Day Eleven: Places to volunteer

It’s been almost two weeks and all I have been getting are calls to find out what I’m interested in doing for my volunteer service. I spoke to several people at church as well as a few in the community. It’s not like I started when I arrived, I have been doing research since February. I thought I landed the best option: to build houses for the needy. I know it may appear like a giant task but the thought to do something different appealed to me. Also the fact that the organization was reputable, I thought this would be the best and safest. Even when I submitted my application form, had my three references submit letters they had requested, Youth With a Mission (YWAM) did not respond to me. Yes at first they were prompt with their responses, but I thought they would have sent me an email saying that I was accepted, or my application was declined.

I got an offer to work with a soup kitchen as well as with the homework club but it seem that everything had been delayed. I even had a call to work with different schools in various capacities. Who would have thought it would be so difficult to volunteer?

Finally on Thursday, it seemed that everyone had worked out a plan on how they needed me and my services. First, I went to fill out a volunteer form at the YMCA in Kingston. The coordinator, lovely lady, gave me a tour of the facility and introduced to the teachers and other employees. She asked if I could start on Monday and I said yes. Before that, I got a call from the Webster memorial united church to help with their soup kitchen and their homework club. They asked me to start on Tuesday. Then on Friday nights I’m helping with Youth services at Bethel United Apostolic. The moment I got home from my busy day, I got a call from a woman that attends the Apostolic church, who also is a teacher. She wanted me to speak with the principal because she felt that I could be of assistance. “When can you come in?” Now that I have lots to do and something of a schedule, I’m needed. “Is Friday okay?”

Part of the reason I’m here in Jamaica is to serve in the community. I think this will give me a deeper insight about life in Jamaica. I’ll get to understand on an intimate level some of the struggles that people go through. So stay tuned for those experiences.

Published by

Shauna-Kay Cassell

I was born in Jamaica and have been residing in Canada for over 20 years. I graduated with Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Toronto, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration at Seneca College, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. I've worked for the former Ministry of Children ad Youth Services (now the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services). Now I'm a Court and Client Representative for the Ministry of the Attorney General. In my spare time, I write press releases, blogs, and news articles for different organizations, including my own website. I write about experiences about travelling, social justice issues, relationship and spirituality. Visit me at

2 thoughts on “Day Eleven: Places to volunteer”

  1. Lovely to see/ hear from you! Busy with Anniversary so will give a more in depth reply next week. For now let’s just say I feel your pain; when u went down for a 4 month stint many moons ago, I was there for four months and I have yet to get a call back from the ministry of education just to ask some questions! Anyway, as they say: “Jamaica…no problem”…?!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hello Allison,

      Thank you for sharing your experience while living in Jamaica for 4 months. Yes, Jamaica, no problem, mon! hahah. But we love it anyway. It’s been many years, but hope you to still visit my blog every once in a while. I’m writing more these days.


Thank you for your response. Great to hear from you.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s