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Jamaica Volunteer Programs

Community Construction Worker

If you like to work with your hands, this volunteer program in Jamaica will give you opportunities to do meaningful and impactful work."

Many schools located in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Jamaica are in desperate need of repairs. Most of these schools are funded by fees from parents, who are unemployed or who earn minimum wage.

Volunteer construction programs in Jamaica are the key to the development of disadvantaged communities. By providing repairs and maintenance, you will help significantly to the development of schools, orphanages, health centres and the wider community.

Our community building programs facilitates volunteers to work alongside expert local builders, who will guide you and pass on the skills needed to complete the construction program.

Most of our programs are community-based, so outside of the local builders you'll be working alongside, you'll get to interface with members of the community on a daily basis

The people you’ll meet will be so grateful and friendly that it will likely change how you see others.

Bond with your team as you take your life and skills to another level and realize the valuable contribution your efforts have made to the community.

With Volunteer Building Programs you'll get to experience Jamaica, the 'Real Jamaica', in a whole new way.

Essential Program Information

Program Times 

Our programs are usually run Mondays – Fridays from 9am – 4pm. However, we can arrange shorter days for those who require. Some programs might have activities on Saturdays which are normally pre-planned. We will help you to make the necessary arrangements.

Safety

Our number one priority is your safety - our job is not completed until you arrive home safely. When you are in Jamaica you will never be alone, help is always available.

Like most other countries, Jamaica does have crime. However, we avoid areas that have unrest or high crime - our volunteer home and program partners are located in St. Andrew and not in the city of Kingston. 

Home away from home - We provide 24/7 in-country support where our dedicated team members are always there to support you with any emergencies or other needs.

This means that when you book with us you will be treated as if you are a relative visiting from overseas and provided with a safe home away from home. 

Mentorship - While volunteering, interning or studying, you will be placed with a local mentor who will give you tips and support.  

Extra Protection - We offer full medical insurance protection through our partners for any unexpected illness or accident. In addition to this, on your arrival, we'll give you safety tips and strategies to use during your orientation. 

Therefore, at all times you'll be surrounded by caring and trusted people to keep you safe.

Application

You can apply at any time for all of our programs. However, we advise you apply as soon as you can to ensure that you lock up your space. Why wait, apply now and get started on your way to the time of your life.

Once you have paid your deposit and confirmed your place on the programme. We will send you an email confirming your payment. This email will also include a link where you can download our Registration Handbook that will provide you with pre-departure reference and support information.

If you require any further information not covered in the handbook our staff is always on-hand to assist you.

Volunteer Experience Value 

If you are wondering if you can use your volunteer experience to boost your professional profile, yes you can. At your request, we can provide you with a letter or certificate of completion detailing your volunteer activities and accomplishments. 

A volunteer experience abroad is a great resume booster and can be of great value when applying for college or a job. We’ll be glad to assist you to make it happen. 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Typical day

The task you'll do on a day to day basis will depend on your particular program. However, your working hours will be from 9am - 4pm in the afternoons with an hour for lunch break. 

You'll be transported to your program site in the mornings and picked up around 4pm and transported back to your volunteer home in the afternoons.

Details on Arrival

Our volunteer teaching program are available all year- round allowing you to take part when you can, so on your application you’ll indicate your start and end dates. 

Although we are flexible, we encourage volunteers to arrive on weekends so you'll have a full week to volunteer on your construction program. There are times during the year when Jamaica has major holidays and celebration, so it is advisable to plan your trip that your dates do not coincide with these major events. 

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers working on school building maintenance will need to be flexible, open minded and creative as you'll have to find ways to get materials to work.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Jamaica Volunteer Programs are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Most evenings you’ll go back to your volunteer home to hang out and plan for the next day.

Outside of arranged cultural immersion trips and excursions where you’ll have opportunities to experience some of Jamaica’s most amazing attractions, we continually look for eye-opening cultural activities for you to do in your free time.

Because of this we sometime offer you opportunities to attend local events in the afternoons organized by our cultural ambassador/Project coordinator.

Activities such as Jamaican dancing lessons, patois classes, Jamaican story telling are designed to keep you entertained, but more importantly, to further help you learn the Jamaican culture.

On the last Friday night before your departure we have ‘Jamaica Night’ – where we will display some of Jamaica’s most popular food, play popular Jamaican music and also give volunteers the opportunity showcase what they’ve learned about the Jamaican culture as well as showcase their own culture. 

Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Sports

Included Services

What's included?

  • Pre-arrival assistance
  • Airport-pickup and return
  • Transfer to Accommodation
  • Orientation on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner
  • Transportation to and from project
  • Internet access
  • 24/7 in-country support

Airport Pickup at Norman Manley

As part of your transportation package, you’ll have a tour guide/driver who not only knows all the safe places to take you but also knows the customs of Jamaica.

Whenever you arrive at the airport, you’ll be met by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a Jamaica Volunteer Programs sign. They will then transport you to your volunteer home where you’ll be given an orientation upon arrival. 

Accommodation

We have homestays with dorms, single and double rooms with bathroom facilities (view images). Staying in homes owned by local people will allow you to touch, feel and see the real Jamaica. 

Our main homestay, nestled on top of the picturesque hill of Smokeyvale, St. Andrew, is a secret hideaway called Smokey Manor with breathtaking sceneries of the Blue Mountains to the East and a spectacular view of Kingston to the South.

This community is a visual feast of ferns, flora and fauna. Everywhere you turn, there will be towering fruit trees, cool breeze and panoramic mountains.

If you are a nature lover, you will enjoy our Country Walk Tour. Travel through Manning’s Hill, a quaint little village and see Jamaica before it wakes up. The peaceful surroundings and tranquil atmosphere provides the perfect setting for meditation, exercise and a chance to commune with nature.

As you pass through rural villages on your hike, you will have the feeling of stepping back in time. See the unhurried lifestyle and the friendly people who make Jamaica truly unique

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

You’ll be served breakfast and dinner at the volunteer homes daily. You’ll have to buy lunch at or near your project site. 

However, our Program Advisors will help you make arrangements for an affordable lunch or show you how to find the closest food store.

In Jamaican homes you’ll find a variety of foods and drinks which are as varied as the people and scenery, and you’ll be able to sample all of them including the popular jerk, roast breadfruit and ackee & saltfish (the national dish.

Our home-cooked food is a melting pot of all the cultures brought here during slavery and the plantation era, and staying in a Jamaican home is the best place to sample these. At our homestays you’re guaranteed the most delicious, nutritious meals made from organic ingredients.

No matter your dietary preference or restrictions, we’ll prepare mouth-watering dishes that will have you talking about it for a long while.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$799.00
2 weeks
$1,500.00
3 weeks
$2,100.00
4 weeks
$2,630.00
5 weeks
$3,150.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$7,350.00
Average fees
$706.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kingston/Jamaica between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Jamaica Volunteer Programs 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 Jamaica Volunteer Programs during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Jamaica

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Jamaica. Please check the visa regulations for Jamaica.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Jamaica.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Norman Manley (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Jamaica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Jamaica.
Cargill Avenue, Kingston 10, Kingston, Jamaica

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