What will I do at my Disaster Management placement in Jamaica?
Our Disaster Management Project is located in Manchester Parish and St. Elizabeth Parish, and you’ll work with local NGOs and communities. Below are some of the tasks you will do:
- Make public education programs about disaster management
- Help to train students, teachers, and community groups in basic disaster management
- Develop evacuation plans and prepare and coordinate drills and evacuation strategies
- Facilitate a recycling initiative at elementary schools
- Plan and coordinate workshops and exhibitions in communities to raise awareness
At your Disaster Management placement in Jamaica, your work will focus on the following areas:
Make public education programs about disaster management
You will create and present programs teaching local schools, businesses, and communities about possible disaster scenarios and the impact that these could have on their lives. You will also share knowledge on how they can be properly prepared in times of crisis. Although we focus on all types of disasters, natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes happen most frequently in Jamaica, so our emphasis will be on preparing for these.
Help to train students, teachers, and community groups in basic disaster management
It is very important that people in each community are able to take charge in times of crisis. They need to be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage disasters, should they arise. You will create disaster plans and teach local people how to prepare for different disasters.
Develop evacuation plans and prepare and coordinate drills and evacuation strategies
You will assist with creating comprehensive evacuation plans for schools and community centers. You will also coordinate drills in order for people to practice implementing these plans.
Facilitate a recycling initiative at elementary schools
Part of our Disaster Management Project involves teaching local communities to respect and look after the natural environment.
You will help with:
- Facilitating recycling initiatives at elementary schools
- Teaching children to think more about where trash goes
- Teaching children not to litter, and to appreciate the environment around them
Planning and coordinating workshops and exhibitions in communities to build awareness
As this project is always lacking enough personnel to carry out its goals, you will assist with running workshops to teach locals how to be prepared for disasters. You will also take part in campaigns aimed at raising awareness about the seriousness of such disasters.
Where in Jamaica will I work?
The Disaster Management Project is located in Mandeville, Manchester Parish, and St. Elizabeth Parish. You’ll live with a local host family in Mandeville or Black River.
This is an administrative parish located in west-central Jamaica, in the county of Middlesex. Its capital is Mandeville, the largest town in Manchester Parish. There are many disadvantaged communities in this area, and there is a desperate need for better infrastructure in many parts.
St. Elizabeth Parish
This is one of Jamaica's largest parishes, located in the southwest of the island. Its capital, Black River, is situated at the mouth of the Black River, the widest river on the island. Black River is the center of environmental tourism.
You will work in and around these areas, and will have the opportunity to explore and travel on weekends. In general, Jamaica is a lush, mountainous island with turquoise beaches, pounding waterfalls, and exciting hiking trails. You will have a chance to visit the Bob Marley museum, explore markets, and relax on beautiful beaches.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
When you think of the tropical Caribbean, Jamaica is one of the first countries that comes to mind. With its white-sand beaches and vibrant culture, this island nation has a lot to offer. It’s an amazing location to volunteer in, and explore during your free time.
The local cuisine is definitely worth trying, with tasty dishes like Jamaican patties and jerk chicken. You can enjoy these at seaside restaurants and then head down to the sea for a cooling swim in the ocean.
With a rich culture and friendly locals, exploring markets and museums is a must-do. Visiting the famous Bob Marley Museum in Kingston makes for an enlightening weekend trip. While you’re there, you can also tour Fort Charles and the National Heroes Park.
There will be other volunteers working on different projects in Jamaica while you’re there. This means you can choose to explore independently or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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