Orthopedic Volunteer Opportunities 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

Orthopedic Volunteer Opportunities & Physical Therapy Volunteer Abroad Programs In Jamaica

Do you have experience as a Bone Specialist? Is your area of expertise physiotherapy perhaps? Maybe you are a doctor or medical student? Or is it that you are simply interested in travelling to Jamaica to help in any way that you can, and you think this program is your best option? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then our physical therapy volunteer abroad programs and orthopedic volunteer opportunities are perfect for you.


Many patients in Jamaica, especially the elderly suffer from arthritis, joint conditions and other bone defects that require urgent care. Physical therapy is also needed to help overcome debilitating complications that affect functionality, such as arthritis or strokes. Physiotherapy is needed now in Jamaica more than ever, thanks to the outbreak of Chikungunya and the Zika Virus, which has left many Jamaicans in excruciating pain. This is your chance to step up and help patients in Jamaica.

Program For Orthopedic Volunteers Overseas In Jamaica

Our orthopedic volunteer and physical therapy international volunteer projects will place you in communities and areas where there is urgent need for assistance. They are perfect for medical students, health care professionals, trained doctors or volunteers looking to give back while learning new skills. This is your chance to travel abroad and gain on the job experience while utilizing your skills and knowledge to help the less fortunate in Jamaica.


Some Activities You Can Do On Your Physiotherapy Volunteer Abroad Project Are:

  • Work with a local team of experts to correct abnormalities in bone structure and mass
  • Assist in curing skeletal diseases and fractures
  • Observe Orthopaedic surgeons performing procedures such as joint replacement surgery
  • Observe and help evaluate cases of sports injuries, arthritis, bone and muscle injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, ganglions and more
  • Help clients with rehabilitation and therapy
  • Provide administrative support for the office of the Physician or Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Help patients with lower back pain, sprains, heel spurs and arthritis with therapy to the injured area
  • Assist persons who have suffered from strokes to regain functionality in joints and limbs through exercise and physiotherapy
  • Visit communities, schools and organizations to educate locals on the importance of caring for bones and joints, and measures to take to prevent bone, joint and muscle injuries, especially in the elderly
Project Details

Volunteer Abroad Physical Therapy & Orthopaedic Volunteer Project Placements

We will place you at an orthopaedic clinic or physical therapy facility in Kingston, Saint Catherine, Montego Bay or Saint Ann.


Amount Of Participants:

This project can accommodate up to 30 volunteers at a time. If you have a larger group we will need to make special arrangements.



You do not need experience to join our physiotherapy abroad volunteer program, however medical students and persons with experience in these areas will have the opportunity for an advanced placement.


Project Activities:

We will contact you during the application process to discuss your goals for this program, and what activities you would like to do. We ask that you pre-plan your experience if you truly wish to make an impact, and to help us give you the best placement.



We will provide you with a list of items that your volunteer project is in need of. You can source some of these resources and donate them to your project when you arrive in Jamaica. This is dependent upon your preferences, so if you would prefer not to collect any resources this will not affect your application status.


If you would like help raising money to help pay for your trip or to buy supplies, read our fundraising / crowdfunding guide for unique tips and ideas on how to raise funds for your trip. We will also provide you with any support documents that you may need to apply for grants or funding.



We offer orthopaedic & physical therapy international volunteer opportunities that run from 1 week upwards to 3 months. If you desire a longer program than this, you will need to check the consular office of your country for visa requirements.


Your First Day:

On the first day of your project, a Program Advisor will accompany you to introduce you to the local staff, as well as to show you around the facility. Before he/she departs he will show you where to purchase lunch daily and ensure that you are fully settled in and are clear on your objectives.



You will be transported to and from your project daily by our company approved drivers. We will work off your itinerary to ensure that we pick you up each day on time.


Project Completion:

After you complete the program you will receive a Certificate of Participation signed by our General Manager. If you have any forms for us to sign proving volunteer hours, we will do so as well.


Recommended To Take With You:

The following items will make your stay in Jamaica during your volunteer physical therapy abroad program more comfortable:


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



Physical therapy volunteer opportunities abroad are available all year round in Jamaica, from Mondays to Fridays. It may be possible to arrange projects on the weekends if you desire.


Project Dates & 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 & 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 Jamaica 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 Orthopaedic & Physiotherapy volunteer abroad 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 physical therapy volunteer international 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.

How to Join Us


Read through all the information about our orthopaedic volunteer work & physio volunteering abroad program thoroughly and decide if it is right 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, 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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