I am a mother of two wonderful children who are 16 and 12 years old. My son live with is daddy in Canada right now. 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 7 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 side.
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!!
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
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 7 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:
• FIXING / AMELIORATE
In our new location, we need to fix it to feel totally comfortable
Build, paint, decorate, clean the new bar, house, camping site...
• REFURBISH a old building
In Jamaica, opportunities comes to you when you have a good heart. Indeed, we have a new crazy project that came to us. We are happy to invite you. We need hard workers who have skills in painting ( art or regular painting), decorations, building fournitures, clean land...
We need people with creativity because it's the beginning of something big!!!
We will be building Eartbag cabins. We have to build 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*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️)
• 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 ...
. MOVIE NIGHT
We are suggesting a projection of movie for the community so we need help to cook the hamburgers, hot dog and of course the pop corn.
• 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 2 days free time/holiday
I sometimes, suggest to work more hours in less fans and get more days free to travel.
In the evenings feel free to walk into town, take 45-minute taxi to the beach in Montego Bay, or hang out at 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 (ask if you need it because volunteers left some)/ Blanket (it can get very chilly some nights)
We have a room for 3 but... if full... )
We also have a big tent (ask if you have to bring yours we might have place)
Water Bottle (we might ask you to buy spring wata if tap water don't suit you)
Air mattress / camping mattress ( ask if you need it we might a have some in stock)
Coffee if you are a coffee drinker (as it is very expensive here)
Tobacco if you roll your own cigarettes (its nowhere to be found in Jamaica)
AT THE PROJECT WE NEED:
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Tools for building*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
*️️️️*️️️️Things we need*️️️️*️️️️
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)
Any electrical tools
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 ( its normally 30$US)
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.
If you are interested, reply and include your email and add me on whatsapp always easier to communicate)) 18765655140), I'll send you more info. After receiving the additionals informotion, if you accept wonderful, otherwise please send me a message still if you are not coming.
+++ Very important
Since i started this project i met wonderful people, we actualy still friends and i love it! Others lived with a funny vibes. I will explain, jamaica is different like the entire world. If you travel please be open and please less critics. You come here to learn and share and locals are here to share and learn aswell but the way of doing it have to be respectfully please. If you don't understand something, the best thing is to come see me and we will resolve the problem but going side and talk to the wrong person, very easy a bad enegy can just appear and put the entire group in mystery and the vibe just drop down and trust me it is the worst feeling ever, so lets respect each other. Be the best memory that we will have in the project. Trust me when you here positively, people will talk about you for years with so much love and this is what you want an positive impact!
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
Haitian Creole: Beginner
We have a simple room (cap 3) with outside bathroom that we need to build 😆
Camping site jungle life real life irie vibe
If you have a tent bring it with you to experience nights in nature.
The facilities are simple: we cook together. We clean toguether..
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!
All volunteers go to the river and get their shower (15 min walking)
For a contribution of $5 per day, I provide 3 meals. We will all cook together if i need help, learning traditional recipes from Jamaica and around the world! We share the responsibility of cooking and cleaning. *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️ Some of my volonteers saying they gain weight being here 😄 yes we eat good!
Montego Bay is the main city, around 30-minute drive by taxi. Everything can be found here from beaches and bananas, to banks and buses!! Anchovy (30-minute taxi) 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 in the simple country circumstances we live.
Our home is 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, garden farm and cave tour, Glistening water, skate landing, swimming in the Great river 25 minutes driving. Or Zip lining, bamboo rafting, tubing in Lethe 35 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 30 by bike (we rent bikes), you have the joy of the sea and the entertainment district of Montego Bay.
Being with us is definitely the place to be!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours/ day 5 days a week
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