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Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Abroad In Jamaica

Additional Info
  • Processing Fee: $150 - $300 USD
  • Weekly Cost: $725 usd 1 week
  • Dates Available: Year round
  • Volunteer Site: St. Catherine, 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

Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Abroad - Volunteer Farming Abroad In Jamaica

Looking for sustainable agriculture volunteer abroad projects? Join us in Jamaica to lend a hand to our local farmers and our agriculture industry. All volunteers are welcome to apply for this program, whether you are an experience farmer or simply possess a desire to assist in the island’s growth.

 

Our agriculture volunteer programs are perfect for persons who are studying or training in the fields of irrigation, livestock farming, construction, disease control, organic farming, agricultural management and plant nutrition.

 

Why You Should Join Our International Organic Farming Volunteer Program

Due to the ever increasing cost of living in Jamaica, it is becoming more difficult for local farmers to maintain production and provide for their families. Farmers are forced to buy less fertilizer, animal feed, pesticides, and other necessary material in order to produce their crops and animals. We counteract this by placing volunteers directly with these farmers to help them to increase their yield, streamline daily activities and assist with overseeing their farms.

 

If you are seeking a physical yet rewarding volunteer experience abroad, then our volunteer farming abroad projects in Jamaica are right for you.

 

Some Of The Farms You Will Be Able To Practice Organic Farming Volunteer Abroad Are:

• Poultry and Livestock Farms
• Produce Farms
• Botanical Gardens and Greenhouses
• Aquaponics and Hydroponics farms

 

Some Activities That You Will Do On Your Farming Volunteer Abroad Project Include:

  • Work on a livestock farm to help feed the animals, apply medication and check for pests, repair pens and more
  • Give ideas to aquaponic and hydroponic farms to improve their systems and boost production
  • Help to create systems to prevent and reduce praedial larceny and theft
  • Volunteer at a greenhouse to water plants, apply fertilizers and insecticides, test the soil, work on repairing greenhouses etc.
  • Help farmers to till soil, plant and reap crops, water and mulch, help prepare compost, get crops market-ready, and introduce new farming techniques among other things
  • Introduce modern technology to local farmers and assist them in streamlining and improving their daily operations
  • Help to implement cost effective irrigation methods
  • Help small farmers improve literacy skills and assist with creating written proposals and other business documents
  • Visit a local school to teach students the importance of farming and assist them in creating a small school farm project to help them to become self-sustainable and also encourage them to grow what they eat.
Project Details

Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Abroad Project Placement

You will be placed at either a poultry, livestock or produce farm in Saint Catherine, Mandeville, 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 30 volunteers at a time, however pre booking is needed. Special arrangements are needed for larger groups.

 

Experience:

You do not need prior experience to join our volunteer farming abroad projects in Jamaica, however it would be an advantage and allow you to participate in more advanced projects.

 

Project Activities:

After you submit your application, we will contact you to finalize the activities that you would like to embark on during your project so that we can find you an ideal placement. We encourage applicants to pre-plan for their trips, as this is necessary in order to have a truly impactful project.

 

Resources:

We will provide you with a list of resources that your agricultural volunteer abroad project placement desperately need to give you an opportunity to collect donations on their behalf back home. This is NOT compulsory and you can choose to opt out of this if you wish to.

 

We encourage volunteers to read our fundraising guide for great ideas to help raise funds for your trip to Jamaica. We will also provide you with any support documentation that you may need to apply for grants or other funding.

 

Combine Experiences

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

 

Special Needs Volunteering
Volunteer Teaching Abroad
Orphanage Volunteer Programs
Sports Volunteering Abroad
Business Management Volunteer Abroad
Volunteer Abroad Building & Maintenance
Volunteer Abroad Women's Empowerment
Humanitarian Volunteer & Sponsor A Family Or Child

 

Duration:

Projects run from 1 week up to 3 months. If you would like a longer project we would need to check the visa requirements for your country before planning your trip.

 

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 farm 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 our international agriculture volunteer programs daily. This cost is included in your project cost. 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 stay in Jamaica during your international organic farming volunteer project 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

Agriculture Volunteer 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, St. Catherine 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 medical insurance here)
Weekend tour and adventure projects

 

Availability:

These Projects are available all year round.

 

Project Dates and 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 And Weekends:

On weekends, and some weekday afternoons, you can opt to partake in our cultural immersion and excursion tours. 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. View our available tours and excursion in Jamaica and purchase a tour package to maximize your trip.

Accommodation and Transportation

 

Accommodation

 

Where You Will Stay:

During our sustainable farming volunteer opportunities 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 St. Catherine, 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 agriculture volunteer abroad programs will be able to 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.

 

Daily Meals:

Your 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 agriculture volunteer programs includes airport pickup at the Norman Manley International Airport or Sangster International Airport. 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 project 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 volunteer farming overseas program thoroughly and decide if it is the right 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 program fee you will be sent a list of documentation 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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