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Best Family Volunteer Vacations Abroad In Jamaica

Additional Info
  • Processing Fee: $150 USD
  • Weekly Cost: $725 usd 1 week
  • Dates Available: Year round
  • Volunteer Site: St. Catherine, Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, 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

Best Family Volunteer Vacations Abroad – Volunteer Vacations For Singles & Groups

Searching for the best family volunteer vacations abroad? Or are you seeking volunteer vacations for singles where you will do much more than soak up the sun on white sandy beaches and explore Jamaica’s most famous attractions? If you answered yes, then a volunteer vacation in Jamaica is the best choice for you.

 

Voluntourism is continually rising in popularity globally, as more and more travellers are looking to combine their vacation experience with impactful volunteer work. Imagine how good you will feel to know that you not only had an awesome vacation experience in Jamaica, but that you also did some good and gave back to the underprivileged.

 

This is your chance to immerse in a new and exciting culture while you meet and work with Jamaicans daily, strengthen your bond with your spouse and family, give back to the less fortunate and have AMAZING fun and adventures while exploring the most amazing attractions that Jamaica has to offer.

 

You can attend Reggae Shows, learn to cook Jamaican dishes, climb cascading waterfalls, trek up the Blue Mountains and much more for the vacation aspect of your program, and combine that with meaning projects such as volunteering in an orphanage, teaching at a school, helping with building programs, animal care etc.

 

Some Volunteer Opportunities You Can Join On Your Volunteer Abroad Vacations Are:

Volunteer In An Orphanage
Teaching Volunteer
Sports Coaching
Building Maintenance
Business Development
Women’s Empowerment
Sponsor A Child/Family
Animal Care & Rehabilitation
Medical Volunteering
Teach A Foreign Language
Environmental Conservation

 

In addition to the volunteer projects listed above, we also have exciting tours and adventures for both singles and families to enjoy and have fun.

 

Some Of Our Most Popular Tours And Adventures Are:

  • Rio Grande Rafting
  • Dolphin Cove
  • Dunn’s River Falls
  • Snorkelling
  • Cave Exploration
  • Zip lining
  • White River Tubing
  • Bob Marley Museum
  • Appleton Estate Rum Tour
  • Shopping Excursion
  • Craighton Coffee Tour
  • Blue Mountains
  • Glistening Waters/Luminous Lagoon
  • Black River Safari
  • Negril Highlights

 

 

For a full list of our tours and excursions available, visit our tours and adventures in Jamaica page.

 

So if you are thinking of travelling overseas solo and seeking to embark on volunteer vacations for singles, or a group searching for the best family volunteer vacations abroad we can assist you in arranging the perfect program in Jamaica!

Project Details

Volunteer Vacation Abroad Placements In Jamaica

You will be placed with a volunteer project of your choosing in either Kingston, St. Ann (Ocho Rios), Montego Bay, Negril, Mandeville or St. Catherine, based on the type of volunteer program you would like to join.

 

Amount Of Participants:

This project is open to individuals, couples, families 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 abroad vacation trips to Jamaica.

 

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

 

Some Activities That You Can Do On The Best Volunteer Vacations Abroad In Jamaica Are:

  • Volunteer on meaningful and impactful projects in Jamaica while working on worthy causes such as sports coaching, visiting an orphanage, beach & coastal clean-up efforts, social work & humanitarian relief, medical mission, building and repair projects and much more
  • Try your hand as a teacher’s assistant and visit an elementary school, primary school or high school to teach subjects such as physical education, mathematics, art & craft, science, music and more
  • Volunteers who can speak and write a second language fluently will also be able to teach local students and young adults how to speak and write that language
  • During free time and weekends, you can embark on thrilling adventures such as swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, visiting the Blue Mountain, cave exploration, Bob Marley Museum and much, MUCH more
  • Learn about our rich Jamaican culture by joining our food tours, visiting the Maroon village, taking a Patios lesson, touring a Rastafarian settlement, learning about the life of a fisherman etc.

 

If you would like to suggest an activity not listed above, please discuss this with your Program Advisor.

 

Resources:

The project(s) that you choose to undertake on your family volunteer vacations abroad in Jamaica may be in need of some resources in order to be completed effectively. We can provide you with a list of these resources if you would like to collect donations back home.

 

This is NOT mandatory, so you do not have to do this aspect of the project.

 

If you are interested in raising funds, we will be delighted to provide you with any support documentation that you may require, and we also encourage you to read our fundraising and crowdfunding guide for fun tips on how to raise funds and collect donations for your trip to Jamaica.

 

Duration:

We offer projects 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 volunteer site, where you will be introduced to the local staff and given a tour of the property. Before your Program Advisor departs he/she will ensure that you know where to purchase lunch and that you have settled in and are aware of your objectives.

 

Transportation:

We provide company operated transportation to and from your project daily and to and from all tour related activities. This cost is included in your package. 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 affordable family volunteer vacations to be truly 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 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 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)
Additional weekend tour and adventure projects

 

Availability:

Volunteer vacation tours are available all year round.

 

Project Dates and Times:

Volunteer 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 And 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 available Jamaica tours and adventures and select tours that you wish to maximize your experience in Jamaica.

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 Kingston, Montego Bay, or St. Ann (Ocho Rios), St. Catherine, Negril and more. 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

If you are a member of a volunteer vacation abroad group, you 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 arrival date. 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. This will consist of an authentic Jamaican 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:

As a part of your volunteer abroad vacation package we will meet you at either 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 or bus stop.

 

How to Join Us

Research:

Read through the 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 email, 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 Volunteer 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 program fee and submitting your volunteer application form 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 Program 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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