home

8:00am Walk or bus to the project site

8:15am Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor

8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES BEGIN

Volunteers work from 8:30am to 2:00pm daily with a break for lunch (provided) at the project site. There is the option to continue volunteering up to 5:00pm if wished but this is not compulsory.

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

Afternoons and evenings are free to relax, enjoy the beautiful location, explore, stay in touch with friends and family back home or socialize with other other volunteers.

Free-time activities

As with all of our Jamaica volunteer programs, volunteers on this project will be based in the idyllic city of Mandeville. Situated in the heart of the island at 2000 feet above sea level, Mandeville is one of the more peaceful and attractive places on the entire island of Jamaica.

Thanks to this esteemed history, Mandeville is not only a booming business center and capital of the Manchester Parish, it is a contrast of the new and old set amidst rolling hills and lush vegetation. What a wonderful place to volunteer!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

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
Those with studies or experience in cultural development, history, international relations, community development, sustainable development, literature or any related area are suitable
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified below)
  • Food & Meals (as specified below)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Return airport transfer
Airport Pickup at Norman Manley International Airport
Upon your arrival into Kingston or Montego Bay, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. Here you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. They will also provide you with your Welcome Pack, which contains

 maps of the local area, supplies, volunteer t-shirt, contact information, and a volunteer manual to help you to be more aware and fully prepared. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

Accommodation

Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local Jamaican host family, where they will have the opportunity to become fully immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. Jamaican families are renowned for their hospitality and love to learn more about different cultures. Living with a local family truly is the best way to throw oneself into the local culture and to meet people who will often become lifelong friends!

All host families have been fully vetted by our local team, receive a detailed orientation and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Depending on the time of year it may be necessary to share a room with other volunteers, but private rooms are often available upon request. Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom and laundry. Volunteers are responsible for doing their own laundry (machine wash or hand wash onsite) or can pay a small fee to cover the cost. Wifi is available at most host family houses, however we ask volunteers to remember access to this service is a privilege and may be limited at times. A range of internet cafes are available in Mandeville.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Host families will provide breakfast and dinner daily (including weekends). Lunch is not included but can be purchased at a nearby café while at your project site – a wonderful opportunity to check out the huge variety of local and international restaurants, cafés and bistros in Mandeville!
Internet Access
Limited 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 Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston. 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

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAYS
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAYS
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica (Code: KIN) OR Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica (Code: MBJ)
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,738
3 weeks
$ 2,068
4 weeks
$ 2,398
5 weeks
$ 2,728
6 weeks
$ 3,058
7 weeks
$ 3,388
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,038
Average fees
$ 644 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers 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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Empowerment of neglected Communities

For those who understand the importance of strengthening communities should look no further than this essential community development program.

$644/week

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