Nutrition and Dietetics are two crucial components of general well being, so naturally, we offer substantive nutrition volunteer opportunities abroad in Jamaica. Hence, whether you are a fully licensed and practicing nutritionist or dietitian, or a student studying nutrition, dietetics, diabetes or other food-related fields, you are more than welcome to join this project. In fact, our nutrition volunteer abroad projects are available year round, so you can join anytime.
What would one of our typical volunteer abroad nutrition projects entail? For example, you could shadow a local nutritionist, get placed in a local diabetic clinic or private medical facility to practice or observe, conduct clinics in areas of Jamaica to test sugar, pressure and cholesterol levels while advising locals on proper nutrition, and so much more.
In short, if you are interested in joining our nutrition volunteer opportunities, continue reading through the information on this page to learn more, or you can just go straight to the booking form to book your project or submit an enquiry.
No qualifications or experience is required to join our nutrition volunteer opportunities in Jamaica.
However, if you plan on doing hands-on volunteer work with professionals, or work directly with patients, then ongoing training as a medical student, nutritionist, or certification/credentials that allow you to legally practice in the medical/nutrition field in your home country is required.
After you submit your application and have been accepted to join our nutrition volunteer abroad projects, your Project Advisor will contact you to discuss the activities you would like to engage in during your project. In fact, you are advised to brainstorm to think of the activities you would like to do during your project to make the biggest impact that you possibly can.
Some ideas you could think about include:
These are just some examples. Feel free to discuss any other activities you would like to engage in during your project.
Your Project Advisor will accompany you to your volunteer site on your first day of your volunteer abroad nutrition 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. In addition to the assistance we will provide you with, you will also get orientation and training from your direct supervisor, who will guide you during your project.
On weekends, and some weekday afternoons, you can partake in our cultural immersion activities and excursions. You can see some of Jamaica’s top attractions, learn about our culture and have some mind-blowing adventures. Before you arrive you should check out our tour and cultural immersion adventure page for our different tour packages that you can purchase to enhance your nutrition volunteering opportunities package.
After you have successfully completed your nutrition volunteer opportunities abroad, we will award you with a Volunteer Certificate, signed by our Managing Director. Furthermore, we will also sign any documents that you need to certify volunteer/service hours completed on your trip.
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, food items, 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.
During nutrition volunteer opportunities you will stay with Jomo, the owner of Jamaica International Projects and his family. This option houses up to 5 people comfortably in dorm rooms equipped with air conditioning.
You may stay at this 3-star hotel during your nutrition volunteer abroad project while receiving our full support.
Volunteer groups can also select from a list of guest houses or hotels in Kingston or St. Catherine. Options range from small guesthouses to five-star luxury hotels. In addition to arranging your nutrition volunteering opportunities, we can also handle the booking of group accommodations for you if desired.
Our nutrition volunteer opportunities abroad projects includes breakfast and dinner each day. You will be served Jamaican cuisine during your stay. Moreover, if you have any special dietary needs we will make special preparations for you.
Each day of your nutrition volunteer abroad project you will get a 30-minute training session on the different aspects of the Jamaican culture. We will cover food, history, traditions, religion, economy, government and more.
As a part of your volunteer abroad nutrition package, you will also learn how to speak, write and understand Patois (pronounced Pat-Wah), which is our local dialect.
All volunteers joining this project will receive orientation and support documentation on your date of arrival. 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 in addition, you will be given tips on Jamaica.
We also provide daily mentorship sessions for teenagers or a general review of your day’s activities for more experienced volunteers. You are free to discuss the challenges you faced that day, the activities you completed with the children, your plans for the following day and ask any questions you may have. This is roughly 30 minutes daily.
As part of your nutrition volunteer opportunities in Jamaica we provide you with airport pickup at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston (KIN). We will meet you at the airport with a sign saying “Jamaica International Projects”. You will then be transferred directly from the airport to your accommodation.
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 immersion activity/excursion, depending upon your itinerary.
For your tours, you will have a Project 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.
After your nutrition volunteering opportunities trip has come to an end, we will take you back to the airport to catch your flight back home.
NB: All prices below are quoted in USD and are based per person
1 Time Payment – $300
We arrange your volunteer project & provide you with pre-arrival support
Cost – Varies
We arrange a 1-day nutrition volunteer program if you are short on time but still want to give back
1 Person – $150
5 or more people – $100 per person
1 Week – $780
2 Weeks – $1,360
3 Weeks – $1,990
4 Weeks – $2,620
Extra Weeks – $550 per week
1 Week – $900
2 Weeks – $1,650
3 Weeks – $2,450
4 Weeks – $3,250
Extra Weeks – $800 per week
We offer two payment methods depending on the cost of your nutrition volunteer abroad package.
Credit Card: If your package total is less than $8,000 USD, you may choose to pay with a credit card. All credit card payments will incur a 4% processing fee.
Wire Transfer: If your package is greater than $8,000 USD, you will have to pay via wire transfer. This method of payment will also incur a processing fee that you will be responsible to cover, which may vary depending on your bank of choice.
Once you have decided to join our nutrition volunteering opportunities, proceed to the booking form, enter the relevant info, select your preferred payment option (30% deposit or full payment) and submit. After submission, you’ll be sent a list of documents to be submitted, payment instructions and a link to the volunteer application form.
If you are interested but not ready to book, please contact us or submit a message using the enquiry form.
Note: By submitting the booking form you will NOT be making a binding commitment to join the project.
We will review your booking and application within 24 hours and reach out to you via your preferred means of contact. You will get to discuss your goals, skills and ask us questions. This is where you will learn of your acceptance into the program.
If you are accepted into our nutrition volunteer opportunities abroad, your documents will then become due for submission so that we can fully arrange your placement. These Include:
You will then be notified to clear up all outstanding fees and balances (if you made a 30% deposit or made any additional changes to your package).
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!
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.
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.