I am a mother of two wonderful children who are 15 and 10 years old. I used to sing, dance and produce shows while living in Montreal, Canada. Coming from a family of artists, I don't need to tell you that music is very important in our lives.
My other passion is to work with people and especially kids. I worked as a social worker with teenage girls and helped them to find jobs, to do their homework, building up self-esteem, self-confidence, solving daily problems & working through chores, give positive energy and help them find what’s important for their life.
More than 5 years ago we decided to leave Montreal and move closer to nature, to seek what's important in our lives... understanding REAL freedom, family and the importance of community...back to the roots. In Jamaica, we now live peacefully near Anchovy city, a small community in the country.
We love life and the people it allows us to meet. Our place is a home of honesty, love, respect, and listening.
We hope you visit our home and become a part of our growing international family!!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You will learn the real Jamaican life, the difficulties, the simplicity and more.
And we offer lots of love and smiles and a real Jamaican experience with local food directly in the community.
If you are a party person, our very own Z bar is made for you, especially at nights. There you can socialize with fellow workers, tourists and locals. If you are more of a relaxed person, the ambiance will be as enjoyable, as you can stay on the site read, contemplate stars, sit at a fireside, sleep, hang your hammock etc.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
The first project I created was 5 years ago in a different location, with the idea to connect the simple Jamaican country lifestyle with community work, beautiful nature, and tourism. Since then, I’ve worked hard to bring the real Jamaica to tourists while supporting local farmers and the community, and give volunteers the time of their lives!
Since then, we recruited community members, former volunteers, guests and friends from all over the world to help continue this idea in the NEW project now located near Anchovy city.
But since I'm starting again, the project is only a few months old and needs a lot of help… that’s where YOU come in!
TYPE OF HELP NEEDED:
We have to build bamboo teepees, build the outdoor toilet and shower, and keep the place fresh and exciting! There are lots of crazy machines and materials to recycle so bring your tools and creativity.
I have many ideas which I just need help to be made real. Tree houses, outdoor kitchen, chill out area, furniture, decorations… Everything is made by hand with as many natural resources we can find.
We want to be creative together!
(*️️Please see packing list below as we are very short on tools for building and please bring what you can*️️)
We have a small bar at the property, creating a spot to hang out with locals and other visitors, as well as helping to support the project. Every Friday night we need help running the bar and hosting get-togethers: serving drinks, decorating, new bar furniture…
• RUN A GUESTHOUSE
To help fund the project we also have a guestroom, dorm-room and tree tent accommodation available for visitors. I need help cleaning the room, sheets, and cooking meals for these paying guests.
• LANGUAGE TEACHING
I am also looking for teachers in languages (no need to be a professional) several inhabitants of my new district requested it; Spanish, French Italian ...
• LOCAL EVENTS
I also organize several activities as group outings for locals who do not really leave their Parish; produce the advertisements, organize the outings, plan the transport, entertain the guests, accompany them during the excursions ...
• KIDS ACTIVITIES
I also have fun days for children where we will have to organized games for them; relay race, makeup … If you are experienced with kids let me know and I can organize before you arrive.
• ART TEACHING
Persons who can teach art or are good in that field are needed as well.
We are in association with a neighbouring teaching school, so we want to offer services for both our business and the school. Creative minds and people who are able to make crafty objects would be great too.
It's a lot you will say, not at all. We don't do anything without having fun. It's always the party here!!!
ALL VOLUNTEERS WELCOME:
Everyone is welcome, I need all kind of skilled and willing workers. I don't just want to take qualified workers because I think we all learn from each other and every person will bring something new and good into the project.
If you have any random skills let me know and we can get you started on all types of work around the project.
WEEKENDS / FREE TIME:
After your 5 days of work, you will get a free time/holiday on the weekends.
In the evenings feel free to walk into town, take 30-minute taxi to the beach in Montego Bay, or hang out at Z-Bar with the locals... Then on the weekends you can travel around Jamaica, go to beaches, visit attractions etc. We can also organize tours for you. When there are many workers you can organize trips as a group, which means more fun and less spending.
Sleeping Bag / Blanket (it can get very chilly some nights)
Tent (if you have)
Air mattress / camping mattress
Coffee if you are a coffee drinker (as it is very expensive here and we can’t afford to provide that yet)
Tobacco if you roll your own cigarettes (its nowhere to be found in Jamaica)
AT THE PROJECT WE NEED:
*️️️️*️️️️Tools for building*️️️️*️️️️
Cups and bowls
Old Phone/IPhone with SIM
Telescope (since we move to our new site, the stars are prettier)
Boxing gloves (we want to build a boxing ring for as an activity for the kids)
Feel free to suggest things you think of bringing, trust me anything is appreciated in Jamaica.
IMPORTANT INFO FOR YOUR ARRIVAL:
I can organise a taxi to pick you up from Montego Bay airport. Let me know before arrival to schedule and I will let you know the cost.
Starting on the day of arrival you will be on probation for 5 days if there is something that does not please us, such as your attitude, your behaviour, work not done, etc. we will kindly ask you to leave our project - but we'll help you find something else in the same city or elsewhere.
With all the neighbouring communities, the volunteers and love and respect for one another we want to build something great so we can show the world what a beautiful country Jamaica is.
I look forward to meeting you!!
Feel free to contact us for further Information
English, French, Jamaican patois, Haitian creole, a little Spanish
We have a big house where I live upstairs with my family, and volunteers live downstairs. We have a lot of space but only a few real beds right now. This is why I ask everyone to bring a sleeping mattress and sleeping bag, as it can get chilly at night.
We have also now made a new campsite at the project! Bring a tent for more comfort, privacy, and to experience a night in nature.
The facilities are simple: we cook together in a shared kitchen, volunteers have their own bathroom, sink and veranda chill out area. We must all help to keep the place clean and tidy and make it a home together.
Water is often a challenge for us in the country side – please understand that a long hot shower like you are used to will not be possible here. We must share the water for the group and recycle rain water at all times!
For a contribution of $5 per day, I provide all of your meals. We will all cook together, learning traditional recipes from Jamaica and around the world! We share the responsibility of cooking and cleaning. *️️*️️ Unfortunately, clean drinking water is not available from the main water source so volunteers will need to buy your own bottled water.
Montego Bay is the main city, around 20-minute drive by taxi. Everything can be found here from beaches and bananas, to banks and buses!! Anchovy (20-minute walk) is our closest town: very small and friendly with just a few essentials shops for groceries, WiFi and ATM. This will be your home away from home and a nice place to make local friends.
*️️Because the project is located in rural Jamaica some city comforts like - internet, TV, everything walking distance, easy access to drinking water – are not available. Please understand before you arrive the simple country circumstances we live.
Ours is a home to disconnect from stresses of normal daily life, and reconnect with nature and simple living
Here we are surrounded by goats, cows, rabbits, laying hens and other animals. We wish to have more and create a pleasant environment for them.
We are also 'in the bush' - the true nature of Jamaica. There are many bugs that share our daily lives. With bug spray and a good attitude, they are not a problem!
Our business is located here in the district - a paradise. Located in the mountains in the parish of St James in Jamaica. Here you will be able to do several activities and have tours like Mayfield falls, weed and garden farm tour, Glistening water, skate landing, swimming in the Great river 15 minutes driving. Or Zip lining, bamboo rafting, tubing in Lethe 25 min from us. Not too far away, you have the birds sanctuary where birds are fly free and you can feed them. Closer still, we have the Animal Farm where you could see several animals.
15 minutes by car or 25 by bike, you have the joy of the sea and the entertainment district of Montego Bay.
Being with us is definitely the place to be!
More than two
5 hours/ day 5 days a week
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