Ready for an explosive international volunteer experience—the safe kind? Then it’s no wonder you’re drawn to the little British island of Montserrat in the Caribbean. Active volcanoes shoulder up to beaches and jungles here, and the too-die-for shades of blue surrounding the island are enough to make any visitor want to stay awhile. So, what are you waiting for? Kick ash and give back as a volunteer in Montserrat!
Hurricane Irma and Maria Response Efforts
One hundred and sixty mile per hour winds and rain are positively devastating—but even more so if you’re a small, vulnerable island in the middle of the Caribbean. In September of 2017, Montserrat was struck by Hurricane Maria after already suffering under Hurricane Irma’s force.
Montserratians are no stranger to disaster (their volcanoes erupted like mad in the late 90s), but the scale of the hurricane’s impact is catastrophic, which is where you come in.
As the Montserratians begin to rebuild paradise, more volunteers are needed to aid in redevelopment. You can contribute to construction and building projects, as well as cleaning debris or improving infrastructure. At this point, many international aid teams are already on the ground, doing their best everyday to improve the situation. You can contribute by volunteering in disaster relief directly on the island, or by sending funds to organizations that are currently serving there.
Other Ways to Volunteer in Montserrat
If a considerable amount of time has passed since September 2017 and you’re still curious about volunteer opportunities in Montserrat, consider these popular projects outside of emergency response work.
Tourism volunteering. Montserrat tourism industry is growing slowly but surely—though the volcanoes tend to scare off the easily fearful, those who brave the island enjoy unique coral sediments, incredibly lush vegetation, and interesting black sand beaches to catch the sun. You can support local organizations aimed at sustainability and environmentalism as a volunteer in Montserrat.
Language teaching. While English is natively taught on the island, there is always a need for volunteers with different English accents to complement the learning already taking place. Bring your creativity and energy to the classroom and further ignite young people's’ interest in maintaining their studies.
That’s a Wrap!
While Montserrat might not be the first destination that comes to mind when do-gooders weigh their volunteer abroad options, the need there is still great, and the welcome party unmatched.