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Marine Conservation Volunteer Abroad In Jamaica

Additional Info
  • Processing Fee: $150 - $300 USD
  • Weekly Cost: $725 usd 1 week
  • Dates Available: Year round
  • Volunteer Site: Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios
  • Max Participants: 30
  • Age Range: 12 - 85
  • Room Types: Dorm
  • Minimum Stay: 1 week
  • Maximum Stay: 3 months
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transfers: To/From Airport & Project
  • Our Social Work: We donate up to 50% to charity
  • Group Discount: Yes (5 or more travelers)
  • Tour Discount: 10% off all tours/excursions
Description

Marine Life Conservation In Jamaica - Marine Conservation Volunteer Abroad

Looking to travel overseas to help in marine life conservation and preservation? Then you should greatly consider coming to Jamaica and joining us. Many of the island’s indigenous marine animals are now endangered due to a number of factors.

 

Jamaica International Projects has partnered with local agencies working to preserve the island’s most exotic and endangered animals. Some of the marine animals that are under protection include turtles, dolphins, exotic fish and much more. Our marine conservation volunteer abroad trips will put you at the heart of ensuring that these animals remain protected.

 

Everyone Can Join Our Marine Biology Volunteer Programs

If you are an experienced marine biologist, then your skills would greatly be appreciated, however we welcome inexperienced volunteers as well. As long as you have a passion for giving back and an interest in marine wildlife conservation, this project will be perfect for you.

 

For programs running 1 month and more, we may be able to offer diving classes so that underwater research and conservation can be done (additional costs may apply). Travel to Jamaica to help understaffed marine conservation organizations in the hopes of saving endangered aquatic species. Student will also have the option of turning this program into marine conservation internships.

 

Activities You Can Do On Your Marine Biology Volunteer Program In Jamaica:

  • Work with turtles, marlins, sea birds and other endangered and/or endemic species
  • Conduct research to collect data on the marine life in select areas of Jamaica
  • Enter research findings into databases of scientific conservation agencies worldwide
  • Work with locals to tag endangered animals, such as Blue Marlins and turtles then return them to the wild
  • Skilled and trained marine biologists and students can convert the program into a marine conservation internship and gain on the job experience
  • Visit schools and communities to educate locals on the importance of preserving endangered marine life
  • Diving professionals may engage in underwater coral reef conservation volunteer projects *additional costs will apply
Project Details

Volunteer Marine Biology Programs Placement

You will be placed with a marine life conservation agency in the Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Falmouth, Portland, or Negril.

 

Amount Of Participants:

This project is open to individuals, couples and groups. We can accommodate as many as 60 volunteers at a time, however pre booking is needed. Special arrangements are needed for larger groups.

 

Experience:

No prior experience is needed to join our marine animal volunteer programs in Jamaica. However marine biology students or those with prior experience will be given advanced placements where they can do more complex duties while volunteering.

 

Marine Conservation Volunteering Project Activities:

After you apply, our Program Advisor will contact you to discuss the activities that you would like to engage in during your project. Pre-planning is an important step to an impactful project, so please think carefully on what your goals are during this time.

 

Fundraising:

We are willing to provide you with fundraising support. Let us know if you need any documentation for grants, funding, or to collect donations for your project. Be sure to read through our travel fundraising guide for innovative ideas.

 

Combine Experiences

If you would like to combine this experience with another project, please let us know on your application. Popular projects that get combined are:

 

Volunteer Teaching
Orphanage / Childcare
Sports Coaching
Business Development
Building & Maintenance
Women's Empowerment
Sponsor A Family Or Child
Human Rights & Law
Teach Foreign Language

 

Duration:

We offer volunteer marine conservation projects for a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 3 months. For projects longer than 3 months, you will need to contact us to check visa and other requirements.

 

Your First Day:

On the first day of your project, a Program Advisor will accompany you to your project site, where you will be introduced to staff. You will be given a tour of the property and after you have settled in your objectives will be made clear. Before your Program Advisor departs he/she will ensure that you know where to purchase lunch.

 

Transportation:

We provide company operated transportation to and from your project daily. We will work off the time indicated on your itinerary, so if you would like to spend more or less time at your project on a particular day, let us know so that we can pick you up at the desired time.

 

Project Completion:

Upon the completion of your project, we will present you with a Volunteer Certificate signed by our General Manager. We would also be happy to sign any documents that you would need to prove community service hours.

 

Recommended To Take With You:

In order for your marine conservation projects to be completely fulfilling, we recommend that you take along the following items with you:

 

Money to purchase lunch – lunch in Jamaica is very affordable, and would cost about $3-$5 USD per day.
Insect repellent to prevent mosquito and bug bites
Supplies to assist with your project (if any)
A camera to take pictures
Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
A water bottle
Comfortable shoes

Dates and Costs
Processing Fee (Add to Total)
$150 USD

 

Shared Dorm Room In KINGSTON Hosted By JIP (USD)
1 Week $725
2 Weeks $1,270
3 Weeks $1,815
4 Weeks $2,360
5 Weeks $2,910
6 Weeks $3,455
7 Weeks $4,000
8 Weeks $4,545
Extra Weeks $545

 

Shared Dorm Room In KINGSTON GROUP RATES (5 or More Volunteers) (USD)
1 Week $699
2 Weeks $1,215
3 Weeks $1,735
4 Weeks $2,255
5 Weeks $2,775
6 Weeks $3,295
7 Weeks $3,810
8 Weeks $4,330
Extra Weeks $520

 

Private Room With Local Host (USD)
1 Week $990
2 Weeks $1,790
3 Weeks $2,580
4 Weeks $3,375
5 Weeks $4,170
6 Weeks $4,965
7 Weeks $5,760
8 Weeks $6,600
Extra Weeks $720

 

Placement Only Processing Fee
$300 USD

Marine Conservation Programs Prices Include:


*Pre-arrival support and assistance
*Sourcing volunteer project placement
*Orientation and support documentation on day of arrival
*Pickup from airport and transfer to accommodation.
*Private room with a local host near the parish your program is in (Kingston, Negril, Falmouth, St. Ann or Montego Bay.) Accommodation equipped with fans/air conditioning, double or queen bed, kitchen access, free wifi, cable television, bathroom and more.
*Full breakfast and dinner daily.
*Daily transportation to and from volunteer project
*24/7 in country support
*Certificate of participation upon successful completion of your volunteer program
*Return transfer to airport

 

Prices Do Not Include:

Visa application cost or fees (if applicable)
Daily lunch
Personal shopping money
Airfare expenses or taxes
Travel insurance (You can purchase affordable travel health insurance here)
Weekend tour and adventure projects

 

Availability:

Marine volunteer projects are available all year round.

 

Project Dates & Times:

Projects normally run Monday through Friday, so we ask that volunteers arrive on the weekend, preferably Saturday. If you cannot come on a weekend, we will still accommodate you.

 

Afternoon & Weekends:

On weekends, and some weekday afternoons, you can opt to partake in our cultural immersion tours and excursions. This is the perfect opportunity for you to not only have fun and blow off steam, but also learn about our rich culture and experience our top attractions. Follow this link to view our full list of tours and cultural immersion adventures in Jamaica.

Accommodation and Transportation

 

Accommodation

 

Where You Will Stay:

You will stay with a pre-vetted local host in houses or apartments that are equipped to accommodate our volunteers and interns. You will get a chance to experience the Jamaican culture first hand. On your application form you will select the area you would like to stay in, and choose from Kingston, Falmouth, Negril, Montego Bay, or St. Ann (Ocho Rios). All local hosts we work with are safe and will treat you like a member of the family.

 

Accommodation Features:

• Double or queen beds
• Air Conditioning or fans
• Private or shared bathrooms
• Cable television
• Free Wi-Fi access
• Closets
• Chest of drawer and night table
• Locker or safety box with lock (storage)

 

Group Accommodations

Groups joining our marine life conservation volunteer programs can choose from a wide list of guest houses or hotels that we work with or manage to accommodate your members. You can choose accommodations in the most popular areas of Jamaica, equipped with dorm rooms, double rooms and private rooms and modern day amenities.

 

Orientation:

We provide all of our volunteers with orientation on your date of arrival. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will be given your finalized itinerary and your orientation guide. During orientation we will go over project dates and times, transportation, meal times, cultural/excursion activities and you will be given tips on Jamaica.

 

Key Deposit:

We require a $20 USD key deposit to be paid during orientation. This will be refunded upon checkout once the keys are returned. If you lose your keys we will use your deposit to cover their replacement.

 

Welcome Meal:

On your date of arrival, following your orientation, you will be served with your welcome meal consisting of Jamaican dishes.

 

Daily Meals:

Your marine conservation volunteer Package Cost covers breakfast and dinner daily. You will be served Jamaican cuisine during your stay. Indicate if you have any special dietary requirements on your application so that we can make preparations for you.

 

Transportation

 

Airport Pickup:

Our marine volunteer programs includes airport pickup at the Norman Manley International Airport or Sangster International Airport, depending on where you will be staying. We will meet you at the airport with a sign saying Jamaica International Projects. You will be transferred directly from the airport to your accommodation.

 

You should book your flight to the airport that is nearest to the parish you will be staying in. We will advise you during application.

 

Daily Transfers:

Each day, you will be transferred from your accommodation directly to your marine conservation volunteer opportunities site by a team member. We will also pick you up at your project at the agreed upon time and transfer you either back to the accommodation, to change money/purchase supplies or to a cultural activity/excursion, depending upon your itinerary.

 

Tour Transfers:

For your tours, you will have a Program Advisor accompanying you to point out important landmarks and to function as a guide. You will be transferred to and from all excursions and outings.

 

Return To Airport:

At the end of your project, we will provide return transportation to the airport.

How to Join Us

Research:

Read through the other information on this page about our marine volunteering program thoroughly and decide if it is the program for you.

 

Apply:

Click APPLY NOW and complete the application form as thoroughly as possible. In the meantime start thinking of the activities that you would like to engage in during your project.

 

Interview:

A Program Advisor will review your application and contact you within 24 hours via Skype, Google Hangouts or telephone. You will get a chance to discuss your goals, skills, fundraising and ask us any questions.

 

Secure Your Placement:

As soon as you are accepted, you will need to pay your Non-Refundable Processing Fee so that we can begin making your placement and processing your application. You may also pay a deposit or make payment in full once you are sure of your date of travel, because availability is on a first come first serve basis.

 

Submit Documentation:

After paying the processing fee for your international marine volunteers program you will be sent a list of documents that you need to submit. We ask that you submit these documents as soon as possible, so if you are planning to join this program then you should start the process of obtaining them from now. These documents are:

 

• 2 Reference letters (1 personal, 1 professional)
• 1 recent photo id (passport, national id or driver's license)
• 1 police report/criminal background check
• Proof of travel insurance
• Flight itinerary

 

Finalize All Payments:

All payments must be finalized no later than 60 days before your travel date. This means that the entire package cost, including Processing Fee, Project Cost and Cultural Immersion/Excursion cost must be settled 60 days before your arrival date. You can update your cultural immersion/excursion package or purchase additional tours while you are in Jamaica.

 

You will receive updates on your project and itinerary via emails, phone calls and through Google+ or Skype calls.

 

Remember to read through our Terms and Service Agreement to know your responsibilities if you embark on this program.

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