Volunteer Orphanage Jamaica 1 Day Trip

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So you find yourself in Jamaica and are thinking to join a volunteer orphanage Jamaica experience for a day. You are definitely in the right place, as we would love to help you arrange an impactful day of volunteering with children. Escape your hotel or guest house for the day and let our expert Project Advisors guide you to a unique experience that only a select few enjoy in their lives.

Jamaica has two faces – the much more famous side known for stunning beaches, soothing reggae music, breathtaking landmarks, and our warm climate, among other things. The lesser-known side consists of many Jamaicans living in less than ideal circumstances, with the cost of living being at an all-time high.

As a result, many families are either unwilling or unable to properly care for their own children, who are then forced to live in children homes or ‘orphanages’. And just like Jamaica as a country, the children homes in Jamaica are home to a multitude of minors of varying ages and backgrounds. Not only do they house kids whose families can’t care for them, but they also accommodate those that are orphaned, as well as children who suffer from behavioral issues.

By joining this volunteer orphanage Jamaica project you probably won’t solve all the problems of the children, but you will definitely spend a day meaningfully while you get an insight into the Jamaican culture and make some new friends along the way.

You can volunteer in Kingston or Montego Bay.


What To Expect

Your volunteer orphanage Jamaica Project Advisor either meet you at the orphanage you will be volunteering, or contact you by phone/WhatsApp to ensure you fully settle in. We offer the option to provide you with accommodation at an additional charge if you desire. On our volunteer in Jamaica orphanage project you can be placed in Kingston or Montego Bay.

When you arrive at the children home, you will be introduced to the local staff, shown around the property and introduced to the children. Once you are settled in you can begin your volunteer abroad in orphanage tasks, until lunchtime when you can take a break and enjoy a meal. You can take along your own lunch, or arrange with your driver to be transferred to a restaurant or food store nearby.

After lunch, you will continue volunteering until you complete your tasks for the day. At the end of the day, you can hand off any supplies and donations you brought with you and say goodbye to the children and the staff. We will then provide you with your volunteer certificate for successfully completing your volunteer project.

Volunteer Orphanage Jamaica Project Highlights

  • Share your skills, knowledge, and experience with children
  • Get an inside look into the life of Jamaicans and learn our culture
  • A Project Advisor will be with you as a local guide
  • Take along donations and supplies with you (we can take you to purchase these)
  • We donate 10% of the profits to charity
  • Stay for as little as 1 hour up to 8 hours
  • Do a wide range of activities such as cooking, cleaning, spending time with the children etc.
  • This project is 100% customizable so you will decide exactly what you will do

What You Can Do

Some ideas of what you could do on your volunteer abroad in orphanage 1-day trip include:

  • Helping children with homework after school
  • Caring for babies and small children (not all homes house babies)
  • Helping house mothers in the kitchen to prepare meals
  • Teaching the children reading and writing exercises
  • Organizing Arts and Crafts sessions
  • Playing games and telling stories
  • Sharing your culture and experiences
  • Organizing mini fashion shows or other fun activities
  • Setting up sports activities/exercises, matches, tournaments and more
  • Painting areas of the home, assist with yard work, repair broken furniture and help with cleaning
  • Mentoring the children in 1 on 1 or group sessions to help them overcome individual issues
  • Planning special activities based on your career, skills, and talents
  • Sponsoring and mentoring a child that needs assistance
  • After you depart you can decide to sponsor a child to keep in contact and offer assistance

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

Why You Should Book With Us

  • Our volunteer in Jamaica orphanage partners are safe and pre-vetted
  • We have over 8 years experience with volunteers
  • We specialize in ensuring volunteers are safe at all times
  • From the moment you contact us and even after you leave we support you
  • Our volunteer orphanage Jamaica projects are fully flexible with dates, times and the activities you do
  • With pre-commencement support, you can still make an impact in just 1 day
  • We are a 100% Jamaican owned business so you will be supporting locals
  • We welcome all volunteers regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation
  • By joining this volunteer abroad in orphanage project you will be pre-approved for our alumni program
  • Air-conditioned, private and secure transportation (if you book this with us)
  • Online Patois Class
  • Online Culture Class

Volunteer Locations

  • Kingston
  • Montego Bay


No academic qualification needed

What To Bring

We recommend you take along the following items with you:

  • Insect repellent to prevent mosquito and bug bites
  • Supplies to assist with your project
  • Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Notebook or electronic device to take notes
  • Cash for any shopping or excursions

Sample Itinerary

9:00 amHotel Pickup

Transfer from your accommodation to the children home nearest to your accommodation.

9:30 amBegin Your Volunteer Duties

12:00 pmLunch

1:00 pmContinue volunteer duties or other planned activities

5:00 pmReturn To Accommodation


NB: All prices below are quoted in USD and are based per person

1 Day Volunteer Abroad In Orphanage Trip

1-3 People – $150
3 or More People – $120

Add-On Packages For Volunteer Orphanage Jamaica

Round Trip Transportation
One of our vetted drivers will pick you up at your accommodation, take you to the orphanage, and take you back to your accommodation after you are through.

Stop for lunch or have it brought to you

Combined Volunteer Experience
Combine this project with another volunteer experience, half a day at the beach (Dr’s Cave in Montego Bay & Fort Clarence Beach or Lime Cay for Kingston) or another tour near your volunteer area (entrance for tours other than beach not included)

Price Includes

  • Spend a day volunteering in a Jamaican orphanage
  • Pre-arrival support, project planning, and assistance
  • Sourcing volunteer project placement
  • Brief orientation before you begin
  • Volunteer certificate upon successful completion of your program
  • Successful program grants pre-approval for alumni discounts and perks
  • 10% Discount off all tours and adventures

Price Excludes

  • Transportation (unless you book this with us)
  • Any personal shopping money
  • Travel health insurance
  • Lunch
  • Beach or extra tour outing
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Payment Methods

You can pay with a credit card or wire transfer when booking a 1 Day Volunteer Project. After you make your booking we will send you payment instructions.


Step One (Research and Booking)

If you have decided to book this project after reading the information above, complete the 1-Day Volunteer Application Form. Once your application is submitted, we will get back to you within 2 business days with the cost, and a link to complete your booking by making the payment for the processing fee.

If you are interested in this project but you are not ready to book, please complete our enquiry form, utilize the live chat option, give us a call or send us an email for more information.

Step Two (Follow Up Interview) – Optional

If you wish to know more about how this process works, you can Book A Meeting with a Project Advisor. This is an excellent chance for you to learn more about us and tell us more about yourself and your goals.

Step Three (Document Submission)

After submitting your payment for the volunteer in jamaica orphanage project, you will be required to submit the following documents. 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) from 1 member of your group
  • 1 recent photo id (passport, national id, school id or driver’s license)
  • Completed volunteer application form



  • 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.

    Child Care/Orphanage Volunteer
  • During my time in Jamaica with Jamaica International Projects, I have had a very enjoyable time. The volunteering gave me a fantastic experience that I will never forget. The excursions we were able to do gave us an authentic vision and experience in Jamaica. The food was amazing and nobody ever went away hungry, and whenever we needed to buy lunch we were always given plenty of options for food. The accommodation was very good and the staff at the hotel very useful. Jomo Barnett was an amazing guide and support during our time in Jamaica.

    Girlguiding Leader/ Volunteer Vacation
  • We volunteered by painting the girl’s dorms at Jamaica National Children’s Home. It was the most wonderful experience as we really got to know the girls and their personalities. I really enjoyed spending time with the children and playing with them. It truly was an amazing experience. The excursions really immersed us in the culture of Jamaica. The food and accommodation were lovely and gave us an authentic experience of Jamaica.

    Girlguiding Leader/ Volunteer Vacation
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