Volunteer Programs in the Caribbean

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Members of the Go Overseas community have expressed interest in volunteering to support hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean. To help, we have put together a resource on where and how you can volunteer in hurricane relief.

The Caribbean is often thought of as a single entity—one big area filled with sunshiny days, seashells, and tropical mimosas. However, this image does not do the Caribbean justice. It is composed of many small countries, including the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, and Grenada, all of which suffer from poor economic growth and community stagnation. Volunteering in Haiti is similar to volunteering in Barbados for those reasons. Although you can undergo similar types of volunteering tasks all over, each country is different.

Environmental Conservation

The Caribbean is home to rich biodiversity both on land and at sea. Volunteers can track and observe whales and dolphins, conduct coral reef research, or undergo other means of marine life preservation. Doing this will preserve the Caribbean’s innate beauty and source of livelihood for native occupants.

Community Development

Volunteers can engage in various community building projects, including renovation of degraded buildings, and agricultural support such as helping farmers to harvest fruits, grains, and vegetables.

Youth Support and Development

Working in youth development homes as therapists, English teachers, and communication caregivers is crucial to help young Caribbean's manage their poor conditions. Money has gone towards building schools but there is a lack of qualified people to teach in them.

Volunteering Tips

NGOs/Non-Profit/Volunteer History: NGOs are very active in the Caribbean. From assisting the disabled in Barbados to scientific research in Trinidad and Tobago to promoting greater recycling in Puerto Rico, there are numerous opportunities for volunteering with established NGOs.

Questions to Ask: What areas are best to avoid at night? Should I volunteer where I can best communicate with the people are volunteer where there’s the greatest need?

How To Save Money While Volunteering: Stay in an accommodation that has a kitchen and shop locally; take public transportation in more developed islands; and pay close attention to how you’re spending your money.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in the Caribbean

The Caribbean sun and friendly people can often put volunteers at ease. However, it’s crucial to remember that you’re in a new place, meaning keeping valuables close is important. Petty thefts and small episodes of street crime are the primary concerns volunteers should keep in mind.

As any tropical region, the risk of certain diseases is higher. Volunteers should take the following vaccinations before working in the Caribbean: malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, and Diphtheria.

Visas for Volunteering in the Caribbean

With Cuba as the exception, traveling to and from popular Caribbean countries is relatively simple. A valid passport is generally required. Check out VISA HQ for more detailed information about each country.

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Dominican Republic

Rustic Pathways
Rustic Pathways programs in the Dominican Republic demonstrate our dedication to service. Programs like Life in the Bateyes,...

Bahamas

GapForce
In the teaming waters around Andros island Gapforce groups work with the Bahamas National Trust to survey the Island’s valuab...

Bahamas

GapForce
Gain valuable experience in the field of Marine Conservation, either as a way into the industry or as a platform for further...

Cuba

Carpe Diem Education
This is your chance to be one of the first to explore this "forbidden country" and see a side of Cuba that few have ever seen...

Grenada

Caribbean Reef Buddy
Our focus is to help preserve and protect the beautiful coral reefs surrounding the island. Our program is unique in design,...

Puerto Rico

Global Works
On this program, we swim in a waterfall, surf or boogie board on Luquillo Beach, zip line at Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park...

Dominican Republic

ISA Internships & Service-Learning
ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in Santiago-based NGOs, clinics, and schools in the Dominican Republic w...

Haiti

International Service Learning (ISL)
The Dominican Republic is a place of both extreme beauty and extreme need. This area is rich with culture and cuisine, and it...

Jamaica

International Service Learning (ISL)
Jamaica is well known for its amazing beaches, blue waters of the Caribbean, waterfalls and live music! What isn't commonly k...

Jamaica

Projects Abroad
Join a Projects Abroad as as intern in Jamaica! This is a unique opportunity to experience a side of Jamaica rarely seen on t...

Togo

Projects Abroad
Projects in the this field can include a variety of things. You'll be teaching, leading workshops, organizing productions and...

Dominican Republic

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
Come join us in the Dominican republic to dive deep into environmental sustainability issues and develop leadership skills to...

Cuba

Discover Corps
Over the course of the trip, you will engage with the children of Muraleando to not only help revitalize Lawton, but build br...

Cuba

The Leap
Be one of the first volunteers to venture into this fascinating country, famed for being the most musical nation on the plane...

Jamaica

Projects Abroad
Join a Projects Abroad volunteer program in Jamaica! This is a unique opportunity to experience a side of Jamaica rarely seen...