Youth Empowerment Worker

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Coordinator | sallie
Coordinator | sallie
This program works with young people who are marginalised - through social deprivation, their special needs or failure to thrive within the traditional education system. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the program

The C.A.R.E. (The Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education) project was established in April 1993 to help disadvantaged Saint Lucian young people to take control of their lives through a programme geared towards the promotion of self-empowerment by providing life skills, vocational and basic education in a nurturing and safe environment.

These young people find themselves ill equipped for life and are unable to find employment. Some have failed to reach the required academic standards and left school with no formal qualifications. Others get hooked on drugs and/or turn to violence.  Failure is very much part of their lives and, as a result of this lack of self-confidence, many radiate hostility and lack trust – they feel that no-one listened to them.

C.A.R.E. works with young people between the ages of 12 and 20.  There are several centres throughout the beautiful and lush island if Saint Lucia.  

The objective of the programme is to foster positive attitudes in young people towards themselves, others and work – empowering them towards leading a more independent life. The programme also aims to train young people to manage their own sexuality and emotions.

Who we are looking for

A large variety of abilities and skills will be welcomed by the director and staff of these local education initiatives.  The following skills are needed to support the dedicated staff in their work supporting, training and preparing school drop-outs for a worthwhile future:

  • youth workers
  • practical skills - electronics, carpentry, mechanics, catering, garments & fashion
  • life skills
  • small-business skills
  • teaching - remedial English and Maths, particularly practical
  • special needs educators, especially those experienced in autistic spectrum disorders including Aspergers Syndrome and/or those with specific learning difficulties
  • drama teachers and coaches
  • IT and web skills
  • organisational, accounting, marketing and human resource practitioners to help build the capacity of the project staff
  • organic production, pest control, husbandry and agronomics

Why this is important

Saint Lucia is sold as a Sun, Sea and Sand paradise destination enjoyed by many.  However the reality is that a significant proportion of the population does not benefit from the tourist dollar. This contributes to marginalization of many Saint Lucians, particularly the youth, who without access to education and employment opportunities are vulnerable to a life of crime and failure.

C.A.R.E. is recognised by the government as one of the few organisations to bring hope and provide role models to disadvantaged young people.

Your Role as a Volunteer

Volunteers will be placed at one of the C.A.R.E. centres to support the staff there, or at the main C.A.R.E. office according to their individual placement outlines. They will have an individual placement outline written specifically them to best utilise their skills and experience in supporting project staff.  

They will be placed with one or a small group of local staff with whom they will share their skills during their placement; this will involve working alongside them so for most volunteers will also involve some work with the young trainees attending the centres.  olunteers are not expected to bring any special equipment with them.  Although the C.A.R.E. centres do not have a lot of resources, volunteers are encouraged to utilise materials available locally.

The centres are situated at various places around the island of Saint Lucia. However it is likely that volunteers will work in one of the centres close to Castries, easily accessible by bus from their accommodation in the tourist area of the island. During the orientation process they will receive detailed guidance as to how to accomplish the daily commute to work.

Typical day

The centres operate from 8.30 to 14.30 Monday to Friday, with a break for lunch between 12.00 and 13.00. The main office is open until 16.00.  Precise times for lessons and other activities vary from centre to centre - volunteers will be given a timetable on arrival.

Free-time activities

Saint Lucia is a Sun, Sea and Sand tourist destination, and volunteers will be able to take advantage of all activities and trips available to tourists during their free time.  

Their accommodation is close to the beach, and most volunteers enjoy a leisurely swim in the sea and a drink in the beach bars at the end of the working day.  

The island has many beauty spots which volunteers can visit, including the world's only drive-in volcano!  Volunteers can arrange to join tourist trips to beauty spots (our local partners can help you arrange this), hire a car, travel by local bus or even travel by boat around the island. 

 It is also possible to take weekend trips to nearby islands such as Martinique.

Water Sports


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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High school level
Required Documents
Life story and references
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- teachers of English and Maths
- special needs teachers, especially those with experience of autistic spectrum disorders and/or those with specific learning difficulties
- drama coaches
- IT and web skills
- youth workers
- practical skills - electronics, carpentry, mechanics, catering, garments and fashion
- life skills
- small business skills
- clinical psychologists, therapists, counsellors
- organisational, accounting, marketing and human resource practitioners
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 14:30

What's Included

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  • self catering accommodation
  • airport transfers
  • full local orientation
  • social event
  • local SIM card
  • project and placement liaison
  • contribution to project, which will be used for the purchase of essential equipment

Airport Pickup at Hewanorra Airport

When you leave the arrival hall at the airport our local partner will be waiting to meet you, carrying a sign with your name.  

You will be driven across the island (about 45 minutes) to your accommodation and shown around the local area.


You will live in self catering accommodation close to the beach and tourist facilities in Rodney Bay.  

You have a private bedroom with storage space, bathroom and living room which includes a well equipped kitchen.The apartments are air conditioned.  

Volunteers can choose whether they want to live independently and have an apartment to themselves or share a two-bedroom apartment with one other volunteer - prices given are for two volunteers sharing an apartment.

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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hewanorra Airport (UVF) in Saint Lucia. We assist you to find cheap flights to Saint Lucia.
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 Saint Lucia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Saint Lucia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Saint Lucia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers can join the program at any time. The centres are closed for two weeks over Christmas and Easter, and from the end of June to the beginning of September.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,020
5 weeks
$ 2,378
6 weeks
$ 2,735
7 weeks
$ 3,093
8 weeks
$ 3,450
9 weeks
$ 3,808
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,880
Average fees
$ 456 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. people and places will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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