Located in the southern Caribbean, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the perfect location volunteers of all ages. Surrounded by mountainous and volcanic scenery, waterfalls, and crystal clear beaches, participants can enjoy a laid back Caribbean lifestyle while working on projects that directly help the community.
Spend anywhere from one to six months volunteering in this tropical paradise to get hands-on experience in areas including environmental studies, global warming, sustainable agriculture, farming, and renewable energy.Photo credit: _dChris.
Combat global climate change by helping to restore the natural landscape that often gets ruined by the damage caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters. Some projects include cleaning beaches and rivers, planting trees, and setting up gardens.
Volunteer on a Farm
What better way to promote sustainability than helping out local farmers? Participants can learn about water harvesting, chicken production, and other types of organic farming techniques.
Work with Children
Teach children about the impact that global warming is having on their surrounding environment. Help to make their communities better by talking about ways to help the planet, through planting trees and setting up recycling centers.
Create an Independent Project
Have an idea to help combat global warming? Work with local volunteers and staff at NGOs to implement your own sustainability project.
Where to Go
- Kingstown: visit the capital to learn about the history of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Don't forget to check out the botanical gardens while you're here.
- Princess Margaret Beach: popular resort destination, with perfect aqua water and white sand.
- Tobago Cays: great location for snorkeling and diving.
- Port Elizabeth: known for its markets, diverse food, and culture.
- Falls of Baleine: one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Caribbean.
- La Soufrière: the country's highest peak, and still an active volcano, which makes for natural hot springs.
Most volunteers will stay in student dorms during their time in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which will give them the opportunity to bond with like-minded volunteers.
The official language is English, though some people also speak Vincentian Creole.
When preparing to spend time in paradise, we recommend packing the following:
- Shorts and t-shirts that mix and match well
- A bathing suit
- Sneakers or hiking boots
- One nicer outfit
- A small backpack for weekend adventures
- A type G adapter for your electronics
While volunteering in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, we recommend that participants either purchase a prepaid phone and minutes once they get here, or bring their smartphones from home and purchase a SIM card at a local kiosk.
Prior to coming to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, it is recommended that travelers get vaccinated for Influenza, Hepatitis A and B, Cholera, Rabies, Typhoid and Tuberculosis.
Like many other places, crime like theft exists here but can be avoided when travelers remain vigilant and attentive to their belongings. Nature can also sometimes pose a threat -- hurricanes are no stranger to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines between June and December.