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V2 Volunteer & Vacation

Caretaker for small animals

St. Mary, Jamaica

Volunteer by helping abanonded and neglected animals in Jamaica.

About the Program

As in many areas of the developing world, in the Caribbean it is not uncommon to find the neglect and abuse of animals in areas of high poverty. There are very few organisations that work to rescue and rehabilitate animals that suffer; our partner organisation is an Associate Member of the RSPCA working to cure and rehabilitate injured and mistreated animals in Tobago that needs extra helping hands to reach their objectives within the community.

As well as having the opportunity to bond with the animals, volunteers will assist in community outreach and educational programs that teach locals how to care for their pets, feed, walk and exercise the animals, help undertake basic health checks on the animals and even assist in rescue missions.

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
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at V2 Volunteer & Vacation are happy to help you.

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Services by V2 Volunteer & Vacation

Accommodation - Meals - In-country transportation - Tours - Leisure activities - 24 hour support from the V2 team on the island - Pre-departure webinars - Full orientation when you arrive - Mobile phone to use during your stay - Recommendation letter that can be used to support future job or college applications

Airport Pickup at Sangster International Airport

We provide airport transfers. Once you have confirmed your booking with us and booked your flights, let us know when you arrive and we will make sure that one of our team are there to greet you in a bright green V2 t-shirt!

Accommodation

We house our volunteers in carefully selected guesthouses or with local families who have been fully vetted for safety and comfort. All of our accommodations have internet, so that you can keep in touch with loved ones back home.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

We provide fresh, homemade breakfasts and dinners everyday as part of the price. We do not provide lunch but there are plenty of inexpensive options in the area, and we make sure to provide you with snacks. We can cater to any dietary requirements, including vegetarian and vegan, and any allergies or religious requirements.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$1,575.00
2 weeks
$1,946.00
3 weeks
$2,318.00
4 weeks
$2,689.00
5 weeks
$3,061.00
6 weeks
$3,432.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$4,175.00
Average fees
$1,048.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in St. Mary/Jamaica between 1 week and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. V2 Volunteer & Vacation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Jamaica.
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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
Americas the Caribbean Jamaica St. Mary,  Highgate Community
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