V2 Volunteer & Vacation
V2 Volunteer & Vacation Programs
Take part in a 15-day immersion placement in Jamaica or Tobago through V2! Whether you’re a professional or a student, volunteer on a unique project and gain hands-on experience...
V2 Volunteer & Vacation Reviews
V2 all the way!
Submitted by Shodona | December 01, 2016
My volunteer and vacation experience in Tobago was a great way to combine my passion for international development, travel and the Americas. From the get-go everything ran smoothly- airport pickup, accommodation in a superb villa with pool and dining in beach side restaurants!
The primary school volunteer placement was an eye opener into the Trinidadian education sector. I had the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and lead my own classes. The teachers were supportive and the children ready and eager to learn.
Tobago is a wonderful country with great beaches, food and people. Jade, our Coordinator, ensured that our experience was a positive one. She organised an island tour, boat trip, hike through the rainforest and scaling up the Argyle waterfall, among many other activities.
I’m looking forward to my next V2 adventure!
V2 Equine Therapy Placement
Submitted by Hannah - N/A | November 29, 2016
My 2 week placement at Healing/Being With Horses was so much more than I could have expected. Throughout the week different organisations bring children and adults with varying disabilities to use the facilities at Healing With Horses. These are free sessions and rely heavily upon volunteers to provide a safe environment for the people who use them. I got to work with young adults who had mild to severe learning difficulties, we groomed the horses, mucked out, watered them and then they had the chance to sit on and ride one of the horses in turns. I also had the opportunity to work with the children from the Tobago School for the Deaf, the children were more loving and compassionate than you could imagine and were desperate to show you how they could bounce on the trampolines, dig in the gardens, plait the ponies and how fast they could run round the obstacle course. It was so lovely to see them enjoying themselves and really working together to help each other around, particularly with children who also had physical disabilities.
Veronika and Lennon, the founders, are the most inspiring people, I learnt so much about their practises with the horses, how they go out most days and rake grass from the golf course to provide the hay, the amount of care and attention they provide for all the children. At the end of my placement, I was invited on a trek along the beach, bareback riding with jus a head collar, followed by a photographer and swimming with the horses, walking through the mangroves and just generally enjoying going out with the whole herd.
I also got to take a trip across to Trinidad for an awareness event for one of the sponsors, we worked with the mounted police to provide rides for children, sold t-shirts and gave out leaflets. Whilst in Tobago we went on a road trip and also went out to try the street food. Back in Tobago we regularly went to the beach, trying local food, fully immersed in the local culture and also testing out the nightlife.
Overall the experience was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Program: Equine Therapy Internship
Best vacation ever with a feel good factor
Submitted by Annette Bonneau - London United Kingdom | November 28, 2016
I was very hesitant to go on my own to Tobago even though I have travelled extensively. I was very impressed with the whole set up from the get go. The team were very professional and actually cared about our well being whilst on the program. I would love to go again and am planning my next experience already. It exceeded my expectations without a doubt and I can honestly say I loved every minute of the experience! I felt so good and positive leaving as I felt I had done my bit for the animals in an amazing place. I would recommend it to anyone over 50 wanting a new challenge and to do some good at the same time.
Program: Veterinary Medicine in Tobago
Best trip ever!
Submitted by Jo - Charlotte United States | November 22, 2016
My experience with V2 was the most memorable experience I have had thus far in my 29yr of living! I have traveled out of the country many times and to the Caribbean many times but this was by far the best. Not only was my host Jade exceptional, the entire experience she provided was exceptional. The villa was SUPER clean which is always a plus for a clean freak like me! She too us around the island to visit some of its most attractive and catchy spots. She made sure that we had a good time. The best part for me was the experience in the schools. I was only able to visit once this time but I loved the pleasant spirit the children and staff had and the exceptional minds of the young children. They were truly a job to be around and I cannot wait to go back to see them again!
Making a real impact in paradise
Submitted by Sian - Leeds United Kingdom | November 20, 2016
I worked in a local primary school, focusing on identifying the specific needs for children with reading difficulties. In just two weeks I was able to provide insight in to the issues the children were facing in completing their school work. The school, teachers and, of course, V2 staff were so supportive and really valued the experience and time I was able to dedicate to the children. Together, I believe we have made a real impact of the future of these children.
The experience is only improved by being located on the beautiful paradise island of Tobago in the Caribbean. The island - which feels very much like Trinidad's holiday home - has a party atmosphere but also feels very safe. The scenery is stunningly beautiful with white sand beaches and clear blue seas. Above all, the people are so friendly and welcoming.
I couldn't have asked for a better experience from V2!