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ASL Volunteer Opportunities In Jamaica

Additional Info
  • Processing Fee: $150 - $300 USD
  • Weekly Cost: $725 usd 1 week
  • Dates Available: Year round
  • Volunteer Site: St. Catherine, Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
  • Max Participants: 30
  • Age Range: 12 - 85
  • Room Types: Dorm
  • Minimum Stay: 1 week
  • Maximum Stay: 3 months
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transfers: To/From Airport & Project
  • Our Social Work: We donate up to 50% to charity
  • Group Discount: Yes (5 or more travelers)
  • Tour Discount: 10% off all tours/excursions
Description

Deaf Volunteer Opportunities In Jamaica - ASL Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

Are you a sign language interpreter? If you would like to travel to Jamaica and teach sign language abroad, this is the perfect project for you. Come and teach hearing impaired and hearing Jamaicans alike by joining our ASL volunteer opportunities and helping to boost communication between the two groups.

 

Our deaf volunteer opportunities will allow you to empower deaf locals in Jamaica by providing them with the necessary skills, training and support that they need in order to be self-sufficient. You will get a chance to visit a school for the hearing impaired, and help teach the students American Sign Language and other crucial lessons. You can also assist with after-school tutoring and teach valuable skills such as computer skills, graphic design, arts and crafts etc.

 

Another aspect of your project will be to visit hearing schools to spread awareness of hearing impairment to the students and encourage them to be respectful of the impaired. You can also spend some time teaching these students how to sign properly, so that they will be able to communicate using the American Sign Language.

 

This is your chance to experience the deaf culture in Jamaica, and give back to the deaf and hearing communities alike. So if you are seeking ASL volunteer opportunities (American Sign Language volunteer opportunities), apply now and take the first step in booking your program in Jamaica.

 

Some Activities That You Can Do When You Volunteer In ASL Abroad Are:

  • Visit a centre for the Deaf in Jamaica to work with children and adults with hearing impairment
  • Volunteer to teach Junior High or High School students how to sign in American Sign Language
  • Teach students how to do greetings and salutations, the alphabet, numbers and more in ASL
  • Conduct presentations to educate locals and raise awareness on hearing impairment
  • Work as a volunteer ASL interpreter at a centre for the hearing impaired
  • Have amazing fun and adventures on the weekend and while you have free time and visit Jamaica’s top attractions
  • Immerse in the Jamaican culture by interacting with locals, sampling our cuisine, learning about our history and more
Project Details

ASL Volunteer Project Placements:


We have several placement options available for our volunteer opportunities deaf community projects. All projects will take place in either Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios or St. Catherine.

 

Centre for the Deaf – You may be placed in a centre for the deaf, where you will be able to work with both deaf children and deaf adults to teach them valuable lifelong skills.

 

School for the Hearing Impaired – Teach deaf students new words in the American Sign Language, help with after school activities, teach a skill and more.

 

Primary/Secondary Schools – At these hearing schools, you will be able to raise awareness for hearing impairment and teach the students how to do American Sign Language to communicate with the hearing impaired.

 

Requirements:

Must be able to sign fluently, using the American Sign Language.

 

Project Activities:

During the application process we will work with you to discuss the activities that you would like to engage in during your project. Prior planning is an important aspect of your program, so we suggest that you carefully think of your goals and what you wish to accomplish during your program.

 

Fundraising

If you need help raising money to pay for your volunteer in ASL trip, we encourage you to read our fundraising guide. It was made to help volunteers by giving them creative ideas on ways to raise awareness and funds for their trip to Jamaica. We can also provide any documents that you may require to apply for funding or grants from your place of employment or school.

 

Combine Projects

If you would combine your volunteer ASL interpreter program with another opportunity, we can arrange this for you. Some popular programs that you can combine are:

Volunteer Teaching Abroad
Orphanage Volunteer Programs
Sports Volunteering Abroad
Human Rights Volunteer Abroad
Volunteer Abroad Business Development
Volunteer Abroad Women's Empowerment
Humanitarian Volunteer & Sponsor A Family Or Child
Special Needs Volunteer

 

Program Length

Teach sign language abroad programs run for a minimum of 1 week to a maximum of 3 months. If you plan to stay longer we will need to check the visa requirements for your country when travelling to Jamaica.

 

Your First Day:

Your Program Advisor will accompany you to your project on your first day. You will be introduced to the local team and shown around the property. Your Program Advisor will not depart until you have settled in and are clear on your objectives. He/she will also show you where to purchase lunch.

 

Daily Transportation:

Each day our trusted company drivers will transfer you to and from your project placement.

 

Project Completion:

When you have completed your ASL volunteer opportunities you will be awarded a Certificate of Participation signed by our General Manager. We will also sign any documents for you to prove community service or volunteer hours.

 

Recommended To Take With You:

We recommend that you take along the following items with you when travelling to Jamaica:

Money to purchase lunch – lunch in Jamaica is very affordable, and would cost about $3-$5 USD per day.
Insect repellent to prevent mosquito and bug bites
A camera to take pictures
Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
A water bottle
Comfortable shoes

Dates and Costs
Processing Fee (Add to Total)
$150 USD

 

Shared Dorm Room In KINGSTON Hosted By JIP (USD)
1 Week $725
2 Weeks $1,270
3 Weeks $1,815
4 Weeks $2,360
5 Weeks $2,910
6 Weeks $3,455
7 Weeks $4,000
8 Weeks $4,545
Extra Weeks $545

 

Shared Dorm Room In KINGSTON GROUP RATES (5 or More Volunteers) (USD)
1 Week $699
2 Weeks $1,215
3 Weeks $1,735
4 Weeks $2,255
5 Weeks $2,775
6 Weeks $3,295
7 Weeks $3,810
8 Weeks $4,330
Extra Weeks $520

 

Private Room With Local Host (USD)
1 Week $990
2 Weeks $1,790
3 Weeks $2,580
4 Weeks $3,375
5 Weeks $4,170
6 Weeks $4,965
7 Weeks $5,760
8 Weeks $6,600
Extra Weeks $720

 

Placement Only Processing Fee
$300 USD

Deaf Volunteer Abroad Prices Include:


*Pre-arrival support and assistance
*Sourcing volunteer project placement
*Orientation and support documentation on day of arrival
*Pickup from airport and transfer to accommodation.
*Private room with a local host near the parish your program is in (Kingston, Negril, Falmouth, St. Ann, St. Catherine or Montego Bay.) Accommodation equipped with fans/air conditioning, double or queen bed, kitchen access, free wifi, cable television, bathroom and more.
*Full breakfast and dinner daily.
*Daily transportation to and from volunteer project
*24/7 in country support
*Certificate of participation upon successful completion of your volunteer program
*Return transfer to airport

 

Prices Do Not Include:

Visa application cost or fees (if applicable)
Daily lunch
Personal shopping money
Airfare expenses or taxes
Travel insurance (You can purchase affordable travel health insurance here)
Weekend tour and adventure projects

 

Availability:

Projects are available all year round from Mondays to Fridays. It may be possible to arrange projects on the weekends if you desire.

 

Project Dates and Times:

We asks that volunteers book their flights to arrive in Jamaica on the weekends, preferably Saturday so that your project can commence on a Monday. If it is not possible for you to arrive on weekend, we will still accommodate you.

 

Afternoon And Weekends:

We offer cultural immersion tours and adventures during weekends and some afternoons. This is to help volunteers inject fun and excitement into their volunteer program, while learning more about our people and culture. You can view our Jamaica tour and excursion page and add them to your package.

Accommodation and Transportation

 

Accommodation

 

Where You Will Stay:

You will stay with a pre-vetted local host in houses or apartments that are equipped to accommodate our volunteers and interns. You will get a chance to experience the Jamaican culture first hand. On your application form you will select the area you would like to stay in, and choose from St. Catherine, Kingston, Falmouth, Negril, Montego Bay, or St. Ann (Ocho Rios). All local hosts we work with are safe and will treat you like a member of the family.

 

Accommodation Features:

• Double or queen beds
• Air Conditioning or fans
• Private or shared bathrooms
• Cable television
• Free Wi-Fi access
• Closets
• Chest of drawer and night table
• Locker or safety box with lock (storage)

 

Group Accommodations

Groups joining our ASL volunteer opportunities trips will be able to choose from a wide list of guest houses or hotels that we work with or manage to accommodate your members. You can choose accommodations in the most popular areas of Jamaica, equipped with dorm rooms, double rooms and private rooms and modern day amenities.

 

Orientation:

We provide all of our volunteers with orientation on your date of arrival. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will be given your finalized itinerary and your orientation guide. During orientation we will go over project dates and times, transportation, meal times, cultural/excursion activities and you will be given tips on Jamaica.

 

Key Deposit:

We require a $20 USD key deposit to be paid during orientation. This will be refunded upon checkout once the keys are returned. If you lose your keys we will use your deposit to cover their replacement.

 

Welcome Meal:

On your date of arrival, following your orientation, you will be served with your welcome meal.

 

Daily Meals:

Your Package Cost covers breakfast and dinner daily. You will be served Jamaican cuisine during your stay. Indicate if you have any special dietary requirements on your application so that we can make preparations for you.

 

Transportation

 

Airport Pickup:

The Project Cost of our ASL & deaf volunteer opportunities also covers the cost of airport pickup at the Norman Manley International Airport or Sangster International Airport, depending on where you will be staying. We will meet you at the airport with a sign saying Jamaica International Projects. You will be transferred directly from the airport to your accommodation.

 

You should book you flight to the airport that is nearest to the parish you will be staying in. We will advise you during application.

 

Daily Transfers:

Each day, you will be transferred from your accommodation directly to your project by a team member. We will also pick you up at your project at the agreed upon time and transfer you either back to the accommodation, to change money/purchase supplies or to a cultural activity/excursion, depending upon your itinerary.

 

Tour Transfers:

For your tours, you will have a Program Advisor accompanying you to point out important landmarks and to function as a guide. You will be transferred to and from all excursions and outings.

 

Return To Airport:

At the end of your project, we will provide return transportation to the airport or bus stop.

How to Join Us

Research:


Read through the other information on this page about this program thoroughly and decide if it is the program for you.

 

Apply:

Click APPLY NOW and complete the application form as thoroughly as possible. In the meantime start thinking of the activities that you would like to engage in during your project.

 

Interview:

A Program Advisor will review your application and contact you within 24 hours via Skype, Google Hangouts or telephone. You will get a chance to discuss your goals, skills, fundraising and ask us any questions.

 

Secure Your Placement:

As soon as you are accepted, you will need to pay your Non-Refundable Processing Fee so that we can begin making your placement and processing your application. You may also pay a deposit or make payment in full once you are sure of your date of travel, because availability is on a first come first serve basis.

 

Submit Documentation:

After paying the processing fee you will be sent a list of documentation that you need to submit. We ask that you submit these documents as soon as possible, so if you are planning to join this program then you should start the process of obtaining them from now. These documents are:

 

• 2 Reference letters (1 personal, 1 professional)
• 1 recent photo id (passport, national id or driver's license)
• 1 police report/criminal background check
• Proof of travel insurance
• Flight itinerary

 

Finalize All Payments:

All payments must be finalized no later than 60 days before your travel date. This means that the entire package cost, including Processing Fee, Project Cost and Cultural Immersion/Excursion cost must be settled 60 days before your arrival date. You can update your cultural immersion/excursion package or purchase additional tours while you are in Jamaica.

 

You will receive updates on your project and itinerary via emails, phone calls and through Google+ or Skype calls.

 

Remember to read through our Terms and Service Agreement to know your responsibilities if you embark on this program.

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