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Building Volunteer Projects in Jamaica

  • Placement location: Mandeville and surrounding areas
  • Role: Helping to rebuild and renovate the homes of the poor or those affected by disaster
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, airport transfers, 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 – volunteers are needed all year round

Volunteer construction projects in Jamaica

Volunteers are needed in Jamaica to work on a Community Building Project, helping to repair homes and build sanitation and housing solutions for the poor in Manchester and other parishes. Volunteers on the Building Project work alongside an experienced local builder or with our partner agency the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) as part of a committed and dedicated team doing minor repairs to aluminium roofs, putting in louvre windows, mixing mortar, digging pits, laying blocks and carrying sand, cement, water and stones. Volunteers sometimes have to travel out to other parishes with their placement supervisor.

Jamaica is a tropical island which is situated on the hurricane belt. Records from as early as the 1780s show that hurricanes have been wreaking untold havoc on the infrastructure of this developing country. In 2008 hurricane Gustav claimed 15 lives, flooded homes, businesses and streets in St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland, leaving in its wake $210,000,000 of damage.

We are constantly looking at preventative measures to lessen the impact of hurricanes on the poor and the vulnerable (children, women and the elderly). This has led to the partnership of Projects Abroad Jamaica and the ADRA, two organisations which share a similar vision. ADRA International operates as an independent humanitarian agency established in 1984 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. ADRA's development and relief work covers five core activities: Food Security, Economic Development, Primary Health, Disaster Preparedness and Response, and Basic Education. ADRA is proud of the fact that they are not an agency for just providing handouts, but they work at finding solutions and training staff.

Gap year construction projects in Jamaica

The collaboration of Projects Abroad Jamaica and ADRA will result in changing the lives of the poor and needy by repairing and building homes. Come and be a part of this life-changing experience by making a valuable contribution to improve the standard of living of those in need.

You don’t need a degree in engineering or to be a skilled tradesman, but if you do possess any of these skills, then this is a plus. Come and learn about our culture and be a part of this beautiful exchange while you work and experience our lovely island.

Volunteers live with host families in Mandeville and are provided with support from ADRA and from our Projects Abroad staff in Jamaica.

You can join the Building Project in Jamaica for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the placement and you, the volunteer; however, please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

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