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Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassadors are Passionate Volunteers that Warmly Welcome International Visitors to each Tourist Region of Jamaica!
WELCOME TOURISTS TO YOUR CITY, TOWN OR REGION AS A GREETER, GUIDE, TRANSLATOR OR SOCIAL MEDIA CONTRIBUTOR
Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Welcome Greeters Give Travel Advice & Orient Community Tourists To Their Area Of Jamaica For FREE As They Would Do With Friends Or Family & Provide Visitors With A World-Class Version Of Our Already World-Famous Jamaican Hospitality!
BECOMING A RASTA ROUTES CULTURAL AMBASSADOR REQUIRES NO ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE – JUST A BIG PASSION FOR ALL THINGS JAMAICAN!
Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassadors are Friendly, Enthusiastic & Knowledgeable about their City, Selected from a Diverse Group of Jamaicans from Various Walks of Life & Backgrounds.
Volunteer Yuh’ Time and Travel for Free (Fares, Entry Fees & Trip Incidentals Only) by promoting Global Understanding, Cultural Exchange & Citizen Diplomacy! Travel Expenses include things such as Local Transportation & Entrance Fees.
We are Looking for Applicants that can Meet our Need for Volunteers who are Enthusiastic, Professional & Knowledgeable about Jamaica with Foreign Language Skills & In-Depth Knowledge of Tourist Destination areas.
As a Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador, Yuh’ Must be Fully Available to our Travelers! This is a Working Vacation so there is no “Free-Time” allotted to Cultural Ambassadors during Ambassador Trips.
Each encounter between a Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador and his/her Visitor(s) is a Unique Experience – Sharing a Moment of Time in a little Corner of Jamaican Paradise & Discovering Someone Else & a Different Culture.
For our Tourist Guests, it is the Perfect Occasion to see Jamaica as it is really known by Locals, to Visit Real Jamaican Neighbourhood Establishments and Discover “Off-the-Beaten-Track” Hidden Cultural Treasures that Visitors would not have Imagined or Dared to Visit on their Own!
WHAT IS THE RASTA ROUTES CULTURAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM?
The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program lets participating Tourists see Jamaica through the eyes of Local Residents & provides a modern Social Media Platform for extending Community Tourism Hospitality & Jamaican Culture Exchange onto the World Wide Web – Engaging Tourists & Shaping their Positive Experience even before Arrival!
The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program is an Island-wide Project designed to connect Tourism-Minded Jamaicans who Enjoy Volunteering & Welcoming Visitors with Cultural Immersion Tourists that want to Experience Jamaica as it is Lived by Everyday Locals!
Through the website, Rasta Routes organizes Greeter Meet-Ups between passionate Local Tourism Stakeholders & Cultural Immersion Tourists at No Charge in a Friendly, Social Public Venue soon after Guest arrival in Jamaica to Chit-Chat & Give Pointers & Advice on Making the Most of their Trip to your Area.
The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program is a form of Social Tourism – Residents Participate in the Activities of the Tourists while Tourists get to See the Local Life of the Place visited!
DO I HAVE TO BE A PAYING MEMBER TO VOLUNTEER?
Short Answer: Yes. Long Answer: Yes, with an Explanation.
The Cultural Ambassador Program is Altruistic in Nature & specifically seeks to build a loose network of Good Samaritan-minded Locals in Every City, esp. with regard to Community Tourism Travelers Lost or in Need.
The Requirement for being a Paying Member to Volunteer comes after 2 years of Planning for Free Open Membership to the Public.
Realities on the Ground in Jamaica lead us to now believe that we cannot “Match-Make” Tourists with Locals that may be in Financial Need.
Just by Restricting Cultural Ambassador Participation to Members, we eliminate a great deal of risk by ensuring that “Volunteers” are “Review-Minded” & have a “fixed-billing-address” that we will also have handy in our Membership Records…
Additionally, it now becomes More Reasonable for us to allow that Member Volunteers – That we Now Personally Know & Work Shoulder-to-Shoulder With – are both Financially Secure & Stable Enough to otherwise maintain at least a $50/USD Recurring Monthly Investment (e.g. The C.O.M.P.L.E.T.E. RED Plan, for instance…).
WHY DO I HAVE TO BE A PAYING MEMBER TO “VOLUNTEER”?
In Many Cases – We the Staff at Rasta Routes ARE Personally & Openly Inviting All the Friends We Have Met around the World – Over All the Years – to Finally Visit Jamaica.
Winston May Get All the Glory but We Each Take Very Seriously the Safety of Every Individual Traveler that is Influenced to Visit Jamaica via RastaRoutes.com as if they were Friends & Family – because they are…
Undoubtedly, Many will see the Cultural Ambassador Program & Irie Technology Marketing Services as the same thing, but they are not.
The Requirement for Being a Paying Member before Volunteering is Purely One of Several Security Precautions That We Have Implemented for the Safety, Sanity & Well-Being of All Concerned.
All Irie Technology Members are Free to Choose If or When they Will or Won’t Volunteer as a Cultural Ambassador. It’s All Up to Yuh’…
Membership Services & Welcome Greeter Volunteering are 2 Separate Things, however, one is now a prerequisite for the other so that “We Will Know Where Yuh’ Live…”.
Rasta Routes Greeter Meet-Ups can be optionally Extended (on the spot or Scheduled) – if all parties are in mutual agreement – into a Rasta Route Ambassador Trip to Local Attractions plus Art, Cultural & Special Events in your area at the Visitor’s expense.
This is your chance to Show Visitors your Favorite Spots & Hobbies in your Home Town & Customize Ambassador Trips or Walks for your Guests that Highlights Their Interests & What You Love about your area & surrounding districts!
During a walk through the city, a Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador will not only point out interesting or unknown places, but also talk about daily life in the city and listen to what the guests have to say about their hometown.
CULTURAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
If you love Jamaica and Jamaican Culture, Enjoy Meeting People from Around the World and would like to Share Jamaica with Visitors, the Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program has just the Volunteer Opportunity for you!
QUALITY RESULTS WITH US
Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador volunteers welcome visitors to major destinations in every parish like Kingston, Treasure Beach, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Negril, the Blue Mountains and Montego Bay and show them that Authentic Jamaica Culture can really be found and experienced.
Cultural Ambassadors are friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Jamaica and Jamaican culture. Becoming a Ambassador requires no additional experience, just a Passion for all things Jamaican!
Many First-Time and even Repeat Visitors to Jamaica are Intimidated by our Direct, “In-Yuh-Face” Culture.
Cultural Ambassadors are friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Jamaica and Jamaican culture. Becoming a Ambassador requires no additional experience, just a passion for all things Jamaican!
Apply & be listed online as a RastaRoutes.com “Cultural Expert” for your chosen region or area of personal interest and promote Jamaica’s positive image (and yourself…) while making new friends, contacts and prospective clients from all around the world!
Cultural Ambassadors take visitors on informal, unscripted walks or bus rides through neighborhoods and areas that the Ambassador knows well, sharing personal stories and stopping at their favorite “tourist-safe” Jamaican spots.
The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador program is specifically designed to connect local Jamaicans who enjoy sharing interests and meeting new people with tourists & visitors that want to safely see & experience Authentic Jamaica as it exists outside the resort walls.
And remember, it’s always fun to volunteer with a friend and share your experiences, so please share this application appropriately with your Jamaican friends and social networks!
FRIENDLY UP YUH’SELF!
Ambassadorships are Open to Hospitable Jamaicans willing to Share their Knowledge & Love of Jamaica with Budget Travel Backpackers & Culturally Minded Tourists – a demographic that is generally more Down-to-Earth, more “Roots Conscious” & Often Poorer back at home than the usual Highty-Tighty, “Coop-Up Inna Resort” type of visitor!
Many of these Travelers are Students and/or work normal everyday jobs as Bartenders., Hairdressers, Taxi Drivers & Teachers back in their own countries and often have sacrificed much to finally be on Holiday in Jamaica.
As Cultural Ambassadors, our role firstly is to provide a Responsive & Supportive online environment that helps Budget Travelers & Cultural Immersion Tourists plan & make sound decisions regarding Travel to Jamaica – then delivering positive, supportive Interactions, Experiences & Advice as an Organization once Visitors arrive.
CULTURAL AMBASSADOR CORE VALUES
The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program supports Sustainable Tourism by bringing both Cultural & Economical enrichment to Local communities while aiming to leave a lasting Positive Impression of each Jamaican destination & change the traditional “Only the Resorts are Safe” view that Tourists have of Jamaicans and our country.
Greeters are Volunteers, a “Friendly Face” for those visiting a Jamaican Destination
Greeters welcome Individuals and may serve small groups of up to Six (6) People
Meeting a Greeter is Free of Charge (Greeter Meet-Ups)
Visitors are Welcomed without any kind of Discrimination.
Creating Mutually Enriching opportunities for Cultural Exchange.
Creating links between Ordinary People to Create a Better World.
- WHY BECOME A CULTURAL AMBASSADOR?
Make New Friends From Around The World
Practice Your Foreign Language Skills
Discover Off-The-Beaten Path Destinations
Lots Of Walking To Keep You Fit & Healthy
Give Back To Jamaica – The Land You Love
BECOME A RASTA ROUTES CULTURAL AMBASSADOR
Ambassador Trips are a lot of Fun for Everyone, but ultimately, Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassadors are Responsible for the Safety and Well-Being of our Guests.
Volunteer your Time and Travel for Free (incidentals only) promoting Understanding, Cultural, Education and Citizen Diplomacy!
As dedicated Volunteer Chaperones we make Each and Every Cultural Ambassador trip special to our Guests.
Travel expenses for Ambassador Trips are covered by the Visitor and include things such as Local Transportation plus Entrance Fees to Parks, Attractions & Shows.
This is a working vacation so there is no “Free-Time” allotted to Cultural Ambassadors during the trip. As a Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador, you must be fully available to our Travelers.
HOW GREETER MEET-UPS & AMBASSADOR TRIPS WORK
1. Cultural Ambassadors List & Update their Rasta Routes Business Level Member Profile with their Jamaican CulturaL Specialties & Expertise, while voluntarily interacting & informing Online Backpacker about various aspects of Jamaican Cultural Immersion travel.
2. Once Visitors Requests a Greeter Meet-Up, an available & assigned Cultural Ambassador meets with up to 6 Visitors in a Public Venue for Personal Introductions, Area Orientation & Initial Greeter Welcome.
3. After the Greeter Meet-Up, the Visitor can Choose to schedule or continue directly with an Ambassador Trip – an Informal, Unscripted Walk or Ride through Neighborhoods & Areas that the Cultural Ambassador knows well.
4. Visitors can request specific types of activities or “Cultural Flavors” within the area they would like to see, or leave the destination area altogether if in agreement with the Cultural Ambassador.
5. Cultural Ambassadors share Personal Stories and Favorite Spots with their Knowledge of “Tourist-Safe” Jamaican-specific Experiences & Off-the-Beaten-Path Attractions being a plus.
6. Greeter Meet-Ups are not scheduled for the same day Visitors arrive & must Tourists contact Rasta Routes again once on the Island to Re-confirm their desire for a Cultural Ambassador Greeter Meet-Up.
What does being a Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador entail?
Showcasing your Jamaican City or Area to Visitors
Make your Jamaican City feel more Familiar & Friendly
Impart Knowledge of Jamaica’s Public Transportation Bus System to Visitors
Facilitate safe discovery of Authentic Jamaican settings
Demonstrate & Explain how Jamaicans Live, Play & Raise their Families
Connect Visitors with a “Friend” in your City (You…)
Provides Visitors with a Jamaican Experience from a Local’s Perspective (Yours…)
Factors influencing which Ambassadors are selected for Greeter Meet-Ups & Ambassador Trips:
The Number of Travelers registered for a particular trip or Meet-Up regulates the number of Cultural Ambassador chaperones that are required. Traveler demographics are very important: an Ambassador Trip with a high number of Male travelers will require more Male Ambassadors. When Tourists Request & Schedule Overnight Ambassador Trips directly with our Office, Male Ambassadors are booked to room with Male travelers while Female Ambassador chaperones room with Female travelers.
RASTA ROUTES CULTURAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE YOU OPPORTUNITIES TO:
ENHANCE VISITORS’ EXPERIENCES BY SHARING YOUR JAMAICA PRIDE.
DEEPEN YOUR CONNECTION WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE WIDER COMMUNITY.
EASILY SCHEDULE & MANAGE YOUR VOLUNTEER WELCOME GREETER COMMITMENTS.
WORK WITH OLD FRIENDS, MAKE NEW ONES FROM AROUND THE WORLD & HAVE FUN!
BE A “CULTURAL EXPERT” FOR YOUR CHOSEN REGION OR PERSONAL INTEREST & PROMOTE JAMAICA’S POSITIVE IMAGE (& YOUR OWN…).
HOW IT WORKS
Cultural Ambassadors list and update their RastaRoutes.com profile with their Jamaican specialties and expertise, and interact and inform online backpacker guests about various aspects of Jamaican Cultural Immersion travel.
Cultural Ambassadors take visitors on an informal, unscripted walk or ride through neighborhoods and areas that the Ambassador knows well.
Visitors can request specific types of activities or “cultural flavors” within the area they would like to see, or leave the destination area altogether if in agreement with the Cultural Ambassador.
Cultural Ambassadors share personal stories and favorite spots with their knowledge of “tourist-safe” Jamaican-specific experiences or off-the-beaten-attractions being a plus.
RASTA ROUTES REGGAE AMBASSADOR VOLUNTEER GOALS
1. The goals of the Cultural Ambassador program are to enhance visitors’ experiences at local attractions, arts and cultural activities, and at special events here in Jamaica, while building community pride through the involvement of overseas volunteers’ and encouraging visitor volunteerism within local Jamaican community development organizations.
2. Additionally, Jamaica Backpackers and the entire RastaRoutes.com project seeks to increase Jamaica’s competitiveness in attracting and hosting value-conscious, Backpacker Travelers in environmentally and culturally sustainable ways that positively impact our country’s international image and economic bottom line.
3. The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador program supports sustainable tourism and respects natural and man-made environments, bringing both cultural and economical enrichment to local Jamaican communities with the primary goal of leaving a lasting positive image of Jamaican with each & every visitor!
BECOMING A RASTA ROUTES CULTURAL AMBASSADOR
For local Jamaicans who are really passionate about growing the Tourism sector and Love Meeting visitors; the Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program is the new tourism-focused Volunteer Program with a strong emphasis on enhancing Visitor experiences.
The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program aims to embody the philosophy of Social Tourism where Residents participate in the Activities of the Tourists while Tourists get to See the Local Life of the Place visited!
Cultural Ambassador Volunteer roles may also include Ushers, Interpreters, Guides, Social Media Contributors, Administrative, etc.in addition to the primary Greeter Meet-Up function – plus the willingness to come to the aid of any Tourist you may come across as you go about your regular Daily Business.