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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International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
You can now join IVHQ as a volunteer in Jamaica! The IVHQ Jamaica program is located the parish of St Mary, nearby the popula...
Dominican Republic
Rustic Pathways
Rustic Pathways programs in the Dominican Republic demonstrate our dedication to service. Programs like Life in the Bateyes,...
Projects Abroad
Projects in the this field can include a variety of things. You'll be teaching, leading workshops, organizing productions and...
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...
In the teaming waters around Andros island Gapforce groups work with the Bahamas National Trust to survey the Island’s valuab...
Gain valuable experience in the field of Marine Conservation, either as a way into the industry or as a platform for further...
EF Gap Year
EF Gap Year is a 26-week program that enables students to explore several countries, learn a language, volunteer for a good c...
EF Gap Year
EF Gap Semester is 12-week program that allows students the flexibility of starting in either September or January. The semes...
Dominican Republic
Amigos de las Americas
San Juan participants support campaigns to raise awareness about the rights of children. Our local partner agency, Plan Domin...
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...
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...
Caribbean Reef Buddy
Our focus is to help preserve and protect the beautiful coral reefs surrounding the island. Our program is unique in design,...
International Service Learning
Assist in providing community and medical services to those in need while gaining global health experience and immersing your...
Combining the best of our Learn Spanish, Dance & Culture program with meaningful volunteer placements – conservation and comm...
Dominican Republic
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
Located only 12 km from the Haitian border, FIMRC’s Project Restauración offers the opportunity to work with populations both...