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General Building Project in Jamaica

  • Placement locations: Manchester and surrounding areas
  • Role: Helping to build toilet facilities for school children and rebuild and renovate the homes of the poor or those affected by disaster.
  • Requirements: None
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 1 week
  • Start dates: Flexible

In Jamaica, volunteers are needed to help to build toilet facilities in schools on the Projects Abroad Building Project. Many schools in Jamaica have no choice but to rely on unsanitary and unsafe pit toilets, which negatively impact the lives of young children. With the help of volunteers, Projects Abroad Jamaica has been working with the Ministry of Education in the region to reduce the number of pit toilets in elementary schools. There are 40 schools in the region that need this type of upgrade and this project will benefit hundreds of children.

Projects Abroad Jamaica volunteers help paint the recently constructed bathrooms at Bryce Primary School

With your help, we can assist in addressing this crucial need in schools in Manchester. According to reports received from the Ministry of Education, this situation must be addressed urgently, given the various negative impacts on the children. These include skin rashes, infections, and illnesses due to poor sanitary conditions, and there is the potential danger of children falling into the pits.

The aim is to have newly built toilet facilities so that the safety and security of the children is not compromised. It is also a concern that some schools do not have running water, and if they do, the system that exists is either out-dated or in need of urgent repair.

Volunteering at the Building Project in Jamaica

Projects Abroad volunteers help to build bathroom facilities at the Old England Primary school in Jamaica

On the Building Project in Jamaica, volunteers work alongside an experienced local builder as part of a committed and dedicated team. You will help by digging the foundations, mixing mortar, digging pits, laying blocks, and carrying sand, cement, water, and stones. The work that you do will result in improving the standard of living of those in need.

Volunteers are also involved in a quarterly outreach scheme to help renovate houses for needy individuals who may have been affected by fire, floods, or a hurricane or may be living in unacceptable conditions.

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

You do not need to be qualified or have any special skills to join us, but if you do possess any practical skills that may be useful, they will be put to good use. As a volunteer on the Building project, you should be prepared to work hard and get involved in a wide range of tasks.

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.

If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Jamaica.

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