Agriculture & Farming

Agriculture Volunteer Abroad Programs 


Overview

Agriculture Volunteer Abroad in Jamaica

Do you have a passion for agriculture Volunteer Abroad projects and often dream of working overseas on a small organic farm? If you have, then experience Jamaica in a whole new way as you explore the culture first hand by working alongside local farmers.

In most communities in Jamaica, owning a back yard garden and small farm is vital for having a cheap source of starch, vegetables and fruits. This practice was handed down by our ancestors after Admiral William Penn fought the Spaniards and captured the island for England in 1655.They quickly realized that the island was ideal for the growing of sugar cane.

To grow sugar profitably cheap labor was needed and the English planters filled this need by importing slaves mainly from West Africa. By the late 16th century Jamaica was established as a top sugar producer. In 1834, slavery was formally abolished and to sustain the family the ex-slaves turned to establishing small farms. Excess food was sold by each farmer in the community or used as barter for other goods and services.

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Most small farmers today still use the old ways of farming, especially with hand tools like the machete.  If you are interested in sustainable agriculture volunteer projects and curious about the agricultural procedures of small farming and how they play a role in the people’s lives, this project could be ideal for you.

Skills & Qualifications needed for Agriculture Volunteer Programs

International agriculture volunteer program participants need no experience to participate in sustainable farming. What you need is the willingness to take instructions, a spirit of humility, energy and a strong work ethetic. If you love working with the soil and getting your hands dirty, the farmers in the community will welcome your advice and be grateful for your help. Never underestimate the power of a positive outlook and an enthusiastic attitude in building fast friendships and relationships.

Our small farm agriculture volunteer programs are located close to Jamaica Volunteer Program’s housing in the mountainous hills of St. Andrew. In these communities there is a great need for creating awareness about conservation practices. Students studying agricultural management, agriculture and farming ,disease control, organic farming abroad, irrigation and other farming techniques could make a big difference by supporting members of the small farming communities.

Here are some other opportunities to get involved with small organic farms

  • Demonstrate green house farming management and help  increase output
  • Learn organic methods used by Jamaican small farmers to ensure healthy and safe foods
  • Clear land of stones and other items to create areas for planting
  • Fork the soil to break up large areas for planting
  • Help plant crops like calaloo, pak choi, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrot, cabbage and more
  • Help in the maintenance of the crops with weeding

By volunteering on sustainable agriculture volunteer Projects in Jamaica, you will not only build skills, but you’ll learn about a new culture and lifestyle while abroad. If you have been looking for an opportunity in getting hands-on, international experience, this is it.






Project Info

Project info

When you participate in Volunteer Agriculture Abroad you’ll work with small farmers in the community. Your impact on the projects will depend on the time of year and the stage the programs have reached. Because there is so much to do, work is available for skilled and unskilled volunteers and is a great fit for students, professionals and families.

Project days & times:

Your farm volunteer programs will be available Monday – Fridays from 9:00 am to approximately 4:30.pm. If you would like a shorter day we can organize this. We want you to be totally immersed in the Jamaican culture so on weekends our organization offers day excursions and cultural immersion experiences. We continually look for eye-opening cultural activities for you to do in your free time, so on your arrival in Jamaica we could suggest current events like festivals and sports.

Duration of this project

You can volunteer for a minimum of one week or a maximum of three months. If you require a longer duration special arrangements would be needed so contact us.

COMBINE PROJECTS

Volunteer agriculture & farming abroad programs are often combined with teaching in schools or working in Orphanages. If you are interested in working with Orphanages or childcare facilities you can make this request.

How this program works?

Orientation: On your arrival at your volunteer home you will be given an orientation. During the orientation you’ll be told what to expect the following day, the time of departure and pick up.

Transportation:

On your first day and every day of your project we will provide transportation. Depending on your project location, you may be transported alone or as part of a group.

What to expect on the first day of your project

We promised to be always there for you, so as a part of your in-country support, we provide one of our Program Advisors to accompany you to your project on your first day. You will be introduced to the local staff and we help you settle in. We will not leave you until we are sure that you are comfortable and have clear instructions on what to do.

Before our departure, we will help you make arrangements for an affordable lunch or we will show you how to find the closest food store. At end of the day, we’ll pick you up at the agreed time. On your way home, we can go the extra mile to allow you to purchase supplies or get money changed to our local currency.

Start Dates

 Start Dates

Our volunteer agriculture & farming projects are available all year round allowing you to take part when you can so on your application you will indicate your start and end dates. Although we are flexible there are times during the year when Jamaica has major holidays and celebration, so it is advisable to plan your trip that your dates do not coincide with these major events.

Pre- set arrival dates

If you are travelling as a group or with family members, we’ll work with you to set the dates of your arrival. We ask that you book your flight to arrive on the weekend so that you can start on a Monday. If your arrival date cannot be on a weekend, you need to make special arrangements for a mid–week start date.

 Last minute booking

We encourage you to always plan your volunteering trips early as pre-planning allows you to get more out of your trip. If you decide at the last minute to volunteer in Jamaica, it might be possible to make it happen but it will depend on the project. Complete the application form and contact us to find out if we can make the project of your choice happen.

 

How to Get Started

How to Get Started























Prices


Agriculture and Farming

  • Add Program Fee $249 US
  • 1 Week $799 US
  • 2 Weeks $1,500 US
  • 3 Weeks $2,100 US
  • 4 Weeks $2,630 US
  • 5 Weeks $3,150 US
  • 6 Weeks & Over – Request a Quote



Teaching

  • Add Program Fee $249 US
  • 1 Week $799 US
  • 2 Weeks $1,500 US
  • 3 Weeks $2,100 US
  • 4 Weeks $2,630 US
  • 5 Weeks $3,150 US
  • 6 Weeks & Over – Request a Quote



Sports Coach

  • Add Program Fee $249 US
  • 1 Week $799 US
  • 2 Weeks $1,500 US
  • 3 Weeks $2,100 US
  • 4 Weeks $2,630 US
  • 5 Weeks $3,150 US
  • 6 Weeks & Over – Request a Quote



Elderly Care

  • Add Program Fee $249 US
  • 1 Week $799 US
  • 2 Weeks $1,500 US
  • 3 Weeks $2,100 US
  • 4 Weeks $2,630 US
  • 5 Weeks $3,150 US
  • 6 Weeks & Over – Request a Quote


Reviews

December 22, 2014

Ashlee Downing

This was an eye opening experience I went to Jamaica and volunteered at the Manning’s Hill Primary School. While there, I was able to work with […]
December 22, 2014

Bill Ferguson

My life has changed because of my volunteer vacation to Jamaica My students and I had arrived very late at the Norman Manley International Airport on […]
December 22, 2014

Gina Ghioldi

I was matched with the perfect organization I was seeking a volunteer experience that would afford me the opportunity to work with learning disabled primary school-age […]
December 22, 2014

Tracey Veivers

Rejuvenation – Jamaica delivered Needing some perspective on life I wanted to volunteer working with children. I chose Jamaica as a destination. And Jamaica delivered. JVP […]




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