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Disability Care Volunteer 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, 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

Special Needs Volunteer Abroad In Jamaica – Join Our Disability Care Volunteer Programs

Here at Jamaica International Projects we have partnered with several schools and homes for the disabled to create our disability care volunteer programs in Jamaica. As a developing nation, many Jamaicans lack the education and knowledge to properly care for the disabled or children with special needs.

 

The few organizations in Jamaica that offer care and support to special needs children are usually understaffed and unequipped to function at an optimal level. This is why volunteers are needed to join our special needs volunteer abroad programs. Not only will volunteers help to lend a hand to this worthy cause, but their presence will raise much needed awareness as well.

How It Works When You Volunteer Abroad With Learning Disabilities

Volunteers will be placed daily in special education schools or homes for the disabled, where they will be able to assist teachers and members of staff with a wide range of duties and functions. A few of these activities include assisting with lessons, providing the children with basic care and showing them love and affection, tutoring students one-on-one or in groups, working on special projects, playing fun games and much more.

 

There are also placements available for adult disability volunteer programs, where you can help them with their daily activities or teach them profitable skills to earn a living. Regardless of the nature of the tasks you chose to engage with on your disability volunteer abroad program, your efforts will undoubtedly provide a positive impact that is sure to enrich and enhance the lives of the special needs and disabled Jamaicans that you encounter.

How Volunteers Can Help On Their Special Needs Volunteer Opportunities Abroad:

  • Arrange fun extracurricular activities such as art and craft, music and dancing, gardening, sports, watch shows etc.
  • Work with special needs adults to help them learn life skills that can be used to earn a living, or assist them with everyday tasks
  • Volunteer to assist children and/or adults with various health conditions such as deafness, blindness, autism, downs syndrome, attention deficit disorder etc. from 5 years old and up
  • Perform administrative duties such as filing, answering phone calls, taking inventory, collecting sponsor/donor information and more
  • Assist in supervising the children, providing care and showing them affection
  • Conduct seminars or presentations in schools, communities, clinics or offices to educate locals on the various mental and physical disabilities and pass out brochures and other informational material
Project Details

Volunteer Abroad Special Needs Project Placement

You will be placed at either a home for the disabled or a special needs school in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Falmouth or St. Catherine.

 

Amount Of Participants:

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

 

Experience:

No prior experience is needed to join our volunteer overseas disability care projects in Jamaica. If you do have experience working with the disabled or persons with special needs, you may qualify for an advanced placement where you will be able to take on more complex tasks while fully using your skills and experience.

 

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 project, so please think carefully on what your goals are during this time.

 

Some Activities That You Can Do While You Volunteer Abroad With Special Needs In Jamaica Are:

*Embark on Down syndrome volunteer opportunities to work with students who have the disorder
*Spend some time doing autism volunteer abroad work here in Jamaica
*Work with children, teenagers or young adults on a learning disability volunteer abroad program
*Visit a home or school for the visually impaired and lend a hand

 

Resources:

Volunteers are encouraged to collect as many resources/donations as possible back home to contribute to the project where they will be volunteering before they depart. We will provide you with a list of their greatest needs during the application process.

 

This is NOT a mandatory step, and you can opt not to collect donations if you do not wish to do so.

 

If you are willing and able to collect donations, we will be happy to provide any support documentation that you may need to aid you in your fundraising efforts. We also encourage you to read our fundraising online guide for some fun tips on how to raise funds for your project here in Jamaica and collect donations.

 

Combine Experiences

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

Teaching & Education
Childcare & Orphanage
Sports Education
Business Development
Construction & Maintenance
Women Empowerment
Legal Aid & Human Rights
Social Work

 

Duration:

Our volunteer abroad disabilities programs run 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 your project site, where you will be introduced to the staff and the students. You will be given a tour of the property and after you have settled in your objectives will be made clear. Before your Program Advisor departs he/she will ensure that you know where to purchase lunch.

 

Transportation:

We provide company operated transportation to and from your project daily. This cost is included in your project cost. 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 Volunteer Certificate signed by our General Manager. 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 volunteer overseas special needs program to be completely fulfilling, 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 (if any)
*A camera to take pictures
*Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
*A reusable 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

Special Needs 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 medical travel insurance here)
*Weekend tour and adventure projects

 

Availability:

Disability care and Down’s syndrome volunteer opportunities in Jamaica 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 accommodate 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 Jamaica tour and adventure packages.

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, 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 disability care volunteer programs 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 an authentic Jamaican 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:

Your disability care volunteer 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 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.

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 documents 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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