Local Community Development Helper

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High­lights

Make a positive impact as you rebuild dilapidated buildings, repaint peeling walls, and repair old roads in marginalized Jamaican communities.
Join youth development and building projects as you partner with local NGOs to make a difference.
Raise awareness of social issues in communities through campaigns.
Benefit from a first-hand global experience as you work with experienced local professionals.
Get international development work experience for college and university.
Impact the lives of locals with our community development programs as you help to rebuild underserved and marginalized Jamaican communities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Families
Groepen

Do impactful work when you help to rebuild marginalized and underdeveloped Jamaican communities with our community development programs. If you’re looking for challenging and rewarding work, then this program is perfect for you.

Many neighborhoods, schools, and community centers in Jamaica have poor roads, untended buildings, and peeling walls in desperate need of repair. This is so as these underserved and marginalized communities struggle with limited resources.

Community development programs in Jamaica are therefore key to the development of these disadvantaged communities. By providing repairs and maintenance, you will contribute significantly to the development of schools, orphanages, health centers, churches and the wider community.

With our community development programs, volunteers work alongside expert local builders, who will guide you and pass on the skills needed to complete the construction program. You’ll help to make a real difference as you repaint walls and repair structures that assist locals with everyday living.

You’ll also have opportunities to help raise funds for building renovations, to develop sports programs in basketball, netball, football/soccer, cricket, and track & field, or to create campaigns for youth development programs such as recycling campaigns.

Most of our programs are community-based, so outside of the local builders, you'll be working alongside, you'll get to interact with members of the community on a daily basis. The people you’ll meet will be so grateful and friendly that it will likely change the way you see the world.

Bond with your team as you take your life and skills to another level and realize the valuable contribution your efforts have made to the community.

There’s nothing more rewarding than helping to rebuild a better and safer Jamaica for all citizens.

Essential Program Information

Program Times

Our programs are usually run Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 am – 4:00pm. However, we can arrange shorter days for those who require it. Some programs might have activities on Saturdays which are normally pre-planned. We will help you to make the necessary arrangements.

Safety

At JVP, our mantra is “Your safety is our number one priority”. This means that our job is not completed until you arrive home safely. 

To ensure this, when you are in Jamaica you will never be alone. A Jamaica Volunteer Programs representative will always be available to you. In addition to this, on your arrival, we'll give you safety tips and strategies to use during your orientation. 

On your arrival in Jamaica, we never send taxis to pick you up. You are always greeted by our smiling representative/driver.

JVP does not accept volunteers without a  background check/police report which states that the applicant does not have a criminal record. Applicants are also asked about mental health and medication. We do this to provide support for the volunteers in our program.

Like most other countries, Jamaica does have crime. However, our programs, routes, and destinations are designed around and away from those areas so you will always be safe. Even further, our volunteer home and program partners are located in some of the safest communities in St Andrew.

Our accommodation is located in a safe neighborhood in the hills of St. Andrew overlooking the city of Kingston. The organization’s founder and her family also live on this property. For safety and security, only authorized persons can enter the grounds.

We provide 24/7 in-country support where our dedicated team members are always there to support you with any emergencies or other needs. This means that when you book with us you will be treated as if you are a relative visiting from overseas and provided with a safe home away from home. 

Therefore, at all times you'll be surrounded by caring and trusted people to keep you safe.

Application 

You can apply at any time for all of our programs. However, we advise you to apply as soon as you can to ensure that you lock up your space.

Once you have paid your deposit and confirmed your place on the program, we will send you an email confirming your payment. This email will also include a link where you can download our Registration Handbook that will provide you with pre-departure reference and support information.

If you require any further information not covered in the handbook our staff is always on-hand to assist you.

Volunteer Experience Value 

If you are wondering if you can use your volunteer experience to boost your professional profile, then yes you can. At your request, we can provide you with a letter or certificate of completion detailing your volunteer activities and accomplishments. 

A volunteer experience abroad is a great resume booster and can be of great value when applying for college or a job. We’ll be glad to assist you to make it happen. 

Dagelijkse activiteiten

The task you'll do on a day to day basis will depend on your particular program. However, your working hours will be from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the afternoons with an hour for a lunch break. 

You'll be transported to your program site in the mornings and picked up around 4:00 pm after you have completed your day's work. You'll then be transported back to your volunteer home in the afternoons unless you have an activity or excursion planned for the evening.

Some of your daily projects could include:

  • Working alongside building professionals to help renovate local schools, churches, and clinics;
  • Helping to raise funds for building renovations;
  • Developing sports programs in basketball, netball, football/soccer, cricket, and track & field;
  • Creating campaigns for youth development programs for e.g. Climate Change Campaigns.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

Most evenings you’ll go back to your volunteer home to hang out and plan for the next day.

Outside of arranged cultural immersion trips and excursions where you’ll have opportunities to experience some of Jamaica’s most amazing attractions, we continually look for eye-opening cultural activities for you to do in your free time.

Because of this we sometimes offer you opportunities to attend local events in the afternoons organized by our cultural ambassador/project coordinator.

Activities such as Jamaican dancing lessons, patois classes, and Jamaican storytelling are designed to keep you entertained, but more importantly, to further help you learn the Jamaican culture.

On the last Friday night before your departure, we have ‘Jamaica Night’ – where we will display some of Jamaica’s most popular food, play popular Jamaican music and also give volunteers the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned about the Jamaican culture as well as showcase their own culture. 

Concert/
Muziek
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Klimmen
Wandelen
Sport

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)
Bewijs van goed gedrag en zeden
verplicht
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Volunteers working on school building maintenance will need to be flexible, open minded and creative as you'll have to find ways to get materials to work.
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 09:00 - 16:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Jamaica Volunteer Programs

  • Pre-arrival assistance
  • Airport-pickup
  • Welcome Dinner on Arrival
  • Program Orientation
  • Accommodation (Youth Hostel)
  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • Volunteer Placement
  • Daily Project Transfers with Private Driver
  • Internet access
  • 24/7 in-country support

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Norman Manley International Airport

Volunteers will arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport and our representative will meet you on arrival.

A Jamaica Volunteer Programs coordinator will conduct orientation on the morning of the day the project starts. During this first meeting, you will be introduced to local staff who will take care of you and go over the details of your project placement. Your orientation will include popular Jamaican customs & culture, safety, weekend and free time travel options, and guidelines and expectations.

During your orientation, you will also be briefed on information about all the Covid-19 protocols, options for local transportation, currency, and other support services you will require during your stay.

Accomodatie

Nestled on top of the picturesque hill of Smokeyvale, St. Andrew is a secret hideaway called Smokey Manor. With breathtaking sceneries of the Blue Mountains to the East and a spectacular view of Kingston to the South, Smokey Manor is an artist’s dream to paint. This community is a visual feast of ferns, flora, and fauna. Everywhere you turn, there will be towering fruit trees, cool breeze, and panoramic mountains.

Our accommodation has electricity, running water, western-style bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. You are required to bring your reusable water bottle to refill each day, which will help to reduce your cost for clean drinking water. You are also required to bring toiletries.

Rooms
Rooms are equipped with fans, but there is the option to upgrade your room for air conditioning at a cost of US$5 per day.
We have 3 Dorms:
Dorm 1 sleep 8 persons of the same sex
Dorm 2 sleep 4 same-sex
Dorm 3 sleep 4 of the same sex
Sometimes when we have overflow we use the double rooms for volunteers, especially for males which are usually in smaller numbers.

We have 4 other rooms for single and double occupancy with own private bathroom. These are offered at a higher rate. If you want to upgrade and we have space we can offer quotes for these.

Our property offers lots of patios, terraces, and open spaces.
To make quick snacks, we have a kitchen with utensils, a refrigerator, and a microwave.

Food
At JVP, we offer daily breakfast and dinner which includes, many of the popular foods Jamaicans eat.
We cater to all diets, including vegetarians and vegans. To request meals for your special diet, contact us.

Relaxation
Our relaxation areas include:
Upstairs lounge room
Court for basketball or any other sport or outdoor activity
Large open ground for strolling or sun bathing

We also have:
A BBQ pit for our delicious BBQ Chicken dinners
Towering fruit trees:
Avocados, pears, mangoes, Otaheite apples
Breadfruit (a popular dish),
Ackee (our national dish)

Slaapzaal Slaapkamer (Enkel) Slaapkamer (Dubbel)
Eten & Drank

You’ll be served daily breakfast at the volunteer house as part of your package. We offer a basic daily breakfast which includes toast, eggs, fruits, tea/coffee, and juice. Two days per week, you’ll have a full Jamaican breakfast. 

The volunteer house has a communal kitchen that consists of a gas stove, microwave, and refrigerator. 

In Jamaican homes, you’ll find a variety of foods and drinks which are as varied as the people and scenery, and you’ll be able to sample all of them including the popular jerk, roast breadfruit, and ackee & saltfish (the national dish).

Our home-cooked food is a melting pot of all the cultures brought here during slavery and the plantation era and staying in a Jamaican home is the best place to sample these. At our homestays, you’re guaranteed the most delicious, nutritious meals made from organic ingredients.

You will, however, have to buy lunch at or near your project site. Our program advisors will help you make arrangements for an affordable lunch or show you how to find the closest food store.

At JVP, we cater to all diets, including vegetarians and vegans. To request meals for your special diet, discuss with your project coordinator.

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Jamaica.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Jamaica biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Jamaica dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Jamaica.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Start Dates for Our Programs

  • January 3 or 17
  • February 7 or 21
  • March 14 or 21
  • April 4 or 18
  • May 2, 16 or 30
  • June 6, 20 or 27
  • July 4 or 25
  • August 8 or 15
  • December 12 or 19
  • January 2 or 16 (2023)

Our community development programs are available all year- round allowing you to take part when you can, so on your application just indicate your start and end dates. 

Although we are flexible, we encourage volunteers to arrive on weekends so you'll have a full week to volunteer. There are times during the year when Jamaica has major holidays and celebrations, so it is advisable to plan your trip that your dates do not coincide with these major events. 

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
1 - 12 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
$715
2 weken
$1.290
3 weken
$1.810
4 weken
$2.330
12 weken (max. verblijf)
$6.490
Gemiddelde kosten
$628 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Jamaica Volunteer Programs zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Jamaica Volunteer Programs gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Jamaica Volunteer Programs jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
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Local Community Development Helper

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$628/week

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