Building in Jamaica Alternative Spring Break Trip
- Placement location: 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
- Arrival Airport: Kingston (KIN) or Montego Bay (MBJ)
- Local Languages: Patois & English
Throughout the parish of Manchester many local schools 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, as well as ensure that schools have running water. There are 40 schools in the region that need this type of upgrade and this project will benefit hundreds of children.
In Jamaica, you will 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 is crucial and will result in improving the learning environment of children in need. No construction experience is required, just a desire to work hard and lend a hand where it is needed.
You may also get the chance to be 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 on the Building project live with local host families in Mandeville, a lively town in the rolling hills of south-western Jamaica. At the end of the week you will be rewarded for your hard work with a trip to the beach or a refreshing waterfall.
If you have time you can do this project for a second week at the regular 2-week trip price.
The whole experience was truly amazing. In a short period of time, I got to understand the meaning of the Jamaican motto “out of many, one people”. No matter who we are or where we are from we can still come together for a common purpose, helping people in need because we really are “one people”. Read more...