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Working and volunteering


In addition to the following options, Volunteer Me maintains a database of volunteer opportunities.

Blue Iguana Recovery Program Volunteers do hard labor at the Salina Reserve and Colliers Wilderness Reserve, including trail maintenance, fence building, nest digging and iguana counting.

Cayman Islands Humane Society This organization depends on volunteers to help out with dog walking, cat care, administrative support, event planning, fundraising and more.

Central Caribbean Marine Institute Sign up to the week-long `Dive on the EDGE', which involves identifying, photographing and cataloguing different species of coral and sea life around Little Cayman.

National Gallery Support Cayman's most distinguished cultural institution.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation Divers and snorkelers can help protect the reef by participating in sea life surveys, including the Great Annual Fish Count (www.fishcount.org).


The Cayman Islands are friendlier to expatriate workers than most Caribbean islands. In fact, the majority of workers in Cayman are from somewhere else. There are a variety of work permits available, including a Temporary Work Permit (valid for three to six months). A Full Work Permit (good for nine years) can be difficult to obtain, as it requires sponsorship by an employer, who must demonstrate that no local people are as qualified for this job.

New Resident (www.caymannewresident.com) provides an excellent overview of the work permitting process.

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