Renowned for having some of the friendliest people, best beaches and most unique scenery in Jamaica (and possibly the world), Negril is a destination that offers a variety of experiences to suit volunteers’ diverse interests. Where else can you dive and snorkel off coral reefs, go horseback riding on a seven mile stretch of beach, cliff-dive into crystalline waters or watch the sunset from the cliff tops at the world famous bar, Rick’s Café?
If you’re looking for contrast, volunteering in Negril will provide it. During the day the magnificent beach is a picture of relaxation (think swinging hammocks and laid-back locals!). At night, it comes alive with thumping dancehall and reggae parties. The West End of Negril offers amazing cliffs and a different vibe altogether. And five minutes from town you’re in the hills amidst the rural community.
Unfortunately the story is not all sun, sand and beach. Dig a little deeper and the community of Negril is poverty-stricken. Volunteering in Negril will expose you to people who are destitute and struggling to find the basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. The lack of access to education and healthcare is also a major concern. Our volunteers in Negril are placed where they are needed most – in community development projects to help feed the homeless, at schools in the classroom as teaching assistants or sports coaches, or visiting an infirmary to help care for the elderly.
With endless opportunities for mixing fun and adventure with a rewarding volunteer experience, be sure to include Negril as part of your volunteer travel itinerary.