Jade founded V2 Volunteer & Vacation in 2013 after working in international development in the Caribbean, where she headed social projects tackling youth and urban violence. She speaks Spanish, holds a bachelor's in international development and a master’s in Caribbean and Latin American studies. Jade has experience working and volunteering in Spain, Ecuador, Bolivia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica. She is passionate about women's rights, loves animals, and aspires to bring a truly responsible travel model to the Caribbean. Jade has experience working with NGOs and charities creating and delivering programmes concerned with preventing violence, sexual health, and teaching life skills to local communities and target groups. She is responsible for the overall management of the organisation, with direct involvement in locating new projects and overseeing volunteer recruitment.
Beyond the view of the sandy beach and turquoise water that most of the millions of visitors that arrive in the Caribbean admire from the balcony of large hotel chains, lies a truly unique and captivating world. The Caribbean is renowned internationally for its vibrant culture, music and food. But what also make the Caribbean unique is that it is one of the world’s richest biological areas. The 7,000 islands and 28 nations that make up the Caribbean support an array of ecosystems ranging from mangroves to mountains, forests to rivers, and is home to numerous endemic species.
Today, aside from economic development, the Caribbean faces one of its biggest challenges yet: the region’s biodiversity is at serious risk of species extinction. Marine life in particular is at the forefront of conservation efforts. The Caribbean has the largest proportion of corals categorised as high risk of extinction, and has experienced a massive 80% reduction in coral cover since the mid 1970s. In recent years, fish populations have plummeted, and that’s having a devastating impact on local communities that rely on fisheries as a key source of food and employment. Read more here.