Volunteer For Cancer Patients In Jamaica

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

Volunteer For Cancer Patients And Cancer Research Abroad In Jamaica

According to the World Health Organization, more women living in developing countries such as Jamaica are being diagnosed with and dying from breast cancer each year. Per their reports, over 1.7 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, of which 522,000 resulted in death. This ever-increasing statistic is why we need people to volunteer for cancer patients here in Jamaica.


These staggering statistics are indicators that like the rest of the Caribbean, Jamaica has a serious issue with cancer. Due to a poor economy, cancer treatment in Jamaica is often expensive, and there are limited facilities and organizations who assist in cancer awareness and treatment. This is why your help is needed to volunteer for cancer research and awareness.


As a volunteer for cancer you would be able to help spread cancer awareness, work in a cancer treatment clinic to help in various capacities while receiving hands on training, assist in administering chemo-therapy among other duties.


Because of the technical nature of this program, it is perfect for those in medical school seeking practical experience, and we are able to offer an internship for this program if requested. So if you found yourself asking how to volunteer for cancer patients, you should join our volunteer to help cancer patients programs in Jamaica to provide much needed support.


How You Can Help On Your Cancer Volunteer Programs In Jamaica:

  • *Visit schools, communities, corporate organizations and other institutions to educate Jamaicans about the various types of cancer
  • *Promote cancer awareness and the importance of early detection and screening Island-wide in schools, workplaces, churches, health centres and at health fairs
  • *Set up Cancer and healthy life style talks, displays and demonstrations, pap smears and breast examinations at events and organizations
  • *Volunteer your services and get hands on experience while working with volunteer for cancer organizations to screen for cervical, breast and prostate cancer
  • *Work with trained staff to assist with diagnosis and treatment services for cancer patients
  • *Assist with performing mammographies onsite and on the road using the mobile mammography vehicle
  • *Provide counselling services and emotional support for cancer patients
  • *Join Jamaica Reach to Recovery to help support, counsel and visit breast cancer patients and survivors
  • *Perform support tasks to a local cancer society or volunteer cancer organizations, such as administration, data entry, event preparation, decoration, public speaking, outreach programs, logistics or computer skills
Project Details

Volunteering For Cancer Patients Project Placements

You will be placed at a cancer research clinic or treatment facility in Kingston or Montego Bay.


You will have the option of working with various types of cases, such as volunteering for cancer kids, volunteer for breast cancer awareness or ovarian cancer volunteer opportunities. You can choose a placement that specializes in one particular type of cancer, or work with them all.


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 cancer volunteer abroad programs, however if you have qualifications or experience as a medical practitioner, or a medical student, you may be able to perform more advanced procedures during this program.


Project Activities:

We will contact you during the application process to discuss the activities that you would like to engage in during this program and where you would like to be placed. Pre-planning is the greatest step to ensure that your program is impactful, so please plan ahead.



If you would like to bring along resources to help you with your volunteer work for cancer patients in Jamaica, or would like to make donations to cancer volunteer organizations, we will provide you with a list of items that they need the most. You can go on donation drives and do fundraising back home to gain these resources.


This is NOT a mandatory part of your program, and you can choose not to do so.


If you do wish to partake in fundraising back home, read through our travel crowdfunding & fundraising guide for great tips and ideas to help raise money for your trip to Jamaica. We will also provide you with any documentation needed to apply for grants and funding.



Our volunteer for cancer programs run for a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 3 months. If you wish for a longer program we will need to check your country’s visa requirements.


Your First Day:

On the first day of your project, your Program Advisor will introduce you to the local staff, and you will be given a tour of the property. Once your Program Advisor ensures that you are settled in and are clear on your objectives, he/she will show you where to purchase lunch daily.



Your program includes daily transportation to and from your project. We will drop you off and pick you up based on the times on your itinerary, so if you wish to spend more or less time at your project on specific days, let us know so that we can make proper arrangements.


Project Completion:

When you complete your project, you will be presented a signed Certificate of Participation from our General Manager. We will also sign any documentation that you require to authenticate community service hours.


Recommended To Take With You:

We recommend that persons joining our volunteer for cancer charities programs bring along the following items for a comfortable and fulfilling 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

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



Volunteer services for cancer patients are available all year round from Mondays to Fridays. It may be possible to arrange projects on the weekends if you desire.


Project Dates & Times:

We ask 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. Visit our tour/adventure page to learn about the best things to do 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 Kingston or Montego Bay. 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 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 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:

You will be served your welcome meal on the day of your arrival.


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 Cancer 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 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 information about volunteer work for cancer in Jamaica on this page and make a decision 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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