Youth Work in Saint Lucia

Project Description: 

On the glorious island of Saint Lucia which is justly famous for its sun and sea holidays, not everyone is able to benefit from tourism.

Many of the island's young people are disadvantaged - marginalised through special needs, social deprivation or failure by the traditional education system.

C.A.R.E. (The Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education) was established in April 1993 to help disadvantaged St. Lucian youths to take control of their lives through a programme geared towards the promotion of self empowerment by providing life skills, vocational and basic education in a nurturing and safe environment.

These young people find themselves ill equipped for life and are unable to find employment. Others get hooked on drugs and/or turn to violence. Failure is very much part of their lives and, as a result of this lack of self confidence, many radiate hostility and lack trust - they feel that no-one listened to them. 

C.A.R.E works with young people between the ages of 12 and 20. There are several centres throughout theisland, and the volunteer programme is based in the Anse La Raye centre.

A large variety of volunteers' skills and abilities will be welcomed by the directors and staff of this local education charity. The following skills are needed to support the dedicated staff in their work supporting, training and preparing school drop-outs for a worthwhile future:

  • * teaching - remedial English and maths, particularly practical
  • * special needs educators, especially those experienced in autistic spectrum disorders including Aspergers Syndrome and/or those with specific learning difficulties
  • * drama teachers and coaches
  • * IT and web skills
  • * clinical psychologists, therapists, counsellors
  • * youth workers
  • * practical skills - electronics and carpentry
  • * life skills
  • * small-business skills

The highly professional and dedicated staff also need help to build their own capacity - organisational, accounting, marketing and human resources practitioners will be welcomed to help.

Saint Lucia - young beneficiaries
Timeline: 

This programme runs year round, with breaks over the Christmas period and during the height of the summer.

Minimum 4-week plcement duration - longer placements will also be welcomed

Volunteers work a 5ay week, Monday through Friday

Accommodations: 

You will live in a comfortable homestay within a short bus ride of your project. 

You will have your own large and airy.  room with plenty of storage space and work space. 
Breakfast and supper will be provided, together with a packed lunch when needed.
You will have a private shower room and lavatory.
There are facilities for you to do your own laundry or you can arrange for your homestay mother to do this for you at a minimal charge.

Local small hotel accommodation can be arranged at additional cost.

Cost: 

From $2630 USD for 4 weeks, based on hnmestay accommodation

Longer placements are welcome and additional weeks are costed at a sliding reducing rate - please ask for details

For details of how and where your money is spent, please see the relevant project page.

This Cost Covers...: 

Included: 

airport transfers onm arrival and departure, full board in a private room in a well appointed local home, full local orientation, social event, local SIM card / cell phone, project & placement liaison, project donation that will be used for the purchase of essential equipment for the project.

Not included: 

flights, insurance, visa costs if applicable, daily travel to project (local bus fares are approx 7 USD per day), personal expenses such as phone calls, medical expenses, etc

Best Suited For...: 

Individuals, couples or small groups over the age of majority with appropriate skills or experience

Volunteers will need to be reasonably fit - Saint Lucia has steep hills