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Plant & Wildlife Volunteer Abroad 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
  • 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

Volunteer Gardening Abroad & Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs In Jamaica

For the nature lovers out there, we have conservation volunteer projects abroad available in Jamaica. Plant lovers can join our volunteer overseas horticulture projects, while volunteers who would prefer to work with animals can join our wildlife volunteer abroad programs.

 

Jamaica is home to many indigenous flora and fauna species, some of which have been driven to the point of extinction due to deforestation, hunting and other issues. Whether you have a degree in biology, or have no prior experience, we will greatly welcome your assistance in the conservation of plants and animals in Jamaica.

 

Jamaica International Projects has partnered with many local organizations vested in conserving our native plant and animal population. This is your chance to travel to Jamaica to lend a hand and work with local teams to save our indigenous species by helping with research and conservation.

 

Horticulture Volunteer Abroad Program Placements

One of the major projects that we work on for volunteer overseas horticulture is the Hope Botanical Gardens, which is the largest botanical garden in the English-speaking Caribbean. Located in Kingston Jamaica, it is home to many indigenous flora and fauna. Some local organizations are working to conserve the natural wildlife and exotic plant species found in the garden.

 

Because of a severe lack of funding, there is a great need for volunteers to come and lend their assistance. You can also work with local farmers on sustainable farming practices, such as grazing grounds, irrigation etc.

 

Wild Life Conservation Project Placement

We work with several local conservation agencies in Jamaica, such as NEPA to assist them in their wildlife conservation efforts. Our wildlife conservation volunteer abroad programs can place volunteers in the field to assist in conserving some of our endangered species, such as the Jamaican boa, iguanas, turtles, American crocodiles and much more.

 

This will be your chance to analyze challenges facing local botanists and conservation groups alike, as well as help to preserve the island’s endangered plants and animals.

 

What You Can Do On Your Wildlife Volunteering Abroad Or Plant Program:

  • *Tag and release endangered animals
  • *Monitor species status in their natural habitat
  • *Assist in safeguarding ecosystems and species
  • *Help to maintain the nursery at the hope Botanical Gardens
  • *Do tree plantings and transfers
  • *Study exotic plant species found only at the park
  • *Work with the national environment planning agency to combat climate change or with their wildlife conservation abroad projects
  • *Educate local farmers and botanists on state of the art products and techniques to use to maximize returns on crops and livestock
  • *Help to establish irrigation systems on local farms.
  • *Conduct research to help identify new plant species
  • *Visit schools, communities, businesses, and other organization to educate locals about conservational efforts, how to help prevent Global Warming or conserve endangered species.
Project Details

Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs Project Placement

You will be placed at either the Hope Botanical Garden, the National Planning Agency or with other conservation organizations in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Falmouth or Portland.

 

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 may be required for larger groups.

 

Experience:

No prior experience is needed to join our volunteer abroad wildlife conservation programs in Jamaica, however persons with prior conservation experience or students studying in a related field will be eligible for an advanced placement where they can perform more complex tasks daily.

 

Project Activities:

After you submit your application our Program Advisor will contact you to discuss the activities that you would like to partake in during your conservation project in Jamaica. We will use the information that you give us to find you the perfect placement.

 

Resources:

Volunteers seeking either volunteer abroad with wildlife programs or horticulture volunteer abroad projects are encouraged to collect as many resources as possible back home to assist them in their project in Jamaica, or to donate to their project placement.

 

We will send you a list of their greatest needs during application, however this is NOT mandatory, and you can opt not to take any resources if you do not wish to.

 

If you would like to put on a fundraiser back home or collect donations to assist your project, we would be happy to provide you with any support documentation you may need. You should also read our crowdfunding for travel & fundraising guide for inventive and fun ways to raise money to cover the cost of your program in Jamaica.

 

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 with this project are:

 

Teaching / Education
Orphanage & Childcare
Sports
Business Development
Building & Maintenance
Women's Empowerment
Human Rights & Legal Aid
Disability Care / Special Needs

 

Duration:

We offer 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 office and 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. 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 international wildlife volunteer opportunities to be comfortable, fulfilling and meaningful we suggest 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

Wildlife Volunteer Abroad 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, 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 health travel insurance here)
Weekend tour and adventure projects

 

Availability:

Wildlife volunteer vacations 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 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 excursions and cultural tours in Jamaica and purchase a package to maximize your your trip to 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, 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 wildlife volunteer opportunities abroad 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 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:

Your conservation of plants and animals project cost 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 wild life conservation 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 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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