By joining our gap year volunteer programs in Jamaica, you will embark on a journey of self-discovery while being fully immersed in the rich Jamaican culture and helping the less fortunate along the way.
Whether you want to explore the world after high school, test the waters of your future career path by volunteering in fields like medicine or sports, or you have decided to defer university to give back and gain work experience, a gap year volunteer abroad trip is always an excellent option.
While on your gap year volunteer trip, you will receive our full support before you arrive, while you are in Jamaica, and even after you depart. You will still be joining volunteer projects where you will need to use and develop your critical thinking skills, knowledge and even learn new skills to complete sustainable projects.
Gap Year Volunteer Projects
You can choose from a wide range of volunteer areas to specialize in during your gap year volunteer abroad project, such as:
You can also join our Set Volunteer Projects to join other volunteers from around the world doing fun yet structured volunteer projects.
Reasons To Join Gap Year Volunteer Programs
Make a genuine impact on the world by going into communities that are in need and lending a helping hand
Exploring your true potential, testing your strengths and weaknesses and gaining a new perspective on the world
Get hands-on experience in any career paths you wish to pursue in the future by volunteering in projects where you will work hand in hand with professionals in the field, or explore many career paths and see which one appeals to you more
Live with a Jamaican family and enjoy the Jamaican way of life, while you learn all there is to know about our culture
Examine and understand issues faced by people living in developing countries, and help to solve these issues
Gap Year Volunteer Abroad Highlights
Here are some of the highlights of joining a volunteer project with us:
Receive pre-arrival support with planning your project
Meet other volunteers from around the world who may join during your stay
Do meaningful volunteer activities at your volunteer project
Enroll in our Jamaican cultural course weekdays after volunteering to get a thorough lesson on the different aspects of the Jamaican culture
You will also receive lessons on Jamaican Patois, which is spoken frequently in Jamaica
Get daily mentorship sessions to discuss the day’s activities at your volunteer site
Receive full breakfast and dinner each day
You will be transferred to and from your volunteer project daily
24-hour support while in Jamaica
We will pick you up at the airport, and transfer you back at the end of your project
Receive a volunteer certificate at the end of your project
Completing up to 40 volunteer hours per week during your project
Develop your critical thinking skills to solve issues as they arise
Visit Fort Clarence beach on the weekends to swim and enjoy the day (complimentary)
Stop at Devon House after your last day at your volunteer project to purchase Jamaica’s number 1 ice cream
Purchase tours and cultural immersion excursions on the weekends to explore the fun side of Jamaica
The following transfers are included in our gap year volunteer programs:
Return to the airport
Daily transportation to and from your volunteer site
1 transfer to the beach on the weekend
One transfer to Devon House to buy ice cream
Any stop to visit the supermarket, visit an atm etc.
Any additional tours/excursions that you may purchase on weekends
Depending upon the area of specialty you wish to volunteer in, you will be either placed at a facility in the parishes of Kingston or St. Catherine, both of which are close to your volunteer home base.
As a part of your gap year volunteer programs, we provide you with complimentary classes on the Jamaican culture, which you will receive a certificate for upon the completion of your project.
During the cultural classes we will touch on the following topics:
Art & recreation
We will begin these lessons as soon as you arrive to get you on the fast track to learning about the Jamaican culture so you will better understand the island and its people.
During your gap year volunteer abroad project we will also give you a lesson on Patois (pronounced Pat-Wah) which is our local dialect. It is a second language you will hear many locals speaking around you. During your Patois lessons you will learn the following:
Greetings and salutations
Gender-specific words and terms
Popular words and phrases
The history of Patois
The social standing of Patois
Group exercise to use Patois
Our gap year volunteer abroad projects include accommodation at Barnett’s Homestay, where you will stay with Jomo Barnett, the Managing Director of Jamaica International Projects and his family. This is a quaint yet secure homestay in St. Catherine, about a 30-minute drive out from Kingston.
Shared dorm room with bathroom
Room equipped with bunk beds. Families/couples may request double beds at an additional cost
Living room with cable television and couches
Refrigerator to store snacks and juice, get ice and more
Rooms cleaned daily
Surveillance cameras installed outside for added security
Live with a local Jamaican family and get on the fast track to learn our culture
Fun games and entertainment in the nights
Beach outings on the weekends
Other activities such as trips to the movies, going to a bar/club, visiting a nice restaurant and more can be arranged
Delicious home cooked meals each day
Full breakfast and dinner are included in your package each day. We cater for volunteers with special dietary requirements such as gluten allergies, diabetes, vegans and more.
Health And Safety
Our number 1 priority will always be the health and safety of our volunteers. Here are some of the steps we take to ensure your health and safety during our gap year volunteer abroad programs:
A Program Advisor who is certified in first aid will accompany you to your project on your first day, as well as be on site at the homestay to answer all of your questions, provide support and provide emergency assistance
We only work with volunteer partners whose premises are secured, so you will always be safe while engaging in your volunteer duties
We provide all transportation to and from all activities so you will always be kept safe
Your homestay location is equipped with security cameras
All volunteers are required to be covered by travel health insurance. We can provide you with coverage if you do not have a plan
Prices And Payment
1 Week Gap Year Volunteer Programs
$729 USD Per Person
Extra Weeks – $550 USD Per Person
Non-Refundable Volunteer Processing Fee (Added To Total)
$150 USD Per Person
Shared dorm with spacious bunk beds at the Barnett’s Homestay (room equipped with AC)
Full breakfast and dinner each day
Clean bathroom access
Access to refrigerator
Rooms, bathrooms and common areas cleaned daily
Return to airport
Transfer to and from volunteer project in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
Team members trained in first aid available 24 hours
Safe and lockers to store valuables
Clean drinking water
In house entertainment on select nights
Orientation and support documentation on day of arrival
Cultural training sessions (certificate awarded at the end)
Patois classes (certificate awarded at the end)
Volunteer certificate upon successful completion of your program
Successful program grants pre-approval for alumni discounts and perks
Pre-arrival support and assistance
1 Complementary trip to Fort Clarence Beach on the weekend
1 Stop at Devon house to purchase ice cream
Ice cream at Devon House or mansion tour cost
Personal shopping money
Costs for any additional outings or night activities
To secure your space in the gap year volunteer programs you will need to make a payment as soon as possible, as space is limited and will go quickly. Once you apply to book this program you will be required to pay the Project Cost, as well as the volunteer processing fee in full. You can pay with credit card, or by bank wire transfer.
Supplies For Your Project
We encourage all volunteers to do some fundraising back home before you arrive in Jamaica. This can help you collect donations in cash or kind that you could take along to give to your volunteer site.
Whatever items you can collect you can take along with you as an extra piece of luggage.
Step One (Research and Booking)
Read through this page to determine if this project is right for you. If you have decided to book this project, proceed to the booking form and submit it. Once you make a booking you will need to pay your package cost in full to reserve your booking, as space is on a first come-first served basis.
By submitting the booking form, you will NOT be making a binding commitment to join the project, however, it will allow us to better advise and assist you in booking the best volunteer project for you. 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)
A Program Advisor will review your application and contact you within 24 hours via email. You may then schedule an interview to learn more about us and tell us more about yourself and your goals. After the interview, if you are successful, we will then proceed to send you a request for payment of the volunteer project cost. By making your payment in full you will secure your space in this project. Only then will your project be guaranteed.
Step Three (Document Submission)
After making the payment and submitting your volunteer application, you will be sent a list of documents that you need to submit. Please 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, school id or driver’s license)
1 police report/criminal background check
Proof of travel insurance (if you do not have insurance you can purchase it here)
Completed volunteer application form
Step 4 (Finalizing Payments)
Once you are accepted into the volunteer project, have submitted the relevant documents and have secured your placement with a payment, you will need to cover all your remaining expenses, such as cultural immersion/adventure costs and add-ons. If you wish to update your package during or after this period, please contact your Program Advisor.