What is the Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Jamaica all about?
Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Jamaica involves the management of two of the most popular conservation areas including Hope Garden and Hellshire beach.
The Royal Botanical Garden is called Hope Garden and is the largest garden in the Caribbeans located in Kingston. It features many indigenous and exotic flora native to the area. Unfortunately, the park was vandalized over the years and as a result, a not-for-profit organized by the local community was set-up with the objective of restoring the park and ensuring the conservation of the beautiful diverse resources of Jamaica. The garden has a zoo attached to it as well with over 60 species of animals some of which are endangered.
Another local conservation project volunteers work with is Hellshire beach. The initiative is about combating the plastic waste left on the beach shore as there are many beach huts selling plastic water and sodas, and there is no proper disposal at the moment for it.
Both of the projects also work with schools and local communities to create awareness about the need to preserve the environment and care for the local resources especially as the park can bring touristic activities to Jamaica contributing to the overall economy.
Why choose this Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Jamaica?
- Study the exotic flora and fauna found in Jamaica and contribute to its conservation.
- Bring awareness to its local communities on the importance of the local contribution to preserve their environment.
- Learn about Jamaican culture and get to know their very friendly people.
Role of the Conservation Volunteer
At the Hope Garden, volunteers help with hands-on environmental conservation activities as well as work with local schools. At the royal botanical garden, the volunteers are involved in research and identifying of new plant species, developing irrigation methods, developing soil erosion control and maintenance of the park nursery gardens. In addition, volunteers will also assist in the construction and maintenance of trails within the park.
Environmental Conservation volunteers will also participate in awareness activities to help the locals better understand the important of the environment and its contribution to the economy.
At Hellshire beach, volunteers help clear the beach, collect data on the sources and type of garbage harming the local environment. In conjunction with the Jamaica Environment Trust, volunteers work to educate raise awareness within the community about the importance of recycling and preserving the water and the coral reef. In addition, volunteers can inspire local people in the fight to shape environmental policies.
What skills do I need to be an Environmental Conservation Volunteer?
Volunteers do not need to have prior experience to join this placement. All you need to have is a love for the environment and a passion for helping others. You will be required to go through a phone interview and submit a resume / CV as well as two reference letters to ensure the right project matching.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help a community with their environmental conservation initiatives
To make new connections abroad and contribute what you are passionate about
To raise awareness in Jamaica on environmental issues
Where will I work in Jamaica?
About the Location
The Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Jamaica is based in Kingston, named Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015 for the island cultural history and its Reggae Legend Bob Marley.
Your accommodation is in a residential area called Smokey Vale overlooking the city of Kingston. You will be in a shared air-conditioned bedroom. The house gives an opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery. Or you may decide to play a game with others at the onsite basketball court or just catch up on one of the many communal areas.
What to do in your spare time
On the weekends, there are plenty of things to do such as seeing the premier attraction in Jamaica: Dunn’s River Falls. If you love waterfalls but don’t want something as touristy, you may want to explore the Reach Falls in Portland. And if you are looking for a trip of a lifetime and amazing experiences, you should combine your volunteering with a tour of the Blue Mountain.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: starting at
£1807 / $2821 for 2 weeks
£2404 / $3752 for 3 weeks
£511 / $797 for additional weeks after that
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Kingston, Jamaica
- Working hours: Monday through Fridays, 9:00 - 16:30
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday or Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared air-conditioned bedroom in volunteer house
- Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
- Airport: pickup and drop off from/to Norman Manley International Airport.
- On the Ground Transportation: to/from project daily
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including:
– Pre-departure information pack
– Fundraising Guide
– How to Manage your Money Abroad
- On the ground training: cultural and safety orientation and project induction
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers from local team
- Excursion Planning assistance from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
What is not included
- Visas if applicable
- Meals: Lunch not included
- $10 key deposit on your arrival
- $10 min housekeeping fee
- Police background check: US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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