Community Farming Project in Jamaica
- Placement location: Manchester Parish
- Role: To assist on local farms with various agricultural tasks
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- 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
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
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.