1) What is the minimum age restriction?
Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years old on time of arrival.
2) Are meals included in this trip?
Breakfast is included in your project price. This is self catered at the accommodation and typically consists of cereal, toast, eggs and local fruits. There is sufficient storage in the kitchen to store your own food. Some people like to cook independently, others in a group and this is usually worked out once you are in-country and have settled with the group.
3) What accommodation is provided?
All accommodation is based in a shared house with dorm-style rooms. The accommodation is a large open plan guest house, only a few minutes walk from the beach, making it the perfect base for a Caribbean adventure!
The house has all the required facilities including a fully equipped kitchen, large balcony for dining and socialising and living room with TV and WiFi. There are shower and toilet facilities per every two bedrooms and an additional toilet in the communal area. By evening, staff will open up our in-house bar ‘the Kabawe’ with a wide selection of local cocktails and beers at discounted prices for volunteers.
4) Are there laundry facilities available at the accommodation?
Yes. A daily laundry service is provided for volunteers.
5) Can I book a private room?
This is completely dependent on availability at the time as there are only 7 rooms in the house. You can put in a request, but please be aware there is an additional fee.
6) Where can I store valuables at the accommodation?
There is no safe in the house but each bedroom can be locked from the outside. We advise volunteers to lock any valuables in their suitcases. Coordinators live on the property which means that any problems that arise can be dealt with immediately. Staff are on site throughout the day and security is on the gate during the night so chances of theft is limited.
7) What amenities are nearby?
The accommodation is located on one of the main roads in Castries so there will always be buses to take you to the City, local attractions or bars and clubs on the Rodney Bay strip. There are two of the island’s best beaches just a few minutes walk from the house, as well as a supermarket for all guest’s needs.
8) How many hours a day will I be volunteering on the project?
Weekdays - Sessions will take place after school between 14:00 - 19:00 (subject to the school and programme).
Saturdays - Sessions will take place in the morning from 10:00 - 12:00.
Participants are free to travel and explore the island during the days, or just spend it on one of the great golden sand beaches.
Excursions usually take place on Friday and Sunday; there is also a street party in Gros Islet every Friday.
9) Will I run the class or assist in the teaching/ coaching?
This depends on participant’s confidence, experience and the availability of local coaches. The in-country team will work around volunteer’s comfort and ability and provide training where required.
10) What experience do I need?
We do not require that participants have any particular coaching badges or qualifications, just an understanding of the game and a passion to help out on the project! You will receive a coaching induction on arriving in St Lucia and will be working alongside experienced coaches who will always be on hand to advise you and support your sessions.
11) What support will I receive in country?
Volunteers will receive a wide range of support whilst in country, including a full time in-country project coordinator, and local coaches at the project site.
12) What can I do in my free time?
There’s loads to keep the participants busy in their free time in St Lucia and our in-country coordinators will be on hand to point you in the right direction and book extra excursions for you. These activities include a Rainforest Adventures aerial tram, botanical gardens, sulphur springs, scuba diving, paintballing and zip lining. (please note these are at an additional cost and not included in your trip price).
13) When can I arrive?
Participants need to arrive at the airport on an allotted project start date where they will be met by one of our friendly in-country team and taken to the accommodation to settle in. This is always on a Friday. If they arrive after the start date they can either make their own way to the accommodation or arrange collection with us but there will be an additional charge for this.
14) When should I book my departure?
Return flights should be booked on the project end date, a Friday. Transport back to the airport is included in the project price.
15) Is transport included?
Transport to and from the project is included in the project price. Transport for extra excursions can also be arranged with the in-country team for an additional cost.
16) Will I need a visa?
Citizens for a large list of countries, including the UK do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please get in contact if you are unsure a visa required or not.
17) Will I need vaccinations?
There are no specific vaccinations required to enter St Lucia, however we strongly recommend visiting a travel nurse before a trip in case boosters are required.
18) What is the climate like in St Lucia?
Being a Caribbean Island volunteers can expect a lot of hot and humid weather throughout the year. As a tropical island weather can be unpredictable and brief showers are not rare. Due to its situation on the equator, St Lucia does not have well defined seasons. There is, however a rainy season which generally falls between June and November.
19) Can I bring donations to my project?
Yes, all donations are greatly appreciated, note however we will not assist in the transport of donations to St. Lucia so volunteers will have to make sure to check luggage allowance before travelling. Some airlines will offer an extra bag for this but contact must be made with the airline against the booking prior to flight to avoid problems when checking in bags at the airport.
20) Can I play sport whilst in St Lucia?
We have great contacts with a number of local clubs and teams, so volunteers with have opportunities to play and train if so desired.