Volunteer at an exclusive villa on the north Coast of Jamaica

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  • Last activity: 27 May 2024



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    Hello, greetings from the lovely island of Jamaica.

    Our names are Sofia and Michael and we are both nearly 2 decades in Jamaica. We were once both looking for warmer weather, that´s why we came to the Caribbean. But at the end it was in each case a business opportunity that brought us to the lovely but small island of Jamaica.

    We are photographer (HE) and civil engineer ( SHE) from profession. We are both strict non-smokers and are also only looking for nonsmokers (and that includes Ganja :-) ) to join us here temporarily ( ONE MONTH preferred). We think that we are well educated and we def. also appreciate manners in day-to-day life. We try to be healthy in life and food, love art and sports, nature and excursions/ traveling. Since our place, our venture does not allow us a lot of traveling, we are hoping to welcome people from all over the world and share some time with them. We are open-minded and like to share our experiences we gained here in this long time.

    We live about 10 mins away west from Ocho Rios, on the North Coast of Jamaica. Its a beautiful place, great landscape, lots of lush vegetation, of course a magnificent ocean close by. Our place is in a gated community and quiet and safe. Overall its a great place to live. However, it is not the party hotspot of Jamaica. It might be a little more on the quieter side. Negril and Kingston or also Montego Bay are those places where you find the proper nightlife more than here.

    We both are animal lovers and also rescuers - we love cats and we rescued several, in the hope we would find forever homes for them but somehow they got stuck here :-). They are now like our family since we dont have children. Be prepared for 9 lovely creatures and us :-)...They and we all have our special caracters..

    Our venture is a small exclusive guesthouse that we build and we manage it now. Its our pride and the guests appreciate its unique style and privacy. It is not a hostel, so dont expect checkin-and checkout and a crowd on a daily basis. It might even happen that no guests or very little come in the time that you spend here. Your luck because the pool and the rooftop are then free to use :-)

    We are with workaway pretty much from their beginning ( I think there is a badge somewhere :-) )...so here are a few thoughts about this thing here - we dont have a heavy work load that we position the workawayer in like some other places. We put an emphasis on cooking, but we are not vegan or vegetarian. Our workawayer must be able to handle meat / fish and animal products like milk, eggs etc. Without that, it would be too difficult. We however eat vegetarian meals once we like them.

    We dont want to be seen like parents, which we are anyways not. We like to treat you and be treated on eye-level. We dont like when the workawayer only shows up for "work" or the tasks and disappears otherwise for his/her private enterprises. We also can not accommodate person with a fixed online job on the side either.

    We like to establish a deeper connection and also hang out together. We appreciate extroverted persons, who can also start a conversation from their side.

    Living-wise, we will share a bungalow, our home together, but the workawayer has its own room/bathroom. We dont serve as a cheap hotel for a couple days only ( yes, we got those requests too) and we can not accommodate more than one person in general.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Jamaica - do we need to say more? You benefit being at first on the beautiful island of Jamaica and second, we show you a lot in every day live all spectrums here - from first class to the very simplest ways people live here. We would do some excursions for sure in that time and we take you places and show you around but with open eyes you will also catch up a lot just being here. Despite being expats, we have contacts with the local people and so you get to know them as well.

  • Help


    First off, we like to meet people and this way seems to be a great way to get to meet new people. We like to hear stories about other experiences or where the WORKAWAYER comes from.

    I am not sure if we can really describe it as "work" what the WORKAWAYER would do. We were able to get it going and maintaining it ourselves. But we figured it would be nice to have an extra hand sometime.

    Therefore, we need someone responsible and outgoing to help us here and there in our house with the daily stuff and also in the guesthouse, with the running of the place such as helping with the tourists, fixing the place ready for them, giving them information, maybe checking them in etc. The pool is for use but also maybe requires some easy maintenance work here and there.

    Some animal care maybe involved too as we do have a small "cat shelter" which needs to be taken care of.

    Cooking skills or interest is very highly appreciated as we like to dedicate that task to you, We also like to experience your national dishes that you like to prepare if the items for it are available here. as stated above, you can be vegetarian/ vegan but you MUST be able to handle / cook with meat and fish and be able to deal with egg, milk etc.

    Nothing heavy or rocket science, just more the normal crazy things that come along with the day. Pretty much an allrounder like us :-)

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We live in a beautiful home on the side of the villa and we do have a guestroom accommodation for one WORKAWAYER. It comes with your own bathroom (shower) and so you have a pretty independent room but since you are in our house, you are integrated in our daily life. We trust you with our place and so we will be very careful in selecting the person which will come and stay with us - the longer the better.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This place is pretty well situated in terms of getting to here and from here. Public Transportation is available. Beach is close by; we are open to different food habits, no problem
    Help schedule will be determined upon arrival. We commit to the workaway guidelines with 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

    We take our promises to the workawayers seriously. And we expect that from you too. If you just write to us as a part of many other applications, and we dont get to hear from you again after we reached out to you, we consider this contact as done.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 579414819691

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