Community Development Facilitator

Gain international experience in Community Development projects in Jamaica. Assist in advocacy, organizing events, leading workshops and much more.

About the Program

Many communities in Jamaica are plagued by poverty, poor housing, overcrowding, low literacy rates, high levels of unemployment and a lack of appropriate sanitation. Community development agencies and local groups bring local residents together and encourage them to take initiative and improve their physical environment and socioeconomic opportunities. 

As a volunteer you will work with the community to identity their needs, help them voice their concerns and work to improve their livelihoods. You will create asset maps to help identify the key issues affecting the community, promote equality and social inclusion, and organise events like workshops and community fairs on education and literacy skills, life skills, and vocational training to boost residents' chances to be employed.


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.


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.

By the end of this placement you will have achieved:

  • field experience in community and social development
  • enhanced knowledge of the Jamaican political system and civil society
  • international experience of successfully run local projects

Suitable for


Typical day

Volunteer activities for Community Facilitators include:

  • Governance: Work with community groups to effectively plan and carry out activities
  • Research: Create asset maps for communities so the organisation can better utilize the resourses that they have locally and to determine what needs to be improved
  • Community Development: Assist community groups with writing project proposals for community projects and carrying out those projects


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Social Sciences at Completed at least the first year of bachelors degree level
Required Documents
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Jamaica? Volunteer World directly connects you with V2 Volunteer & Vacation

Community Development Facilitator Community Development Facilitator Community Development Facilitator Community Development Facilitator Community Development Facilitator Community Development Facilitator

Free-time activities

When you are not busy volunteering, V2 arranges a vacation package, allowing you to do some of the fun touristy things that the Caribbean has to offer. Climb the world famous Dunn River Falls, relax on James Bond beach, 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!

Water Sports


What's included?
Accommodation - Two meals a day - In-country transportation - Leisure activities - Tours - Professional Recommendation letter - 24-hour local staff support - Training and Orientation - Use of mobile phone whilst on program
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

We pick up all our volunteers no matter what time or at which airport they arrive. Our staff members wear a bright lime green T-shirt and have a big V2 sign, so volunteers will won't miss us! We also provide a drop off service.


Our volunteers typically stay in a guest house or with a host family, depending on group size and volunteer preference. All our accommodation providers are vetted and we work to ensure that volunteers are staying in a safe, clean and comfortable environment. Volunteers will typically have their own room with access to a bathroom, kitchen and washing facilities.

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

The Caribbean is famous for its cuisine; volunteers will get to try and even learn how to cook these delicious dishes. We cater for all types of dietary requirements and in the unlikely event that our volunteers do not like Caribbean food we can arrange alternative meals. V2 provides you with a fresh, homemade breakfast and dinner everyday with your host family or at your guest house.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in St Mary /Jamaica between 1 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. V2 Volunteer & Vacation will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (20%)
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 (80%)
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Jamaica

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Jamaica. Please check the visa regulations for Jamaica.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Jamaica.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Sangster International (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Jamaica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Jamaica.
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Jamaica upfront.
Highgate Community , St Mary , Jamaica