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conserving Saint Lucia's Historic and Natural Heritage (BA)

Location: Saint Lucia
Project type: business & administration
Price from: £1,248 - details below


Volunteer with the highly respected National Trust of Saint Lucia - this important conservation and preservation institution needs varied business,organisational and research skills


Skills required

We work closely with the local people who manage this project, and they have identified their primary volunteer needs as follows: 
  • marketing and sales
  • tourism management
  • facilities management
  • human resources management
  • organisation and business development
  • also - customer service; restoration; preservation; historical research; curator expertise

Main project details

The Saint Lucia National Trust was established in 1975; the headquarters is located at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, known as one of the most important monuments of St. Lucia's history. The Trust was created for the specific purpose of preserving buildings, objects of historic and architectural interest and areas of natural beauty together with their animal and plant life, for present and future generations.

The Saint Lucia National Trust is a non-profit organization and all revenues received are used for the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of Saint Lucia. There is a strong membership of 600 and it is continuing to grow.

The Trust has responsibility to preserve and conserve much of the important natural history, architecture and heritage of Saint Lucia and needs to improve and develop income generating products and services and the neccessary organisational structure to support these initiatives.

Volunteers will work with and advise the executive staff which consists of a team of twenty led by the Director Bishnu Tulsie. The volunteer programme is based at the headquarters in Pigeon Island National Park, a living museum within a natural setting of 44 acres - originally surrounded by the sea but now joined to the mainland by a causeway.

History, beautiful beaches and a large variety of tropical fauna and fauna - what a great place to work!

Oh and it's also the location for the world-renowned Jazz Festival!

To learn more about how the volunteer programme works with this project read more here.

Context

St. Lucia is sold as a Sun, Sea and Sand paradise destination enjoyed by many. Tourism is one of the main income generators, and the Saint Lucia National Trust has an important role to play here, both for their role in preserving the many historical buildings and natural sites which tourists want to visit, and as a direct source of income.  They also play an important role in educating local people about the importance of these sites and how to look after them.

However the reality is that a significant portion of the population does not benefit from the tourist dollar.  Employment opportuities on the island are few.  Saint Lucia National Trust plays an important role here too, in providing jobs for local people and in developing the tourism potential of other sites which may provide employment opportunities in the future.

'It has been a very rewarding 8 weeks working with and for the Trust on Pigeon Island.  A happy time with such friendly, cheerful and helpful people.' Volunteer, Godfrey
 
Volunteer opportunities in a conservation project - experience and skills in tourism, natural or built environment, human resources, business development, marketing, customer service - all these skills and more will be welcome in this project. Take a look at the list of needs, as identified by the project, near the top of this page. Whether you are in work and looking for a career break, or already retired, you can share your skills and experience and play your part in responsible volunteer work overseas.  
 

Minimum duration

recommended 4 weeks minimum

Living Conditions

You will live in a self catering apartment close to the beach and tourist amenities in Rodney Bay.
You will have your own large and airy room with plenty of storage space and work space and a private shower room. There is a small communal swimming pool and you have a private patio for outdoor dining. You can choose to self cater or dine in one of the many local eateries.
 
Local small hotel accommodation can be arranged at additional cost.

Project costs

£1,248 for 4 weeks based self catering in a 2 bedroom apartment sharing with one other volunteer - private bedroom.
 
NB single apartments are available at an additional $400 per month (accommodation in a local small hotel can be arranged at an additional cost) 
 
Read about our costs and pricing policy here 

Watch an explanatory interview with programme director Sallie Grayson
 
Additional weeks  are costed at a sliding reducing rate. Please ask for details
 
Please note - these costs are correct to the best of our knowledge but can only be confirmed at time of booking, due to changes in transport and taxes outside our control.
 
N.B. Costs will be charged in dollars (except people and places fee) the sterling conversion is based on $1.65 to £sterling
Included: Self catering accomodation, airport transfers, full local orientation, social event, local SIM card, project & placement liaison
 
Your project donation will be used for the purchase of essential equipment for the project.

How your money is spent based on 4 weeks:
$975 (£591) - direct costs in Saint Lucia (airport transfers, accommodation, orientation, information packs, SIM card)
$455 (£276) - project management, liaison & supervision in Saint Lucia
$200 (£121) - project donation in Saint Lucia
£260 GBP - recruitment, matching & project development in UK

Not included: flights, insurance, visa costs, daily travel to project (local bus fares are approx 7 USD per day), personal expenses such as phone calls, medical expenses, etc. 
 
If you or your friends and family wish to make further donations to this project please CLICK HERE

Recommended reading

http://www.slunatrust.org/index.php

the travel foundation - a good general guide to the country's history, culture and environment

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