Nutrition Volunteer Opportunities Abroad In Jamaica

Additional Info
  • Processing Fee: $150 - $300 USD
  • Dates Available: Year round
  • Volunteer Site: St. Catherine, Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
  • Max Participants: 30
  • Age Range: 12 - 85
  • Minimum Stay: 1 week
  • Maximum Stay: 3 months
  • Our Social Work: We donate 5% to charity
  • Group Discount: Yes (5 or more travelers)
  • Tour Discount: 10% off all tours/excursions

Nutrition Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteer Dietitian Abroad In Jamaica

Do you have a background in dietetics and nutrition? Is one of your dreams to travel abroad to share your skills, knowledge and experience with the less fortunate living in a third world country? If your answer is yes, then joining our nutrition volunteer opportunities in Jamaica will help you achieve this goal.


At Jamaica International Projects we have partnered with many local dietitians, private practices and clinics to place our volunteers. Many of these facilities are understaffed with limited resources, so they will be glad for any available assistance. Volunteers are needed to perform important tasks such as advising patients about the proper dietary guidelines for themselves and families.


Some patients that you will work with are diabetics, persons suffering from hypertension or renal failure, the obese, anorexia nervosa patients and more. Your duty will be to advise them on proper dieting, as well as to prepare dietary guides for them. You will also have the chance to go to schools and orphanages to give out care packages and put on a presentation to locals about eating a balanced diet. During the first days of your program you will learn about the main food groups in Jamaica so you can compare to your home country.


For certified paediatricians, nutritionists, nurses and doctors in training, your skills will be put to good use during our nutrition volunteering opportunities. If you lack experience, you can still join this program and make a difference.


What You Can Do On Your Nutrition Volunteer Work Abroad Program:

  • *Work in a medical facility to advise patients of how to eat a balanced diet
  • *Give dietary advice to patients suffering from a wide range of health issues and diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol etc.
  • *Shadow a nutritionist to asses and diagnose patients, perform administrative tasks and more
  • *Visit local schools and communities to spread the importance of proper nutrition to locals
  • *Conduct presentations and expos on proper nutrition and distribute educational material throughout communities in Jamaica
  • *Go to companies and communities to offer free medical check-ups and test cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight etc.
  • *Do a fundraising campaign back home to raise cash and kind to donate to the hospital or clinic where you will be volunteering
  • *Work with a local charity to feed the homeless and hungry
Project Details

Nutrition Volunteer Work Abroad Project Placements

You will be placed at either a clinic, hospital or a private nutritionist practice in Kingston, Saint Catherine, Montego Bay or St. Ann.


Amount Of Participants:

Up to 30 volunteers can join this project at the same time. Larger groups will need to make special arrangements.



Training as a medical student or prior experience working in the field of nutrition will allow you to be considered for an advanced placement. If you do not have any experience, we will still find you a suitable placement.


Project Activities:

Following acceptance of your application, your Program Advisor will set up an interview to discuss the activities that you would like to do on your volunteer abroad nutrition project. We suggest that you begin planning your activities as soon as possible, so that you can have a clear goal in your mind as to what you hope to accomplish.



If you desire you can collect donations and resources back home to take to Jamaica and offer them to your project placement. We will send you a list of their greatest needs if you wish to do so.


We have also created an insightful fundraising guide to help volunteers with tips on how to raise funds to cover the cost of their trip to Jamaica. If you need any documentation to prove you have been accepted into our program, we can send you these documents. These can be used to apply for funding and grants back home.


Combine Experiences

We offer the option to combine this program with other experiences for a more diverse project. Some of the projects that you can combine with this 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



Our Nutrition volunteer abroad program runs for a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 3 months. Check the visa requirements of your country for travelling to Jamaica if you wish to stay longer.


Your First Day:

Your Program Advisor will accompany you on the first day of your project to introduce you to the local staff and show you around the property. He/she will also show you where to purchase lunch and ensure that you are clear on your objectives before departing.



Each day a trusted company driver will take you to and from your project. Our drivers operate on a timely manner and are courteous. They will work with you based on the times in your itinerary.


Project Completion:

Upon the completion of your project you will be given a Certificate of Participation signed by our General Manager. If you have any documents to prove community service hours, we will sign those as well.


Recommended To Take With You:

When you join our nutrition volunteer opportunities abroad 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
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

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, 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 medical insurance here)
Weekend tour and adventure projects



Our nutrition volunteer opportunities abroad 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 fun 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 tour and attraction packages, and add them to your program to enhance your experience in Jamaica.

Accommodation and Transportation




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, 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 volunteer abroad nutrition 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.



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.




Airport Pickup:

Your nutrition volunteer 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 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


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



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.



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, Accommodation Package 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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