If you are passionate about social challenges around the world and want to work directly with local people and the communities, a ngo support abroad project is perfect for you!
Work directly with local people and the communities they call home and have the opportunity to interact with people in marginalized communities who are suffering from economic and social imbalances.
On our NGO Support project, you will have two focuses:
In addition to working with local people in the community, you’ll have the opportunity to support youth development and education: This means you will assist with the positive growth and education of Jamaican youths. One of the ways to reach the youth community is through sports. It has proven to keep children off the streets, help them focus and give them a sense of achievement.
To educate young people, you’ll also have the opportunity to join other NGO initiatives. An example of this is going into schools and creating awareness campaigns. When you do this, you’ll train and elevate youths to overcome their circumstances.
Another way of supporting NGOs is through Women Empowerment:
Along with working as a ngo support volunteer or an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to help women who live in marginalized communities and suffer from abuse and economic hardships.
Another way for interns to provide ngo support is through capacity building for women owners of small businesses and micro-enterprises. Many small businesses and individuals don’t know how to raise funds or use social media for marketing.
As you support these women, you will help fight human rights, children’s issues, and bridge the gap between government and community.
If you are looking for ngo support abroad or want to help social causes, this project will offer many opportunities.
As an NGO and social work intern/volunteer, your primary duty and responsibility are to support the NGO in whatever projects they are working on and assist in any way you can.
Some of these tasks may be, but are not limited to:
When you intern with Jamaica Volunteer Programs, you’ll be working as part of the short, mid and long term goals that we have developed in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
Also, the Community Experts work closely with Jamaica Volunteer Programs to implement many of our projects. This collaborative partnership enables us to monitor the impact of our projects and allow us to measure which of the UN SDGs are making a sustainable contribution.
On the first day of your project, you will learn about the UN SDGs objectives and mission and how our project is aligning with these goals. You’ll also get information on how for 17 years, we have been working towards these short, mid, and long term goals. We aim to educate you on local/global issues, and how you can contribute to the organizations’ mission to empower the lives of the people in the community.
NGO Long-term Objectives:
Our internship programs are based on the outskirts of Kingston. Intern placements are within 15 to 30 minutes from Volunteer Home / Youth Hostel. The programs are also within close proximity to village shops, schools, and churches.
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Interns will arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport and our representative will meet you on arrival
A Jamaica Volunteer Programs coordinator will conduct orientation on the morning of the day the project starts. During this first meeting, you will be introduced to local staff who will take care of you and go over the details of your project placement. Your orientation will include popular Jamaican customs & culture, safety, weekend and free time travel options, and guidelines and expectations.
During your orientation, you will also be briefed on information about all the Covid-19 protocols, options for local transportation, currency, and other support services you will require during your stay.
Our accommodations are dormitory-style volunteer houses/youth hostels. Rooms are equipped with fans, but there is the option to pay US$5 per day for air conditioning.
All accommodations have electricity, running water, western-style bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. You are required to bring your reusable water bottle to refill each day, which will help to reduce your cost for clean drinking water. You are also required to bring toiletries.
For the safety of interns and consideration of other roommates, we provide curfews hours on weekdays starting at 11:00 pm and on weekends at 1:00 am.
At JVP, we offer a basic daily breakfast in your package. The menu includes toast, eggs, fruits, tea/coffee, and juice. Two days per week, you’ll have a full Jamaica breakfast. There is a communal kitchen at the volunteer house, which consists of a gas stove, microwave, and refrigerator.
Your package also includes daily dinner.
At JVP, we cater to all diets, including vegetarians and vegans. To request meals for your special diet, discuss with your project coordinator.
Your daily work schedule will depend on your location and the duties; however, all interns will work with a basic structure. Our projects run from Monday – Friday, and on the first day of your placement, you’ll be accompanied by a local staff who will introduce you and help you settle in. During this time, you will get to familiarize yourself with the facilities, the team, and the duties and activities you will be doing.
A typical weekday will look something like this:
6:30 – 7:30: Breakfast
8:00: Depart for internship work
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Start working at your project placement. Work closely with business professionals and assist microenterprises with administrative and business development tasks.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
At noon, there will be a break for lunch.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Return to work at your placement.
For the best experience, our interns are required to be 18 and older, are encouraged to be flexible and open-minded. Creativity, initiative, and a sense of humor are also invaluable assets. Interns also need to submit important documentation such as travel health insurance, trip cancellation, a resume/CV, a copy of your passport front page, and a criminal background check not older than six months.
You can spend your afternoons and weekends however you’d like, whether it be hanging out with other interns, working online, or exploring Jamaica through adventure. At JVP, our representatives are always looking out for eye-opening cultural activities we know you’ll enjoy. Some afternoons you’ll even have the option to attend a local event. It’s your choice!
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