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Volunteer in the Caribbean

Volunteer in the Caribbean

Dreaming of living the island life and volunteering in the Caribbean? International Volunteer HQ has 16 years experience in providing the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer opportunities in the Caribbean.

Every year, thousands of people from across the globe choose to volunteer in the Caribbean with IVHQ, as it enables them to make an important contribution to a local community or marine ecosystem, while learning from a diverse range of inspiring landscapes, people and cultures. IVHQ offers a variety of impactful volunteer programs in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Belize.

Wondering what Caribbean volunteer work is available? Whether you are interested in teaching, scuba diving, marine conservation, childcare or volunteering with animals, IVHQ has a Caribbean volunteer opportunity for you.

Why volunteer abroad in the Caribbean with IVHQ?

Whether you’re seeking Caribbean mission trips or simply want an easy and affordable way to organize your gap year in the Caribbean, IVHQ’s programs are available year-round and you can volunteer for 1 - 12 weeks. With flexible booking and unlimited free changes, program orientation, 24/7 support, safe accommodation, meaningful volunteer work and everything in-country organized for you, IVHQ is the most trusted volunteer organization in the Caribbean.

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”I cannot express how much I loved my placement; the students and staff have (and will continue to occupy) a very special place in my heart. Every day I spent at my placement school was a highlight; the staff and students there were some of the warmest people I've ever met. I also loved exploring more of beautiful Jamaica with a couple of the other volunteers on the weekend (and particularly loved visiting Laughing Waters beach). I felt very welcomed by the coordinator in Jamaica and felt she gave an apt, helpful and insightful introduction to her country during the orientation talk. It was a fantastic experience; I hope to one day return!”

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Common questions about volunteering in the Caribbean

What volunteer work in the Caribbean does IVHQ offer?

Volunteering in the Caribbean in 2024 or 2025 is an opportunity to make a significant impact during a time of need.

Whether you want to teach English in the Caribbean, volunteer with animals, support environmental or marine conservation, take part in community projects or volunteer with disadvantaged children and youth, IVHQ has volunteer trips to the Caribbean that are suitable for volunteers with a range of skills and experience.

How much does it cost to volunteer in the Caribbean?

IVHQ makes it super easy and affordable to book volunteer trips to the Caribbean. Our fully hosted volunteer programs start from only $395 for 1 week and include accommodation, meals, airport pickup, orientation and comprehensive support services that you won’t find elsewhere.

How to volunteer in the Caribbean

Applying to volunteer in the Caribbean is simple! Once you’ve decided which country you want to travel to and which volunteer project in the Caribbean you would like to join, you can apply. It’s free, only takes a few minutes and there is no commitment needed at this stage. Our team of Volunteer Travel Specialists will then guide you through the next steps to secure your spot and start preparing for your trip.

You can learn more about how to get started here.

What are the best Caribbean mission trips for 2024 & 2025?

IVHQ offers a diverse range of mission trips to the Caribbean. Choose from 4 of the most sought after destinations for your conservation or humanitarian work in the Caribbean:

  • Jamaica - Based in Ochos Rios
  • Puerto Rico - Based in the coastal capital city of San Juan
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Based in Crown Point on the smaller of the two islands, Tobago
  • Belize - Private island off the Caribbean coast of Belize (open to under 18s)

Find out how recent IVHQ volunteer Sarah overcame her fears by volunteering in Belize.

Looking for more mission trips in Latin America and the Caribbean? Check out our volunteer programs in Central America and South America.

Is it safe to volunteer in the Caribbean?

Thousands of IVHQ volunteers travel to the Caribbean every year without encountering any issues. We have a comprehensive approach to managing safety and reducing risks across all of our programs, which gives volunteers the knowledge and confidence they need to stay safe, secure and healthy. This includes:

  • All local teams are trained in volunteer management, are required to undertake first aid training and ensure that programs adhere to IVHQ’s Risk Management Policy.
  • All IVHQ volunteers receive pre-departure and 24/7 in-country support, are required to have travel insurance and are strongly encouraged to take our online pre-departure training which can be accessed for free.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!