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Community Farming Project in Jamaica

  • Placement location: Manchester Parish
  • Role: To assist on local farms with various agricultural tasks
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, travel and medical insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Farming in Jamaica

Our Community Farming volunteer project in Jamaica combines elements of farming and agricultural management with a more community focused role.

The project is open to volunteers taking a gap year, career break, or even a volunteer holiday and you do not need any specific experience to volunteer on this project; just a keen interest in agricultural issues and a desire to help the Jamaicans working within this field.

This project would also be particularly suitable to any volunteers studying or with training in the fields of agricultural management, entomology, disease control, organic farming, marketing, farming techniques, irrigation and plant nutrition.

Volunteering on a Community Farming Project in Jamaica

Gap Year Farming and Agriculture projects in Jamaica

Sustainable agriculture is important to the livelihood of many small farmers in rural areas of Manchester Parish. Farmers make up 20% of Jamaica’s workforce; this represents almost 160,000 families who are dependent on farming. Increasing costs of fertilisers and agrochemicals and a lack of support for rural farmers is impacting the livelihood of many farmers.

Volunteers who choose to join this project will work on a range of different farms that benefit orphanages, a home for the physically and mentally disabled, local schools, small farmers and farming cooperatives, and agricultural research facilities. These farms may be organic or non-organic farms, protected or open door farms, or research-based farms.

Your role will be to help with the maintenance of the farm, as well as the planting and harvesting of crops. You may also help elderly, sick or disabled farmers to maintain their fields, and educate students about farming as a viable career or entrepreneurial option.

Volunteers will be exposed to various farming techniques in this tropical country. Experienced volunteers may have the opportunity to share farming techniques with local farmers and students.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

Volunteer overseas on farming projects in Jamaica

Volunteers can assist in numerous areas depending on your interests, these include:

  • Work in greenhouse production
  • Bio-technology tissue culture development
  • Domestic market development, involving adding value to products in terms of storage of vegetables, packaging and handling.
  • Pest and fertiliser management
  • Research trials involving various crops and growing methods
  • Research into soil preparation and irrigation methods
  • Demonstrations of greenhouse farming, drip irrigation, pest control and farm input management.
  • Assisting with literacy levels of the farmers and assisting them with written proposals
  • Helping schools in the area to develop a small school farm so that the schools can be more self sufficient. Volunteers can help by organising the project, planting and taking care of crops and educating children about environmentally friendly agriculture.

Volunteers will live with local host families in Mandeville.

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