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Women's Empowerment Volunteering in Trinidad and Tobago

Women's Empowerment Volunteering in Trinidad and Tobago

Want to support gender equality as a Women’s Empowerment volunteer in Trinidad and Tobago? Globally, some progress on women’s rights has been achieved, however; work still needs to be done in order to achieve gender equality. International Volunteer HQ’s Women’s Empowerment project is an opportunity for open-minded and compassionate volunteers to help women from the local community up-skill and become self-sufficient. You’ll be supported by local staff, but an intermediate level of Spanish is encouraged, as there is a large population of Spanish speaking immigrants whom this placement works with locally.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Affordable fees from £514 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast only, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help local and migrant women up-skill and become self-sufficient

  • Enjoy Tobago’s gorgeous beaches and abundance of nature

  • Stay in volunteer apartments with other volunteers Crown Point

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Key information

Empower women & help them up-skill
Based with an NGO in Crown Point
Stay in volunteer apartments
Volunteers aged 18+
Fully hosted experience from £514 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 4 weeks
Waterfall, island and other tours available
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Open-minded volunteers who care about equal opportunities and want to make a difference in the lives of women in Trinidad and Tobago. Experience in business, health, teaching, and an intermediate level of Spanish is advantageous.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Volunteers support a local NGO that supports women who have varying levels of trauma, as a result of trafficking, abusive relationships and personal trauma. The aim of this NGO is to support women (and their children) by providing clothing, food, housing solutions, and to help them develop life skills to help them start over as independent members of society.

The NGO works in four key areas, which volunteers can get involved in, including:

  • Sustainable agriculture through a food garden aimed at improving nutrition
  • A thrift store where clothing is sorted and distributed
  • Developing life skills through education and personal skill development
  • Administration such as grant and proposal writing, social media management and other administrative tasks to support the running of the NGO
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful and sustainable world. Nearly 60% of women work in the informal economy, which puts them at greater risk of falling into poverty. Education and long-term employment opportunities are key to combating this.

Why do Women's Empowerment volunteering in Crown Point with IVHQ?

When you volunteer with women in Trinidad and Tobago you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Enabling women to develop new skills in a safe place
  • Helping tackle gender inequalities and promote independence
  • Gaining experience in women’s empowerment and education
  • Developing your communication and Spanish skills
  • Immersing yourself in Caribbean culture
  • Discovering the natural beauty of Tobago

Volunteer requirements

  • Speaking Spanish is an asset (but not a strict requirement) at this placement, as you’ll be working with many Spanish speaking migrant women.
  • To join the Women’s Empowerment project, volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers under the age of 18 can join one of the other projects on IVHQ’s Trinidad and Tobago program.
  • All volunteers must have a clear criminal background check.
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance.
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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21 Mar 2024

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02 Feb 2024

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Location

The IVHQ Trinidad and Tobago volunteer program is based in Crown Point, a small coastal village on the island of Tobago. This is the smaller of the Twin Islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

The island of Tobago is known for its stunning white sand beaches, turquoise waters, abundance of wildlife, and delicious seafood. The island is mainly untouched by mass tourism, making it an amazing place to reconnect with nature. There are more than 260 species of birds on the island, a diverse range of vibrant coral reefs to explore, and an abundance of waterfalls and rainforest you can hike through.

Crown Point is where orientation and general administration is carried out by our local team. Volunteer placements are between 15 - 30 minutes on public transportation from our program location.

Arrival and orientation

The Trinidad and Tobago Program has available start dates on the second and fourth Monday of each month, and volunteers can choose from a duration of 1 - 4 weeks.

We ask that you arrive at A.N.R. Robinson International Airport the Sunday prior to your start date. Your airport pickup is included in your program fee, and the local team can provide a pickup anytime on Sunday. The airport is approximately 15 minutes from the volunteer accommodation.

Orientation is provided by our Trinidad and Tobago team and begins first thing Monday morning. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Trinidad and Tobago – an introduction to the country, Trinidad and Tobago customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.

Your volunteer placement will begin the following day (Tuesday).

Volunteer schedule example

First day

You will be taken to your placement by a local team member and introduced to the placement staff.

Weekdays

You may have a morning or afternoon shift, or both, and can expect to work a minimum of 3 hours, Monday through Friday. Please note that the schedule below is an example schedule only. Start time and daily workload depends on your chosen project. A typical daily schedule would be as follows:

7:30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.
8:00 AM Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project.
12:00 PM Break for lunch.
1:00 PM Work at the placement commences if you have been assigned with an afternoon shift.
3:30 PM You are free to travel back to the volunteer house to relax, go sightseeing or do some shopping.

Weekends

With weekends free, you’ll be able to explore all that Tobago and neighboring islands have to offer, including the country’s distinctive food, music and culture.

Weekends can be spent exploring Tobago, island hopping or joining an add-on tour. The local team will also have great recommendations for things to see and do locally, which they will discuss with volunteers as part of orientation.

Accommodation and WiFi

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Crown Point while enjoying the comforts of our two-story volunteer apartment. Nestled within walking distance of picturesque local beaches and a variety of authentic Tobagonian eateries, the accommodation offers a cozy and communal living space beyond your volunteer duties.

Expect to share a bedroom with 1 to 2 fellow volunteers. While bedrooms are typically gender-specific, mixed-gender arrangements may be necessary during peak program times. If this arrangement does not suit you, alternative accommodations can be arranged. Each bedroom is furnished with single beds and provided with clean linens weekly.

Within the apartment, you’ll find a shared living area, a bathroom, air conditioning, reliable Wi-Fi, and a fully equipped kitchen for communal meals and gatherings. The accommodation is cleaned twice weekly, with volunteers responsible for maintaining their personal spaces.

For those seeking added privacy and comfort, you can inquire about the private studio apartment upgrade, featuring a king bed, air conditioning, private bathroom, and kitchen facilities, available for an additional fee, but subject to availability. Pre and post-program accommodations can also be arranged upon request. Please ask your IVHQ Program Manager for more details.

Stay connected during your stay by bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card upon arrival in Trinidad and Tobago. Our local team will assist you with this during your Program Orientation, ensuring you have seamless communication throughout your volunteer experience. Additionally, Wi-Fi is provided at your volunteer accommodation for your convenience.

Laundry facilities are not available on-site, but can be accessed in town (approximately 15 minutes driving) at a cost of approximately £4 ($40TNT) per load.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with light breakfast items in a self-serve manner each day, which include toast, cereal, tea, coffee and creamer. You are welcome to purchase your own groceries to supplement these items for your personal preferences.

Volunteers are responsible for their own lunch and dinner each day. You will have access to your own kitchen in the accommodation, and groceries can be purchased locally so you can prepare your own meals. There are a few restaurants within walking distance of the accommodation if you’d prefer to eat out. We recommend budgeting around US$10 - 30 per meal if you choose to eat at a local restaurant or cafe.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week $620 Equivalent to $89/day
2 weeks $1,020 Equivalent to $73/day
3 weeks $1,385 Equivalent to $66/day
4 weeks $1,729 Equivalent to $62/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately £272) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Trinidad and Tobago generally find US$200 - $300 per week to be sufficient for additional expenses.
  • Light breakfast supplies
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Transport to and from your placement each day
  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

Free-time experiences & tours in Crown Point

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Crown Point! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Crown Point program.

Buccoo Reef & Nylon Pool Tour
Buccoo Reef & Nylon Pool Tour

Join us for an exploration of Tobago’s coastal treasures that promises memories to last a lifetime!

£39
Tobago Full Day Island Adventure
Tobago Full Day Island Adventure

Explore the island of Tobago in a single day!

£119

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Capital Port of Spain
Population 1,412,090 country population
Languages English
Currency Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TT$)
Time zone UTC-4:00

Weather and climate

The climate of Trinidad and Tobago is tropical, with high relative humidity. The coolest months are December to February, when the average minimum temperature ranges from lows of 71 °F (22°C) and highs of 86 °F (30°C). The warmest months are August to October, which have an average maximum temperature of about 89 °F (32 °C).

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