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Our volunteer orphanage abroad programs are ideal for individuals with a passion for helping children and an interest in traveling abroad to offer their time and services. The volunteer orphanage abroad projects we provide will give you the opportunity to support underprivileged children in Jamaica, offering care, support, and educational assistance.

Overview

Volunteer Orphanage Abroad Projects in Jamaica

Many children in orphanages, or children’s homes as they are referred to in Jamaica do not have access to the basic necessities and emotional support needed for their development. Volunteers are essential in providing these children with the care and love they need. By joining our volunteer orphanage abroad programs, you can engage with local communities, work directly with children, and support the daily operations of orphanages. These orphanage volunteer opportunities abroad will provide you with a priceless learning experience, as well as the chance to share your knowledge and skills, nurture children who are less fortunate and try your best to make a difference, however small.

Why should you join orphanage volunteer abroad projects?

Volunteer orphanage abroad opportunities offer more than just a change of scenery and stress relief; they provide a chance for adventure and genuine connections. Unlike the predictable experiences at tourist destinations, volunteering opens doors to unexpected and enriching encounters. Here’s why you should consider a volunteer orphanage program abroad:

  • Challenge Yourself: Join a volunteer in Jamaica orphanage project, where you will make a difference in children’s lives while embarking on a journey of self-discovery.
  • Meaningful Engagement: Engage authentically with local communities and forge lasting friendships.
  • Personal Growth: Discover new passions, strengths, weaknesses, or even a new life purpose.
  • Learning and Development: Learn from your experiences to emerge as a more effective contributor to global well-being.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience the vibrant culture of Jamaica with interactive culture lessons, and numerous tours and adventures, including visits to museums and indigenous communities.
  • Versatile Experiences: Enjoy a balanced mix of volunteering, fun, and sightseeing, ensuring a holistic and memorable experience.

Your Rewards for volunteer orphanage abroad

  • Make an impact on a rewarding experience abroad
  • Up to 40 volunteer hours each week
  • Volunteer certificate
  • Cultural immersion certificate
  • Language certificate (Patois)
  • Travel Safety & Security certificate
  • 10% off all tours & adventures

Details

What Qualifications or Experience do I need to perform volunteer work abroad with children?

You do not need prior experience to join our volunteer orphanage abroad programs, however, if you wish for more advanced placements where you will be doing skill based tasks, such as training or evaluating staff at the homes, performing healthcare checks on the children such as dental or vision screenings or counselling the children, then you will need relevant qualifications and experience. Professionals will need to provide such qualifications during application to secure advanced placements.

Ideal Volunteers

  • Anyone who likes working with children
  • Professionals with relevant experience
  • University students majoring in related fields such as social work or human rights
  • Teens and young adults who would like to explore working with children
  • Couples and families looking to bond with some children in Jamaica and experience a different world view
  • Corporate groups
  • Business owners
  • Mature volunteers
  • High school and university groups

Planning Your volunteer orphanage abroad Project Activities

We encourage all volunteers to pre-plan for their volunteer orphanage abroad projects. This ensures you will make the biggest impact during your project. When you are accepted to join, we will advise and assist you with brainstorming about the activities you wish to do during your project. We can also schedule a meeting with you to go over the activities you have planned.

What can you do during your orphanage volunteer opportunities:

  • Embark on community outreach programs to provide support, distribute educational material, and educate the public on the needs of orphanages.
  • Volunteer in local orphanages to assist with daily operations, care for children, and provide educational support.
  • Assist with organizing activities, teaching, and mentoring children.
  • Visit local schools, clinics, and other organizations to educate locals on the importance of supporting orphanages.
  • Do a fundraising campaign back home to raise cash and kind to donate to the orphanage where you will be volunteering.


These are just some examples. Feel free to discuss any other activities you would like to engage in during your project.

What will your first day be like?

The first day of your volunteer orphanage abroad project will see you visiting your volunteer site accompanied by your Project Advisor. You will get a tour of the property, get introduced to your team members, receive a brief orientation, and learn where to get lunch.

How will I spend Afternoons and Weekends?

On some afternoons and weekends when you do not have any volunteer work planned, you can purchase a tour and adventure package to have some fun during your orphanage volunteer abroad project. You are also free to make your own arrangements on weekends.

What happens after the volunteer orphanage abroad Project ends?

After your volunteer abroad orphanage project is completed, we will award you with your Volunteer Certificate, signed by our Managing Director. If you have any documents that verify your volunteer or service hours, we will be happy to sign those as well.

Do I need any Resources For Volunteer Orphanage Projects?

We strongly encourage all participants looking to volunteer in orphanages abroad with us in Jamaica to do some form of fundraising back home to gather resources that can be donated. These include educational supplies, clothing, toys, etc. We will send you a list of needed resources for your volunteer site.

Recommended To Take With You

  • Money to purchase lunch ($3 – $5 USD per day)
  • Insect repellent to prevent mosquito and bug bites
  • Supplies to assist with your project
  • A camera to take pictures
  • Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Notebook or electronic device to take notes
  • Cash for any shopping or excursions
  • Water shoes if you plan on swimming

Pricing & Requirements

Volunteer Orphanage Abroad Packages

Tuition for our orphanage volunteer programs

*All fees listed below are in USD and priced Per Person

Enrollment Fees

Project Format Enrollment Fee
Placement Only Enrollment Fee $299
Full Project Enrollment fee $150

Full Project Tuition

Project Duration Tuition
1 Week $999
2 Weeks $1,499
3 Weeks $1,999
4 Weeks $2,499
Extra Weeks $500

Tour & Adventure Packages

Tour Packages Cost
Ocho Rios Adventure & Kingston Highlights $300
Portland Escapade & Blue Mountain Trek $300

Tour add-ons are done on weekends and include multiple attractions and all entrance fees

Placement Only volunteer orphanage abroad Projects Include:
  • Guaranteed placement within an organization in Jamaica where you will volunteer or intern
  • Do meaningful volunteer or work activities within your program
  • Enrollment in our Jamaican culture course for a thorough lesson on the different aspects of the Jamaican way of life
  • Receive lessons in Jamaican Patois, our island’s native and somewhat popular dialect
  • Jamaican safety and security course
  • A dedicated Project Advisor who will check in with you during your project to ensure you are on track and to solve any issues that may arise
  • Receive a volunteer/internship certificate at the end of your project
  • Complete up to 40 hours of volunteer hours or internship hours per week during your project
  • Develop your critical thinking skills as you solve daily problems as they arise

Highlights of the Full Volunteer in an Orphanage Projects:

  • Dorm accommodation at Barnett’s Homestay
  • Air-conditioned room, WiFi, cable television, and more
  • Receive full breakfast and dinner each day
  • Transportation to and from your volunteer project daily
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off at the beginning and end of your project
  • Welcome kit with your itinerary, emergency contact info, brochures and other surprises
  • Receive pre-arrival support with planning your project
  • Meet other volunteers, interns or students from around the world who may join during your stay
  • 24-hour support while in Jamaica

Barnett’s Homestay – Jamaican Homebase

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Our primary accommodation is Barnett’s Homestay, located in the quiet community of Portmore, St. Catherine. You will stay with Jomo Barnett, the Director of Jamaica International Projects, and his family during your project. This is your chance to live with a Jamaican family and learn our culture.

Amenities at Barnett’s Homestay include:

  • Shared dorm room with air conditioning and spacious beds
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • Eat authentic and delicious Jamaican meals, or request meals for special diets
  • Private room available upon request
  • WiFi
  • Rooms and common areas cleaned daily
  • Clean towels, wash rags, blankets and bed linen provided
  • Live with a local family and learn our culture
  • Cable television
  • Work area
  • Games and activities planned each night

Requirements for Our Volunteer in an Orphanage Jamaica

What do you need to join the ranks of volunteer orphanage abroad? The minimum age to enroll alone is 16 years old. Volunteers under 16 looking to join this project must be accompanied by an adult.

Once you have applied and paid your enrollment fee and project tuition, there are a few documents we’ll ask you to share with us:

  • 2 Reference letters (1 personal, 1 professional)
  • 1 recent photo ID (passport, national ID, school ID, or driver’s license)
  • Proof of travel insurance (if you do not have insurance you can purchase it here)
  • Flight itinerary
  • Completed orphanage volunteer abroad project application
  • Proof of qualifications if you have any


Email these to your Project Advisor during the enrollment process, or you can submit them during your application.

How Do Our Orphanage Volunteer Projects Work?

Volunteer orphanage opportunities are designed for a mature audience seeking meaningful volunteering experiences. Here’s what to expect:

  • Comprehensive Support: From arrival to departure, receive full support to maximize your strengths and gain valuable experiences.
  • Orientation: Begin with an orientation session to understand local culture and project expectations, ensuring a smooth start.
  • Peer Interaction: Connect with like-minded volunteers, fostering potential lifelong friendships.
  • Daily Debriefs: Engage in daily discussions with your Project Advisor to address concerns and share experiences about your orphanage volunteer opportunities.
  • Safety and Security: Benefit from the presence of a first-aid certified Program Advisor, security-equipped homestays, and consistent support throughout your stay.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Stay in homestays with amenities like free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and daily cleaning. Private rooms available for families and couples at an additional cost.
  • Cultural Immersion: Live with a local family for a genuine cultural experience, treated as a family member rather than just a guest.
  • Inclusive Meals: Enjoy included breakfast and dinner with accommodations for special dietary needs (e.g., gluten-free, vegan, diabetic).
  • Leisure Activities: Participate in organized evening activities and weekend outings, including cultural tours and local dining experiences.
  • Transportation Provided: All transportation for activities and projects is included, ensuring ease and safety in travel.

This structured and supportive environment ensures a fulfilling and safe experience for volunteers focused on helping orphanages.

Enrollment

When you are ready to enroll in our volunteer abroad with children in Jamaica, you can begin our simple enrollment process. Our team is always just a quick call or message away. Follow these steps to start planning and preparing for the volunteer experience of a lifetime.

Research & Get the Facts

Step 1: Research

Read through this page, what is included in our volunteer orphanage abroad project and decide if this project is a right fit for you. Consider the costs involved, project durations, the requirements, and what you are able to do.

Step 2: Learn about us

Feel free to learn more about us and what we stand for. Read about us, check out our reviews, download our volunteer brochure, or read through our FAQ.

Step 3: Open a dialogue with family and advisors

Start talking with your parents or guardian, friends, academic advisors, or mentors about the volunteer orphanage abroad program, why you want to join and what you hope to accomplish during your trip. Be sure to share our website or brochure with them.

Step 4: Connect with a Project Advisor

Reach out to us to connect with a Project Advisor who will guide you through the enrollment process, answer any questions you have, help you set your goals and itinerary, and meet with you and your parents or guardians to provide more information about the volunteer at an orphanage abroad program in Jamaica.

Admissions & Getting Started

Step 1: Apply

Complete the application form. By applying you won’t be making a commitment or locking yourself into the project, so you are free to explore other options and compare our projects with other volunteer organizations. Instead, your application will help us better advise you, plan your itinerary and customize a project for you. We review and respond to applications within 48 hours.

Step 2: Meet us

Schedule a virtual meeting with us. If you are under 18, you are required to have a parent or guardian present. Meetings are done on Zoom, Google Meets, or via phone call.

Step 3: Review the childcare volunteer abroad tuition cost

Review the offer email, which includes the cost, sample itinerary, what is included, and what you need to submit.

Step 4: Secure your volunteer orphanage abroad placement

Pay the Enrollment Fee and the Project Tuition. You have the option to pay the Project Tuition in full or request a payment plan.

Step 5: Start submitting documents

Submit outstanding payments and documents. The documents you should submit include:

  • 2 Reference letters (1 personal, 1 professional)
  • 1 recent photo ID (passport, national ID, school ID, or driver’s license)
  • Proof of travel insurance
  • Completed application form
  • CV or resume
  • Proof of qualifications (if you are certified or have experience in a specific field)
  • Flight itinerary (Full Projects)

Pre-Arrival Prep & Getting Ready To Go

Step 1: Onboarding call

Within a month of the start date of your volunteer orphanage abroad program, we will host a 30-minute onboarding call on Zoom or Google Meets with you. This includes an official welcome, tips and guides, and virtual orientation. You will get access to our language, culture, and our travel safety and security course online that you can complete at your own pace.

Step 2: Ensure you are travel ready

Check your passport to ensure it will not expire during your trip, research if you need a visa to stay in your host country, obtain a travel medical insurance plan that covers you during your volunteer orphanage abroad program, and book your flights.

Step 3: Finalize your enrollment

Confirm that all fees are paid, and submit all required documents.

F.A.Q.

Who can volunteer with orphans in Jamaica?

There is no restriction on the nationalities that can participate in our international orphanage volunteer opportunities.

Yes! Read our reviews to see what our past volunteers and interns have to say about us, and during the enrollment process, you can request to connect with a past volunteer/intern.

This depends on the time of year that you join, but you may meet other volunteers during your project. Keep in mind that other volunteers and interns may be enrolled in a different project than yours.

You must be 16 years old or older to enroll on your own. If you are younger than 16, you will have to enroll with a parent or guardian. For a full list of requirements check out this list. Jamaica is an English-speaking country, so you should be able to read, write and speak English (you don’t need to be fluent).

No experience or qualifications are required, just a willingness to do a great job and have lots of fun. We encourage you to share any dietary needs or any special accommodations needed for your participation. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about choosing the right program for you.

Beyond the program tuition and enrollment fee, consider these additional costs to ensure a smooth and worry-free financial experience:

  • Travel: This includes flights and any in-country transportation needs you might incur back in your home country.
  • Daily Expenses: Budget for personal spending on snacks, shopping, laundry, and other incidentals.
  • Extra Adventures: Factor in costs for optional tours, excursions, and additional meals if desired.
  • Essentials: Remember travel medical insurance is required. You may also have to pay a visa fee to visit Jamaica depending on your nationality. We recommend budgeting for gratuities as well.

We accept payments by credit card or international wire transfer. You have the option to pay in full or go on a payment plan.

Looking for sponsorships or grants? While we don’t offer them directly, we can still help! Check with your school, parents/guardians, and mentors – they might have travel scholarships or grants available. We will assist with any application paperwork you need.

Need help funding your trip? Our detailed fundraising guide offers two options:

  • Launch a crowdfunding campaign: This guide will walk you through setting up a campaign to get support from friends, family, and others.
  • Discover creative fundraising ideas: Get inspired with a list of unique ways to raise money for your adventure.

To get the most out of your work in an orphanage abroad, starting on the recommended Sunday is ideal. This way, you’ll participate in the initial orientation alongside your fellow participants, ensuring everyone is on the same page from the beginning. Need to adjust your arrival date? No problem! Just let us know before enrolling, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

Absolutely! Everything is better with friends. You can join with a parent, friend, sibling, or spouse and share a room (based on availability).

Yes! We take your safety and security seriously. Some steps we take to keep you safe during your trip include:

  • Vetted project sites
  • Accommodations with cameras and security systems
  • A detailed course on safety in Jamaica
  • Professional and licensed drivers take you to and from projects and destinations daily
  • We take you to the supermarket or ATM and transfer you safely
  • All employees do background checks


Follow this link for more information on how we keep you safe.

Reviews

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Julia P.

Couple Traveller

This was a life changing experience. The children were so great. They gave me and taught me so much more than I gave them. This was one of the most satisfying trips I’ve ever done. Jomo, his mother, and Dwayne were great hosts and caretakers. Jamaica and its people will forever be in my heart.

May 19, 2022

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What The Enrollment Fee Includes:

  • Guaranteed placement within an organization in Jamaica where you will volunteer or intern
  • Do meaningful volunteer or work activities within your program
  • Enrollment in our Jamaican culture course for a thorough lesson on the different aspects of the Jamaican way of life
  • Receive lessons in Jamaican Patois, our island’s native and somewhat popular dialect
  • Jamaican safety and security course
  • A dedicated Project Advisor who will check in with you during your project to ensure you are on track and to solve any issues that may arise
  • Receive a volunteer/internship certificate at the end of your project
  • Complete up to 40 hours of volunteer hours or internship hours per week during your project
  • Develop your critical thinking skills as you solve daily problems as they arise

What A Full Project Includes:

  • Dorm accommodation at Barnett’s Homestay
  • Air-conditioned room, WiFi, cable television, and more
  • Receive full breakfast and dinner each day
  • Transportation to and from your volunteer project daily
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off at the beginning and end of your project
  • Welcome kit with your itinerary, emergency contact info, brochures and other surprises
  • Receive pre-arrival support with planning your project
  • Meet other volunteers, interns or students from around the world who may join during your stay
  • 24-hour support while in Jamaica