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JTB adds dedicated volunteer initiative page to website

Plan a wedding, an adventure tour, and now, volunteer, on Jamaica Tourist Board's official website, VisitJamaica.com.

The JTB has added a dedicated page to its website for visitors who desire to volunteer during their vacation trip to the island. Visitors can now easily plan volunteer experiences through this voluntourism initiative. The combination of voluntary service with the traditional elements of a vacation has become increasingly popular in Jamaica and the website page is in response to this growing trend. The first of its kind in the Caribbean, the webpage offers a database of faith, health, and education-based volunteer programmes, with more categories to appear as they become available.

"The Jamaica Tourist Board is focused on allowing our visitors to have an enriching experience while they vacation on the island," said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's director of tourism. "While our Jamaican people will surely benefit from the assistance of altruistic travellers, we hope that they take home an experience of a lifetime and share the celebrated Jamaican spirit and warmth with their friends and family."

From the home page of  VisitJamaica.com, visitors can go to the 'Feel the Vibe' tab and click 'Volunteer in Jamaica'. There are a host of activities for travellers to choose from, along with an FAQ section and guide to volunteering in Jamaica.

A sampling of volunteer opportunities includes: Girls' Brigade is one of the available programmes that travellers can integrate into their trip to Kingston. Volunteers will participate in empowerment sessions with girls, imparting values and principles which equip them for the future. To find out about available opportunities, email girlsbrigadeja@yahoo.com.

The health-based volunteer programme, Angels of Love, provides voluntary services for critically ill, underprivileged children of Jamaica. Whether it is a visit to the hospital to play with the children or helping plan a fundraising event, visitors are encouraged to donate some of their time. Email angelsofloveja@gmail.com for more information.

Children First is an organisation that caters to the needs of children through education. Volunteers can participate by helping out at the youth wellness centre, the mobile health clinic, or through a variety of empowerment and educational programs. Please email kidz@cwjamaica.com for more information on opportunities to help.

For further information on volunteering in Jamaica, please visit http://www.visitjamaica.com/Volunteer. 

 

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