If you volunteer regularly with groups in your community, there’s no reason to stop once you get to Antigua. AUA has plenty of campus-based outreach programs of course, but Antigua itself is home to a large number of organizations and programs dedicated to community service. You can give back by getting involved in one or more of these six groups:
1. Antigua & Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities
A relatively new organization, this group connects individuals to services, loans equipment to individuals with disabilities, and seeks to improve the overall quality of life for disabled members of the Antiguan community.
2. Antigua & Barbuda Sickle Cell Association
Based out of Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, this organization works to improve the lives of those suffering from Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and their families.
3. Antigua & Barbuda Girl Guides
Dedicated to empowering girls and young women, Girl Guides has been in existence for over 80 years and needs women to serve as mentors, lead hikes, and serve as role models.
4. Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society
Love animals? The Humane Society has a Donkey Sanctuary and an animal shelter for dogs and cats. The Society recently received a grant for full veterinary services and welcomes volunteers.
5. Antigua Conservation Society
If you want to help preserve Antigua’s marine and coastal ecosystems through a combination of government and private sector initiatives, check out this group’s Facebook page.
6. Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR)
ABSAR is based out of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth Harbour. These volunteers are available 24/7, year-round, and have their own medical station at the yacht club.
More details about these organizations, including their contact information, are available online.