Volunteer in Jamaica

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

Jamaica is a beautiful island nation located in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba and west of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Nowhere else in the Caribbean islands are African people, history, and culture so prevalent as Jamaica. Volunteers will have lots of exploring to do since Jamaica is also full of attractions to fulfill any Caribbean vacation fantasies.

Education: Teaching is a popular way to volunteer abroad in Jamaica. From tutoring in after school to coaching to teaching adults, there are many ways to work in the education field. Many poorer and rural communities lack the money and resources to give children the education they deserve.

Agriculture, Construction, and many Outdoor Jobs: This forested nation receives a large amount of rainfall and boasts a large variety of plants and animals. According to the World Bank, more than 40% of Jamaica’s land is used for agricultural purposes. There are many possible outdoor volunteer activities that will give you a chance to see the country, get your hands dirty, and help the local community. From conservation to construction, find the program that allows you to be immersed in the natural wonders of Jamaica.

Community Development: Although Jamaica is most well-known for tourist hot spots like resorts and beaches, there is a whole other side to Jamaican culture. The national government has worked on several initiatives to support the poor population. Community development projects may include providing employment/business assistance, providing basic services like health care, supporting community-based infrastructures, minority empowerment, and more.

  • Things to Do: Although you will see many people living in poverty, there are lots of places in Jamaica that have found wealth from tourism. It’s best to try to experience a mix of these two very different Jamaican lifestyles. Take a break from volunteering to swim with dolphins, explore a local market, relax on the beaches, try street food, deep sea fishing, and more!
  • Volunteer/NGO Culture and History in Jamaica: Volunteering directly with NGOs is a great way for more independent travelers to save some money and work with locals. According to WANGO, 22 NGOs are currently working to assist Jamaican people in need.
Health and Safety of Volunteers in Jamaica:

Generally, only the Hepatitis A immunization is required but check with your doctor before traveling or visit MD Travel Health for more information. Travelers’ diarrhea is common but if you bring antibiotics and avoid drinking tap water, you should be fine. Unfortunately, Jamaica has been known for many years for its high crime and murder rates. This doesn’t mean that travelers should avoid it or that they would be in particular danger. Jamaica is also known for being homophobic.

Contributed by Katie Boyer

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Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions
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Volunteers For Peace (VFP)
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Blue Mountain Project
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