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Jamaica Volunteer Programs

Orphanage & Childcare Facility Helper

Help local Orphanages & Childcare facilities by providing the invidualized attention and care needed for the emotional growth and development of orphans in need.

Have you been thinking about what it would be like to volunteer in an Orphange or Childcare facility? If yes, then Volunteering at an Orphanage in Jamaica is a great opportunity to do that and much more!

You'll have opportunities to make a difference, experience life changing experiences, and thrilling adventures. 

This experience could allow you to reflect on your life and might leave you feeling humbled. Jamaicans are said to be some of the friendliest people in the world and your most special moments will be those when you meet these ‘little people.’

Jamaica is often associated with crystal clear water and stunning beaches, but the island is much more than great beaches - most of the Orphanages are located in areas with huge communities of poor people. A large number of the communties are children, who are in need. 

Help is needed to support the local staff running orphanages and childcare centres. You'll be working alongside them providing the support needed. Often times they are unable to give the one-on-one interaction and the invidualized attention needed for the emotional growth and development of the orphans

You'll also have opportunities to teach the children some basic life skills and also ply with them. The orphanages we work with are mostly located in St. Andrew, outside of the city of Kingston. They house boys and girls from ages 3–14 years. In some special childcare centers in poor communities, there are babies and children below three years..

When working with childcare orphanage volunteering programs, you can work solo or with a group of volunteers. No prior experience is needed to volunteer. However, flexibility, compassion and a natural love for working with children is required.

You might've heard about, read about, maybe even dreamed about the beautiful sialnd of Jamaica, so why not experience it by joining one of our orphanage volunteering abroad programs. It is your chance to touch, feel and see the real Jamaica.

Explore this exotic island and learn about its culture but most importantly change other people’s lives and your own!

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 programsƒ 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

As a volunteer, you’ll have an opportunity to work alongside the local staff but there are several activities you can do with the kids on a daily basis at the orphanage: 

  • Play with the children, talk to them and show them you care
  • Do art & craft
  • Teach a child to read or just read a story
  • Teach a general introduction to computing
  • Introduce children to word processing and work with Ms Word
  • Do video games and have fun
  • Play outdoor games
  • Listen to Reggae music, and dance with the children
  • Teach them a simple skill. Example how to make an a craft item
  • Take them outdoors and play a local sport or teach one of your own
  • Help with homework – this is one of the greatest needs
  • Just listen to their problems and show them you care

Details on Arrival

Our orphanage volunteering programs 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. 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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
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
Felxibility, natural love for children, adaptability
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.

Contact Project Coordinator

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
Contact & Reservation
$635
/week
$635
/week
4 - 12
weeks
4 - 12
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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Services by Jamaica Volunteer Programs

  • 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

To ensure your safety we provide our own transportation driven by family members or trusted employees. When we use other transportation, we pre-screen the operators. 

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.

From the very moment you set foot on Jamaican soil you’ll be met at the airport 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. 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.

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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,630.00
5 weeks
$3,150.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$7,350.00
Average fees
$635.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kingston/Jamaica between 4 weeks 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.
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