The Caribbean is one of the most beautiful areas of the world to visit with spectacular islands, warm weather, white sandy beaches and lots of activities on offer. This region is usually known as a luxury travel destination but there are options for all budgets - from exploring on a tour or just kicking back and relaxing at a resort. You can apply to volunteer in the Caribbean, we have some rewarding community and conservation projects where you can escape the resorts and do something beneficial to local people, animals and the environment. View our featured volunteer & travel opportunities today.
The following countries make up the Caribbean region:
The Caribbean is a really spectacular area of the world with paradise beaches and crystal clear seas. However, the character of the islands varies greatly, from relatively flat and non-volcanic landscapes on islands such as Barbados and Antigua to dramatic, rugged landscapes on other constituent islands of the Caribbean. There are so many adventures available to thrill seeking tourists with dramatic rugged spots throughout the region, so those looking for their ‘mountain-top experience’ can choose to escape the beach and join trekking, hiking and adventure tours in the Caribbean. Whichever islands are included in your Caribbean experience, choose carefully if you would like to see the grandeur and beauty of these towering island giants. To really splash out on your trip go with an established operator we have listed on our website and for whatever type of holiday you opt for; try to fit in at least one mountaintop experience.
The highest mountain in the Caribbean can be found in the Dominican Republic on the Island of Hispaniola. Pico Duarte rises 3,098m above sea level, and forms part of the Cordillera Central range on the island. Climbed for the first time in 1851, the mountain is accessible to fit walkers, and is easiest to access from the town of La Cienega, from which point the summit is just over 23km away, and with just under 2,000m to climb. Mount Pelee on the island of Martinique is an active volcano, and forms the highest point on the island. The volcano’s last eruption, in 1902, is considered to have been the worst disaster involving any volcano in the 20th century, with 30,000 people losing their lives. The volcano is now considered quiescent, and scientists know what warning signs the mountain will display before another major eruption.
Plan a gap year in the Caribbean and explore paradise! Don't just dream about it, set sail for Caribbean for a life changing experience. The Caribbean is one of those ‘dream’ destinations for many, which many people take a cruise around the region which the ultimate luxury for those wishing to explore the many islands that make up the group. However there are some gap year programs available where you can stay longer than a normal holiday or just explore on an organised group trip.
Apply to volunteer in the beautiful Caribbean, you will get to experience a stunning area of the world and help make a difference to local people, the environment and wildlife. Volunteer holidays in the Caribbean are becoming increasingly popular where you can escape the tourist resorts and give back. Although this region of the world is popular with tourists seeking sun and sport activities, there are so many rewarding and worthwhile local projects which need assistance. You can also join marine conservation projects in the Caribbean, expect stunningly beautiful beaches, hot weather and amazing resorts.
How to Apply
You can search projects or organisations and apply to volunteer in the Caribbean today. If you haven't pre-booked a project you can find some free and low cost opportunities once in-country, a lot of hotels offer educational awareness programs for tourists where you can see efforts being made to protect sea turtles. There are opportunities to help too with activities like beach cleans up - these are fun ways for you and your whole family to get involved. You can also practise responsible tourism and pick up and litter you see which also helps.
No previous experience is required for general placements but you must be willing to work hard and want to make a difference. Usually organisations will require you to be aged 18+ but there are family projects available and specific trips for 16-17 year olds and families. Some organiations charge a sign up fee to volunteer in the Caribbean region, on these placements you usually get a structured experience including
Not everyone benefits from the luxury tourism and many people and communities live in poor housing and conditions. Some organisations work to improve living standards and improve facilities and infrastructure. These programs can be booking in advance and are organised in groups throughout the year.
The caribbean is a spectacular region of the world to live and work in, but because of tourism and also human population growth there is a really present need to protect the environment, nature and wildlife. You could be working on marine based research projects helping exotic animals like sharks, whales and sea turtles. Education and awareness is a big part of these programs and now more and more hotels and local communities are getting involved in efforts to help animals. For example some hotels have special areas for turtle nesting season and have information available for tourists about how to not cause any damage. You can get involved these in projects, either through hotels or by booking a program through our website.