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Do you crave the opportunity to travel to a developing country and volunteer your time, skills and efforts to complete dental volunteering abroad projects? If the answer is yes, then you are in the right place, as we offer the most impactful dentist volunteer opportunities in Jamaica.

Whether you are a dentist with your own practice, a dental aid/assistant, or a dental student seeking to gain work experience, our dental volunteer abroad projects can be customized just for you to help you achieve your goals. You can shadow a local dentist, on one hand, perform complex dental work and procedures (if you are suitably qualified), visit children homes and poor communities to perform dental check-ups, and much more.

Our dentistry volunteering projects are available year-round, so if you are interested in joining read through the information about this project, then submit a booking form if you are ready to join, or you may submit an inquiry to ask us any questions.

Your Rewards

  • 10% off all tours & adventures
  • Dentistry volunteering certificate
  • 40 or more volunteer hours each week
  • Daily mentorship sessions
  • Jamaican culture course
  • Patois (local dialect) language course



No qualifications or experience is required if you are a high school student, or a dental/medical student looking to learn more about the field of dentistry while observing and performing basic tasks.

Dentists, dental hygienists, or other dental professionals seeking to do more advanced procedures, or to fully practice must be certified by a reputable institution in your home country. You are required to submit proof of your qualifications along with your application to join advanced volunteer dentistry abroad projects.

Ideal Volunteers

  • Students studying Dentistry
  • Medical students
  • Teens and young adults with an interest in the field
  • Mature volunteers
  • Couples and families, with at least 1 member being qualified to join
  • Corporate groups who operate in the medical/dental field
  • Business owners with an interest in dentistry, or who operates in the field

Planning Your Project Activities

Once you are accepted to join our dental volunteering abroad project, your Project Advisor will get in touch with you to discuss your goals for your project, and the various activities you would like to engage in. You should begin thinking about these activities from now so that your project can make the best impact as possible.

Some ideas you could think about include:

  • Go to clinics, schools, and orphanages to educate and train Jamaicans on proper dental practices
  • Practice in a private dental firm with a certified dentist to shadow them and assist in dealing with serious oral diseases
  • Join a team of dentistry volunteer workers in a clinic to provide practical work in general dentistry, such as scaling, extractions, fillings and root canal work
  • Conduct dental health and hygiene expos and presentations
  • Provide free dental check-ups in poor communities, schools, and orphanages
  • Do a fundraising campaign back home to raise cash and kind to donate to the dental care facility where you will be volunteering
  • Plan special activities based on your career, skills, and talents

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

Your First Day

Your Project Advisor will accompany you to your volunteer site on the first day of your dental volunteer abroad project to introduce you to the local team you will be working with, show you around the property and assist you with making lunch arrangements. You will get orientation and training from your direct supervisor, who will guide you during your project.

Afternoon And Weekends

During weekends and some weekdays after you have completed your volunteer dentistry abroad project, you can embark on fun cultural immersion activities and excursions to see some of the top attractions in Jamaica, while you are immersed in our culture. Visit our tour and adventure website to browse all our amazing packages to add some excitement to your dentist volunteer opportunities.

Project Completion

When your dental volunteering abroad project is complete, you will be awarded a Dentistry Volunteering Certificate, signed by our Managing Director. We will also sign any documents that you need to certify volunteer/service hours completed on your trip.

Resources For Dental Volunteer Abroad Trips

You may collect or purchase cash or items back home that you can take along with you to Jamaica. These resources could range from medical supplies to help with your volunteer work, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, pamphlets/guides, equipment and more.

We will send you a list of needed resources for the facility you are placed in, as well as those needed for the activities you have chosen to do during your dentist volunteer abroad trip.

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

Dental volunteer programs packages

Tuition for our volunteer dentistry abroad projects

*All fees listed below are in USD

Placement Only Enrollment fee

Placement Only Enrollment Fee

Full Project Enrollment fee

Full Project Enrollment Fee

Full Project tuition

1 week
2 weeks
4 weeks
12 weeks
Extra Weeks

Tour & adventure packages

Adventure Add-on
(Optional weekend tour and adventure package)

What does the dentistry volunteer opportunities include?

We want your dentistry volunteering programs to help you build the future you want to create. Jamaica International Projects wants to ensure your experience is a safe and fulfilling one.

Here are some of the highlights of the project:

  • Dorm accommodation at Barnett’s Homestay
  • Air-conditioned room, WiFi, cable television, laundry access and snack area
  • 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
  • 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 gap project
  • Develop your critical thinking skills as you solve daily problems as they arise
  • Fun, thrilling and educational tours and adventures available on weekends
  • Visit either Dunn’s River Falls with Blue Hole, or Blue Lagoon with Somerset Falls on your first weekend (entry fees included)
  • Stop at Devon House for Jamaica’s best ice cream

Barnett’s Homestay – Jamaican Homebase

Barnetts Homestay 2023

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, lunch, 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

How do our dentist volunteer opportunities in Jamaica work?

A great volunteer dentistry abroad project secures your safety, ensures you have a great time, and offers enough guidance to help you navigate the new terrain. Jamaica International Projects provides the support you need to ensure you are capitalizing on your strengths while working in a field that gives you the experiences you need.

We kick off your project with an orientation session that sets you up to succeed. We want you to have fun making new discoveries and memories, so we give you the support you need to ensure you have the right expectations. Orientation helps you to hit the ground running so you can dive right into your adventure knowing what to expect. We help you flatten the initial learning curve so you can navigate the intricacies of the culture and your project with ease.

With Jamaica International Projects, you’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded volunteers who will inspire and support you on your adventure. Your peers have the potential to become lifelong friends. You will also have daily debriefing sessions with your Project Advisor so you can talk about any concerns you may have or simply share how your day has been.

Your Program Advisor will be certified in first aid and will always be on-site at your homestay. To ensure your safety, you’ll be accompanied by your Program Advisor on the first day of your project. Your Program Advisor will give you the support you need and answer all your questions to help you feel comfortable. In the event of an emergency, you can expect your Program Advisor’s support. We also ensure that you’ll be volunteering and living in a secure facility. All homestays are equipped with security cameras and systems.

For your comfort, all homestays are also equipped with free wifi, air conditioning, cable television, refrigerators, and snack stations. You will have access to a shared dorm room with spacious bunk beds and your rooms will be cleaned daily. Families and couples may request private rooms at an additional cost.

Unlike other gap year organizations, you will be paired with the Barnett family, the Directors of our company where you will live in a Jamaican household. Prepare to be treated like a member of our family, rather than a mere guest.

Speaking of delicious meals, breakfast and dinner options are included in your program cost. If you have special dietary needs, please this with us. Among others, we cater to volunteers who need accommodations for gluten-free, vegan, or diabetic diets.

Each night there’ll be something fun planned to help you unwind, or if you rather spend some downtime, that is an option as well. On weekends we tend to go out for some awesome tours and adventures, which is included in your first week. We arrange age-appropriate outings such as trips to the movies, bars/clubs, nice Jamaican restaurants, and more.

We provide all transportation to and from all activities.

What are the requirements for our dental volunteering abroad programs?

What do you need to start the dental hygiene volunteer abroad program? The minimum age to enroll is 16 years old and the maximum age limit is 30. As long as you are in good health you’re welcome to spend your gap year with us. At the same time, it is recommended that you opt for projects that allow you to transfer skills while learning something new. It simply makes it easier for you to jump right in and get started.

Once you have chosen your project and paid your 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 gap year application

Email these to your Project Advisor during the enrollment process.

Enrollment Process

When you are ready to enroll in our dental volunteer abroad program, 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 perfect dentistry volunteering project.

Get the Facts

Step 1 Research Our Projects

Step 1: Research

Read through this page, what is included in our dental volunteer programs 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 gap year 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 taking a gap year, 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.

Get Started

Step 2 Book Now 1

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 gap year companies. 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 volunteer dentistry Jamaica programs 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 placement

Pay the Enrollment Fee and a deposit on 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
  • Flight itinerary
  • Completed application form
  • CV or resume (Internships)
  • Proof of qualifications (if you are certified or have experience in a specific field)
Get Ready to Go

Step 3 - Pre-Arrival

Step 1: Onboarding call

Within a month of the start date of your dental volunteering abroad program, we will host a 2-hour onboarding call on Zoom or Google Meets with you. This includes an official welcome, tips and guides, and interactive lessons on Jamaican culture, Patois (our local dialect), and a lesson on safety and security. You can do the session in a single sitting or as two separate sessions (1 hour long each).

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 Jamaica, obtain a travel medical insurance plan that covers you during your entire gap year in Jamaica, and book your flights.

Step 3: Finalize your enrollment

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


Who can join our dentistry volunteering projects

There is no restriction on the nationalities that can participate in our gap year travel programs. Our only restriction is the age range of our participants, which is between 16 and 30 years old.

What are my options for dentist volunteer opportunities?

Click this link to view the various gap year projects that we offer.

Can I talk to previous volunteers or dentistry volunteering participants?

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.

Will I be able to meet other gap year volunteers while I’m in Jamaica?

Yes. Depending on what time of the year you join your gap year program, you may be the only participant, or you may meet a couple of fellow gap year voyagers during your project.

What are the requirements to join the gap year trip with JIP?

You must be between the ages of 16 and 30. 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.

What costs do I need to consider?

In addition to the Project Tuition and Enrollment Fee, you will need to properly budget for your gap semester program so you get the most out of your experience without worrying about your finances.

While we offer gap year travel programs that cover your accommodation, transportation, meals, and some fun weekend excursions, other expenses you may need to consider include:

  • Flights
  • Personal spending money for snacks, shopping laundry, etc.
  • Additional tours and excursions
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visas (some countries only)
  • Gratuities
  • Additional meals

How can I pay for my gap year opportunity?

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

Do you offer sponsorships, grants or fundraising opportunities?

We have a detailed fundraising guide where you can create a crowdfunding campaign for your project to help raise the funds to cover your trip, or for awesome fundraising ideas. While we do not currently offer sponsorship or grants directly, you should check with your school, parents, guardians and mentors for any travel grants or scholarships available, and we will help you with any paperwork you need.

Can I arrive earlier or later than my project start time?

For the best experience, we recommend starting on the same date as your program outlines (usually on a Sunday). This helps to reduce confusion about what is expected of you since you’ll be a part of an initial orientation session.

If you need to arrive earlier or later than the start of the program, please let us know before enrolling and we will try our best to work with you.

May I volunteer with friends/spouses/family?

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

Will I be safe during my gap year travel programs?

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.

Additional Reading


  • Overall, I had an amazing time with this program. I love how individualize the projects were and how Jomo really invested his time into making sure you enjoyed each experience. Working with the nutritionist was a wonderful time for me and taught me many lessons that I will use as a further in my career. As well as, as the children’s home open my eyes to a whole different side of life that I have never seen before. As far as the accommodation goes, it was excellent. I enjoyed getting to know him and his guest that were staying.

    For the future, hopefully, there will be more volunteers than one at a time. I enjoyed the alone time because part of the reason I came on this trip was to get away from all the drama in my life back home! But for others, they might get kind of bored or lonely. All in all, I will remember this trip always and glad I had such a great experience!

    Lindsey Swidergal
  • WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. 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.

    Christelle Ugbaja
    Christelle Ugbaja
  • Unforgettable experience! All of you should try it. It was only my first-time volunteering and I’d love to do it again through the same Jamaica International Projects.

    Asimina Kosti-Stavri
    Asimina Kosti-Stavri

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