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Volunteer Programs in the Caribbean

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Traces of the Zika virus have been found in the Caribbean. To learn more about Zika and how to avoid getting infected, read the Washington Post's article on Zika precautions.

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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North America
Coral Cay Conservation
Our Montserrat site boasts both a marine and terrestrial site so you can choose to do either or both! Marine volunteers: Afte...
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Echo Bonaire
Echo is looking for outgoing, outdoorsy people who want to make a real difference in the world and don't mind working hard (i...
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Havana
Jakera
Combining the best of our Learn Spanish, Dance & Culture program with meaningful volunteer placements – conservation and comm...
3 reviews
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Richmond Vale Academy
A Work-study program, where theoretical studies at the Academy are combined with practical studies and field work in St. Vinc...
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Bahamas
GapForce
In the teaming waters around Andros island Gapforce groups work with the Bahamas National Trust to survey the Island’s valuab...
27 reviews
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Dominican Republic
ISV (International Student Volunteers)
The Dominican Republic is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, vibrant culture and warm, friendly people - but as a v...
56 reviews
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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...
25 reviews
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Mandeville
Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions
Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions offers a safe and meaningful volunteer travel experience that allows you to experience Jamaica...
10 reviews
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Nicaragua
Raleigh International
Live alongside some of the world's most fascinating communities. A Raleigh expedition to Nicaragua and Costa Rica is a unique...
7 reviews
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Richmond Vale Academy
A Work-study program, where theoretical studies at the Academy are combined with practical studies and field work in St. Vinc...
3 reviews
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Mandeville
Projects Abroad
Join a Projects Abroad volunteer program in Jamaica! This is a unique opportunity to experience a side of Jamaica rarely seen...
9 reviews
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Santo Domingo
VISIONS Service Adventures
VISIONS offers teenagers opportunities for ambitious service work and cross-cultural immersion in the United States and abroa...
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Jamaica
Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions
Make this summer your best summer ever; not by just giving back to a small community, but by becoming a member of that commun...
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North America
Colline Foundation
Goals of the Apprenticeship Program: The goal of this program is to provide every participant with an introduction to the pra...
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Haiti
Volunteers For Peace (VFP)
Vermont-based, Volunteers For Peace has been collaborating with community and grassroots organizations in Haiti for over 15 y...
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