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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
Volunteer activities for Animal Care Assistant include:
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!
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!
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.
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.