Quality Childcare Assistant

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Coordinator | Nicole

High­lights

Volunteer and provide essential childcare to the vulnerable children of Jamaica
Help improving the future prospects of children in Jamaica
Give impoverished children quality care, compassion and a sense of hope
Become part of an intercultural exchange between international volunteers and locals
Explore stunning places in the island nation of Jamaica
Participants on this fantastic childcare program will work in this Caribbean paradise to care for its at-risk and impoverished children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+
Combining the gorgeous tropical island of Jamaica and the ability to help children in need must surely be the holy grail for many international volunteers? Participants on this fantastic childcare program will work in this Caribbean paradise to care for its at-risk and impoverished children. Many children in the Caribbean face various challenges, including neglect, abuse, trafficking and general lack of care. The organizations that work to address these issues need extra support staff to carry out their daily activities – and that’s where our volunteers come in. Volunteers could be working with these wonderful children in childcare facilities, homes for children with disabilities or even working alongside government agencies. These projects are severely understaffed and underfunded, which is why they are in urgent need of volunteers. For volunteers who truly want to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, this program serves to protect and care for those who need it most.

Volunteers play an essential role in helping disadvantaged children through this program. Participants will assist with the children’s wellbeing by helping to assess their development levels with simple evaluation tools. This information is then used to develop programs designed to improve their abilities and stimulate their sensory, cognitive and motor skills through dance, music, art and craft, games and role play. Volunteers will help with basic education and interactive activities that promote growth and development and will provide general day to day care (bathing, feeding, laundry, cleaning), ensuring that children practice proper hygiene and sanitation. Volunteers could also be involved in monthly outreach activities providing services and support to children in need. This is a wonderful program for volunteers with a compassionate nature and a willingness to assist children in need. International volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of these vulnerable children and are truly appreciated.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Help to care for the children
  • Attend to and interact with the children
  • Assess the children’s developmental needs
  • Create activities and entertain the children with games and songs, etc.   

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:30am Breakfast at the host family home

8:00am Walk or bus to the project site

8:15am Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor

8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES BEGIN

Volunteers work from 8:30am to 2:00pm daily with a break for lunch (provided) at the child care centre, children's home or orphanage. There is the option to continue volunteering up to 5:00pm if wished but this is not compulsory.

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

Afternoons and evenings are free to relax, enjoy the beautiful location, explore, stay in touch with friends and family back home or socialize with other other volunteers.

Free-time activities

As with all of our Jamaica volunteer programs, volunteers on this project will be based in the idyllic city of Mandeville. Situated in the heart of the island at 2000 feet above sea level, Mandeville is one of the more peaceful and attractive places on the entire island of Jamaica.

Thanks to this esteemed history, Mandeville is not only a booming business center and capital of the Manchester Parish, it is a contrast of the new and old set amidst rolling hills and lush vegetation. What a wonderful place to volunteer!

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified below)
  • Food & Meals (as specified below)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Return airport transfer 
Airport Pickup at Norman Manley International Airport
Upon your arrival into Kingston or Montego Bay, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. Here you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. They will also provide you with your Welcome Pack, which contains

 maps of the local area, supplies, volunteer t-shirt, contact information, and a volunteer manual to help you to be more aware and fully prepared. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

Accommodation

Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local Jamaican host family, where they will have the opportunity to become fully immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. Jamaican families are renowned for their hospitality and love to learn more about different cultures. Living with a local family truly is the best way to throw oneself into the local culture and to meet people who will often become lifelong friends!

All host families have been fully vetted by our local team, receive a detailed orientation and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Depending on the time of year it may be necessary to share a room with other volunteers, but private rooms are often available upon request. Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom and laundry. Volunteers are responsible for doing their own laundry (machine wash or hand wash onsite) or can pay a small fee to cover the cost. Wifi is available at most host family houses, however we ask volunteers to remember access to this service is a privilege and may be limited at times. A range of internet cafes are available in Mandeville.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Host families will provide breakfast and dinner daily (including weekends). Lunch is not included but can be purchased at a nearby café while at your project site – a wonderful opportunity to check out the huge variety of local and international restaurants, cafés and bistros in Mandeville!
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston. We assist you to find cheap flights to Jamaica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Jamaica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Jamaica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Jamaica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAYS
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAYS
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica (Code: KIN) OR Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica (Code: MBJ)
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,398
5 weeks
$ 2,727
6 weeks
$ 3,056
7 weeks
$ 3,384
8 weeks
$ 3,713
9 weeks
$ 4,042
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,028
Average fees
$ 509 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Quality Childcare Assistant

Participants on this fantastic childcare program will work in this Caribbean paradise to care for its at-risk and impoverished children.

$509/week

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