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Building Volunteer Projects Abroad 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, Negril, Ocho Rios
  • Max Participants: 30
  • Age Range: 12 - 85
  • Room Types: Dorm, Double, Private
  • 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

Building Volunteer Projects Abroad In Jamaica

Our building volunteer projects abroad are perfect for volunteers looking for more physically demanding community service or volunteer work. Get your hands dirty as you work with locals to build and refurbish homes, schools, playgrounds, parks, beaches and more.

 

Jamaica is a developing country, and poverty is all around. Many families live in poor communities and are unable to afford to build proper homes to live in, much less pay for the repair and maintenance of their property.

 

Numerous schools, beaches, parks, churches and businesses also need the assistance of volunteers to help maintain their property, as well as assisting them with building new structures and facilities.

 

Why Construction Volunteer Work Abroad Is Necessary

Oftentimes these organizations are government owned, or receive little to no funding. This forces them to operate on an inadequate budget, which in turn prevents them from properly maintaining the properties to ensure productivity, safety and the sanitation, leading to them becoming run down and ultimately closing.

 

This is why volunteers who can use their time, resources and expertise to help local families and organizations build and repair their properties are needed to join our building volunteer abroad programs here in Jamaica.

 

So if you are looking for a physically stimulating project where you build and maintain facilities that will help to serve and empower a whole generation of Jamaicans, our volunteer building projects abroad are definitely for you.

How You Can Help On Your Volunteer Abroad Construction Program:

  • *Work with a local family to repair furniture, build fences, fix appliances etc.
  • *Volunteer at a school to build a playground, repair desks and chairs, repair fencing and much more
  • *Join Food For The Poor and other local NGOs in building homes for the less fortunate
  • *Visit a building site and offer your skills and expertise to assist local builders
  • *Request an estimate for the project you will be working on in Jamaica
  • *Do a fundraising campaign back home to raise cash and kind needed to complete your project
  • *Help fund and install water tanks, grills, fences, sports nets and more at schools, businesses, churches or at the homes of poor families
  • *Help with homework
Project Details

Building Volunteer Abroad Placement


You will be placed at schools, churches, businesses, homes or building sites in either Kingston, St. Catherine, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril or Trelawney.

 

Amount Of Participants:

This project is open to individuals, couples and groups. We can accommodate as many as 30 volunteers at a time. Special arrangements are needed for larger groups.

 

Requirements:

You must be in reasonable physical condition, without any serious illnesses or health conditions that forbid you from doing moderate to strenuous physical activities.

 

Experience:

No Prior experience is needed to join our volunteer abroad building program. If you have prior building experience, or if you are an expert in a construction area such as carpentry, electrical or masonry, we will be able to place you with projects where you could put your skills to good use.

 

Project Activities:

After you apply, our Program Advisor will contact you to discuss the activities that you would like to engage in during your project. Pre-planning is an important step to an impactful trip, so please think carefully on what your goals are during this time.

 

Here Is A List Of Activities That You Can Choose From On Your Volunteer Construction Abroad Placement

*Visit a school to repairs desks and other equipment
*Help in an ongoing project to build community parks, playgrounds, sports grounds etc.
*Go to the home of a local family in need and assist with volunteer abroad building homes and doing renovation
*Groups can arrange for a day to work alongside Food For The Poor in Jamaica to help build homes
*Receive an estimate for your project cost upon application to raise funds back home and use it to purchase material
*Help with funding and installing gates, fences, water tanks, shelves and other needed infrastructure at local charities, businesses, family homes, churches and schools


If you would like to suggest an activity not listed above, please discuss with your Program Advisor.

 

Resources:

It is likely that your volunteer construction work abroad site will not have all of the necessary equipment, material or funds to complete this project. If at all possible it would be a big help if you were able to put on a fundraising campaign from home to raise funds and collect supplies that you will need to complete your task. We will send you a list of items that will be needed for your project, as well as a link to our fundraising guide.


We will also be happy to send you any documentation that you may need for your fundraising efforts.

 

Combine Experiences

If you would like to combine this experience with another project, please let us know on your application. Popular options that are often combined include:

Volunteer Teaching
Orphanage Volunteer Programs
Sports Coaching
Human Rights Volunteer
Volunteer In Business Development
Women's Empowerment
Social Work/ Sponsor A Family Or Child
Disability Care

 

Duration:

We offer volunteer building projects abroad for a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 3 months. For projects longer than 3 months, you will need to contact us to check visa and other requirements.

 

Your First Day:

On the first day of your project, a Program Advisor will accompany you to the work site, where you will be introduced to either the other workers at the site, or the owners of the property where you will be volunteering. We will spend some time to ensure that you are settled in comfortably, and that you know what you will be doing for the remainder of the day.

We will also make necessary arrangements so that you know where you can purchase lunch.

 

Transportation:

We provide company operated transportation to and from your project daily. This cost is included in your package. We will work off the time indicated on your itinerary, so if you would like to spend more or less time at your project on a particular day, let us know so that we can pick you up at the desired time.

 

Project Completion:

Upon the completion of your project, we will present you with a signed volunteer certificate. We would also be happy to sign any documents that you would need to prove community service hours.

 

Recommended To Take With You:

In order for your building volunteer work abroad to be completely fulfilling and comfortable, we recommend that you take along the following items with you:

*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
*Supplies to assist with your project
*A camera to take pictures
*Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
*A water bottle
*Comfortable shoes
*Any construction gear that you may have

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

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, St. Ann 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
*10% discount off all tours & adventures

 

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 medical insurance here)
*Weekend tour and adventure trips

 

Availability:

These volunteer building schools abroad programs are available all year round.

 

Project Dates & Times:

Projects normally run Monday through Friday, so we ask that volunteers arrive on the weekend, preferably Saturday. If you cannot come on a weekend, we will still accept you.

 

Afternoon & Weekends:

On weekends, and some weekday afternoons, you can opt to partake in our cultural immersion and excursion tours. This is the perfect opportunity for you to not only have fun and blow off steam, but also learn about our rich culture and experience our top attractions. View our available tours and adventures in Jamaica and purchase a few excursions to get the best out of your trip to the island.

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 Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, St. Catherine, Falmouth 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

For construction volunteer abroad groups, you 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 participants in our volunteer abroad construction projects 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 and the room is undamaged. 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:

You will be served fresh Jamaican cuisine for breakfast and dinner daily 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:

Your volunteer building projects abroad Project Cost 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 your 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 work site 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 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 and submitting your volunteer application form 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 Hangouts 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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