Teach Chinese As A Foreign Language In Jamaica

Additional Info
  • Processing Fee: $150 - $300 USD
  • Dates Available: Year round
  • Volunteer Site: St. Catherine, Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, 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

How To Teach Mandarin Abroad – Volunteer To Teach Chinese As A Second Language In Jamaica

Have you been wondering how to teach Mandarin abroad? Are you fluent in speaking Mandarin Chinese and would like to share your knowledge of the language and culture overseas? If you found yourself answering yes to any of the previous questions, you should come and volunteer to teach Chinese abroad in Jamaica.


This is a perfect opportunity for you to immerse yourself into our Jamaican culture while you teach locals about the Chinese culture in return. Jamaica’s dominant language is English, although you will find many locals speaking Patois, which is our colourful local dialect. You will interact with Jamaicans of all ages, especially students from elementary all the way up to the high school level.


You will be placed in schools and communities to teach Chinese to children, teenagers and young adults. For many this will be their only opportunity to learn a new language, as they could not afford to do so otherwise. This would also be greatly beneficial to you, as you will add valuable volunteer experience to your resume when you teach Chinese overseas.


You can also inject fun tours and adventure into your teach foreigner Chinese volunteer program in Jamaica by adding our tour packages to your program. Join tours on weekends and on afternoons after your project is complete. So if you wish to join a truly immersive teach Chinese language and culture volunteer program abroad, apply now to get started.


Some Activities You Can Do On Your Teach Mandarin Chinese Program Abroad Are:

  • *Volunteer to teach Chinese to kids and young adults in schools and communities
  • *Teach Chinese characters, alphabet, numbers, salutations and more to Jamaicans
  • *Conduct presentations to teach locals about the many aspects of the Chinese culture, such as traditional dressings, food, music, games and more
  • *Interact with locals and share in their stories
  • *Learn how to speak Patios, our Jamaican dialect as you interact with more and more Jamaicans
  • *Sample our rich Jamaican culture by enjoying our food, basking in our warm climate, relaxing on the beach or embarking on tours during weekends and evenings
Project Details

Teach Chinese Abroad Volunteer Project Placements:

We offer two types of project placements for our teach Mandarin Chinese volunteer programs. Volunteers who are certified to teach Mandarin Chinese will qualify for a placement at the Language Training Centre in Jamaica to conduct classes and teach adults.


For volunteers who are not qualified, you will be placed in an elementary school, junior high or high school in the Kingston, Saint Catherine or Saint Andrew areas. You can also spend a day or two volunteering in a community centre to teach a group of Jamaicans as well.



To join this program you must be able to read, write and speak English and Mandarin Chinese fluently.


Project Activities:

After your application has been reviewed, we will contact you to discuss the activities that you would like to engage in during your teach Chinese as a foreign language program. We encourage all volunteers to plan out their goals and what they hope to accomplish during the program. You should also evaluate your skills and talents and think of what you wish to share with Jamaicans the most.


Cultural Learning Aids

A great way of supplementing your program is to take along special cultural items to show to the locals while you are teaching. Some items you can take along include traditional clothing, food items, board games, musical instruments and more. This is an excellent way to give students a first-hand look at your culture.



We provide fundraising assistance to all our volunteers, so if you would like ideas to help you pay for your trip to Jamaica, you should read our fundraising guide. We can also provide you with letters to help you apply for funding or grants from your school/place of employment.


Combine Projects

You can combine this project if you wish to add another aspect to your volunteer adventure. Some popular projects to 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


Program Length

Our teach Chinese as a second language volunteer programs run from a minimum of 1 week up to a maximum of 3 months. If you are planning to stay longer than this, we will need to check your country’s visa requirements for staying that long in Jamaica.


Your First Day:

On the first day of your project your Program Advisor will accompany you to introduce you to the local staff and assist you with settling in. He/she will show you where to purchase lunch daily as well as show you around the property before you begin your project.


Daily Transportation:

Each day our company drivers will transfer you to and from your project. They will operate based on the time on your itinerary, so if you wish to spend more or less time at your project on a particular day, let us know in advance so that we can make the necessary adjustments.


Project Completion:

At the end of your project, we will present you with a Certificate Of Participation signed by our General Manager, and sign any documents that you may need as proof for volunteer or community service hours completed.


Recommended To Take With You:

You should take along the following items with you on your teach Chinese language volunteer program to get the most out of the experience:


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

Teach Chinese 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 medical insurance here)
Weekend tour and adventure projects



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 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, 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 volunteering to teach mandarin Chinese 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 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 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, 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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