Nature lovers' Paradise!
Buccoo Bay, Tobago
1 to 4 weeks
Volunteer in Tobago
Tobago is a stone’s throw away from the Caribbean coast of Venezuela, boasting a biodiverse tropical rainforest and an array of activities for those who love the outdoors and adventure. While Trinidad is known for its carnival and vibrant nightlife, Tobago has a more laid-back vibe- think; go slow.
The twin-island republic of ‘TnT’ has enjoyed socio-economic success from the oil and gas sectors making it one of the wealthiest Caribbean nations, but not everyone in society has reaped the benefits. Your skills and expertise in Tobago can really make a difference to the lives of locals who are in need of assistance to develop their communities and entrepreneurial endeavors.
I felt so relaxed in Tobago and loved working in the school helping with extra-curricular activities. It was great to have time to go to the beach and eat doubles after class! The combination of volunteering and vacationing is well-balanced and I’d love to do it again.
Christine Martin, 2017
Animal Care & Veterinary Medicine
Provide love and attention to abandoned, neglect and injured animals mainly dogs. Volunteers with veterinary training assist local vets with medical procedures and treatments.
Teaching & Kindergarten
Contribute to the design of teaching activities to primary school children. You will play an active role in sharing, learning and caring for children at local schools. Volunteers can choose to work with children aged 3-12 years old.
Create your own project
Whether as a group or solo get creative and develop your own opportunity! Set up a workshop, organize a health fair or run a sports camp, the choice is yours! Enjoy your tailor-made volunteering experience.
- Be part of a process of change by supporting local organisations in achieving success
- Immerse in local culture, learn how to cook and dance, sample exotic flavors and rhythms
- Make lifelong friends and connect with the local culture and people
- Discover the local way! Explore local attractions and off the beaten track hot spots
Music & Vibes
Trinidad and Tobago are home to the largest Caribbean Carnival, the steel pan drum, calypso and soca music. You’re bound to hear vibrant sounds of this music whether you are ‘liming’ with your fellow volunteers at the beach or at the Sunday School street party!
If you don’t eat a roti, doubles or curried crab and dumplings in Tobago, have you really been there? These popular street food snacks and dishes are a foodies’ delight. The Trinbagonian gastronomy is a wondrous blend of African, Chinese and European flavours that together produce a true Caribbean taste.
Beaches, Rivers & Mountains
Truly you are in Paradise while in Tobago. You can trek through the untamed forest, visit spectacular waterfalls, bask in nature reserves and retreat on one of the many tranquil beaches.
“If you love the outdoors and nature, Tobago is the destination for you! My project in sports development was fab, I got to work with some local athletes who helped me with the youth. We were all pretty excited as you can imagine and it made the project even more worthwhile.”
Buccoo Village, South West Tobago
Available all year round –
2nd & 4th Monday of every month. Housing is provided a day prior and after your volunteering project.
Shared volunteer house. Volunteers share a room same sex room with one or two other volunteers.
- 18 +
- Criminal Background Check
- Travel insurance
- Advanced English
Around 5 volunteers join us every month in Tobago. This number generally doubles during the summer months, so be sure to reserve your space early
Airport pick-up is offered on Sundays from A. N. R. Robinson International Airport.
How to get started
1. Pick destination & project
2. Apply & pay an admin fee
3. Upload your documents.
4. Book flights & pay remaining balance
5. Start your Caribbean Volunteering trip
- Orientation & training
- Volunteer project
- Airport pick-up
- 24/7 staff support
- Professional recommendation letter on completion of project
One Week – £600 | $800
Two Weeks – £800 | $1,250
Three Weeks – £1,100 | $1,450
Four Weeks – £1,300 | $1,600
All applications attract a $200 deposit which is only refunded if applications are rejected. Applications are reviewed and a decision is typically made within 5 working days. Volunteers must upload a recent criminal background check and get comprehensive travel insurance.
Check in & Check out
Volunteer programs begin on the second and fourth Monday of each month and volunteers need to arrive in Tobago on the Sunday before orientation. Airport pick up is provided on Sundays from A.N.R Robinson International Airport, Tobago. If you arrive in Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad you will need to take a 20 minute flight with Caribbean airlines to Tobago. These flights often have delays, so please keep us posted with your arrival details.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation. Your accommodation is covered by your program fee and includes the night before your program begins.
If you arrive before your program starts or you wish to extend your stay after you complete your project this can be done for an additional $45 USD per night.
Check in & Check out
V2 works to safeguard the health and safety of all of our participants while they volunteer and explore. We provide 24/7 emergency support to volunteers and have highly trained staff equipped to deal with any issues.
While we do encourage volunteers to enjoy their time with us to the maximum, there are protocols, procedures and rules that we have put in place for the safety of volunteers. All volunteers must adhere to a code of conduct, failure to do so will result in dismal from our volunteer programs.
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Location & Nearby Attractions
Volunteers stay in the quiet residential area of Buccoo Village, a 15-minute drive from the airport and home to Buccoo Reef famous for Nylon Pool. You’ll be spoilt for choice of the many palm-fringed, white, sandy beaches that Tobago has to offer!
- Crown point – A central point, here you will find a mixture of takeaways and restaurants serving both local and international dishes.
- Black Rock – Waves – Seaside gourmet dinining
- Buccoo – La Tartaruga in Buccoo – fine dining Italian restaurant
- Tour Trinidad
- Fort George
- Tobago Cocoa Estate
- Being with Horses
- Waterfall Hike
- Water-sports including Jet Skis and Wind-sailing
Bars & Lounges
- Jade Monkey Casino & Bar
- The Shade
- Sunday school – Local street party kept every Sunday in the village of Buccoo
Shows & Entertainment
- Sunday school steel pan show
- Festivals and Shows happen all year round the biggest being the Goat races and Tobago Jazz Festival in Easter
- Nylon Pool & Buccoo Reef
- Mountain Ridge Rainforest
- Little Tobago
What past volunteers say about their Tobago experience…
After months of searching for a decent volunteer program that ticked all of my interests and skills, I found V2 and I’m happy I did. Orientation was very useful, especially for cultural norms, Things are REALLY chill in Tobago. I enjoyed practicing sports with the children- we even got parents involved in a Sports Day event we organized which was awesome. Thanks V2, you really made this trip an incredible experience.
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!
“This project really opened my eyes to the Education system in Trinidad and Tobago. The kids are really intelligent and have a lot of respect for their teachers. The structure of the day was well organized and I got to chip in with science and math projects.
Tobago is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve been to, and the first Caribbean country I’ve visited. We made most of our free time exploring the trails in the rainforest and visiting hot spots. The staff were helpful with any inquiries we had, and, of course, the food was great!”
“The children are really well behaved and show respect to their teachers and the volunteers. There were opportunities to show off my skills and assume responsibility. I got to teach arts and crafts to the children, sometimes it got messy, but we had fun!”
Come and lime in Tobago
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