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Jamaica Orphanage Volunteer Abroad

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1 Week to 3 Months
Availability : All Year Round
Worldwide
Kingston
Min Age : 12
Max People : 30

Overview

Kingston, the capital of Jamaica is known across the world for its beauty, luxurious hotels and it’s overall historic sites. However, like other famous cities in the world, it has a hidden side. The side that is riddled with poverty and violence.

Due to these factors, many children lose their parents before they are even old enough to form a solid memory of them. Some children who do have parents have to be removed and relocated to children homes, due to a number of factors. These children need love and self-motivation to better themselves, and to avoid falling into the same trap as their parents and end the cycle.

Help a child/children in need by joining our Jamaica orphanage volunteer abroad project in Kingston. Help steer a child in the direction of a fruitful future.

Why Choose Us

Still wondering if you should choose us for your Jamaica orphanage volunteer abroad experience? Here are a few reasons why we are the most ideal choice in Jamaica:

  • Over 4 years proven track record
  • Safety & security our top priority
  • We give you 100% support
  • Our projects have an impact
  • We increase your employability
  • You will be supporting a local business
  • We work with volunteers of all backgrounds
  • Our Jamaica orphanage volunteer projects are incredibly flexible
  • We have an amazing alumni program

Details

Qualifications/Experience

No qualifications or prior experience are required. However, you must be devoted as these children may require a lot of affection, attention, and care.

Ideal Volunteers

  • Teens and young adults
  • Mature volunteers
  • Couples and families
  • Corporate groups
  • Professionals
  • Business owners
  • High school and university classes
  • Girl guides/scouts
  • Anyone who loves working with children

Planning Your Project Activities

Following your application and acceptance into the project, your Project Advisor will contact you to discuss the activities you would like to engage in with the children. This is a great time for both of you to brainstorm and begin planning your project to ensure your trip is as impactful as possible. Some ideas you could think about 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.

Your First Day

On the first day of your project, a Program Advisor will accompany you to the children’s home, where you will be introduced to the staff and given a tour of the property. We will spend some time to ensure that you are settled in comfortably and that you know what you will be doing for the remainder of the day.

We will also make the necessary arrangements so that you know where you can purchase lunch.

Afternoon And Weekends

On weekends, and some weekday afternoons, you can partake in our cultural immersion activities and excursions. This is the perfect opportunity for you to not only have fun and blow off steam but also learn about our rich culture and experience Jamaica’s top attractions. View our available cultural immersion tours and adventure packages and purchase a tour package to maximize your experience in Jamaica.

Project Completion

Upon the successful completion of your project, we will award you with a Volunteer Certificate, signed by our Managing Director. We would also be happy to sign any documents that you would need to prove community service hours.

Resources For Orphanage Volunteer Abroad

Oftentimes the orphanages and childcare facilities will not have adequate resources for the children. It would be a big help if you are able to raise funds and do a collection drive back home so that you could bring these resources with you to Jamaica. 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.

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

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Accommodation

Barnetts Homestay Photo

Barnett’s Home Stay

You will stay with Jomo, the owner of Jamaica International Projects and his family. This option houses up to 10 people comfortably in dorm rooms equipped with air conditioning.

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Port Royal Grand Hotel

Grand Port Royal Hotel (Groups Only)

You will stay at this 3-star hotel while receiving our full support.

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Custom Group Accommodations

For groups, you will be able to choose from a wide list of guest houses or hotels in Kingston or St. Catherine to accommodate your members. You can choose from small guest houses to fancy business hotels, depending on your group’s budget. Of course, we can handle the booking of group accommodations for you if you desire.

Daily Meals

Your Jamaica orphanage volunteer abroad project cost covers breakfast and dinner daily. You will be served Jamaican cuisine during your stay. If you have any special dietary needs we will make special preparations for you.

Daily Cultural Training

Each day of your orphanage volunteer abroad project we will give you a 30-minute training session on the different aspect of the Jamaican culture. We will cover food, history, traditions, religion, economy, government and more.

Orientation

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 you will be given tips on Jamaica.

Jamaican Language Classes

Your orphanage volunteer abroad project also includes lessons on how to speak, write and understand Patois (pronounced Pat-Wah), which is our local dialect. You will likely hear it spoken a lot by the children at the home.

Mentorship Session/Review Of The Day

We also provide daily mentorship sessions for teenagers or a general review of your day’s activities. You can feel 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.

Transport

Airport Pickup

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 be transferred directly from the airport to your accommodation.

Daily Transfers

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.

Tour Transfers

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.

Return To Airport

At the end of your orphanage volunteer abroad project, we will provide return transportation to the airport, bus stop or another drop off point within Kingston or St. Catherine of your choosing.

Pricing

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

Orphanage Placement Only

1 Time Payment – $300
(Per Person)

We arrange your volunteer project & provide you with pre-arrival support

1 Day Orphanage Volunteer Abroad

Cost – Varies

We arrange a 1-day childcare volunteer program if you are short on time but still want to give back

Full Child Care Volunteer Packages

Orphanage Volunteer Abroad Processing Fee (Added to Total)

1 Person – $150
3 or more people – $100 per person

Hotel Double Room Accommodation

1 Week – $780
2 Weeks – $1,360
3 Weeks – $1,990
4 Weeks – $2,620
Extra Weeks – $550 per week

Hotel Double Room Accommodation

Minimum of 2 People to Book

1 Week – $900
2 Weeks – $1,650
3 Weeks – $2,450
4 Weeks – $3,250
Extra Weeks – $800 per week

Price Includes

  • Pre-arrival support and assistance
  • Sourcing your Jamaica orphanage volunteer project placement
  • Orientation and support documentation on the day of arrival
  • Daily cultural training session (certificate awarded at the end)
  • Daily mentorship/review of the day’s activities of your volunteer project
  • Pickup from airport and transfer to accommodation
  • Dorm or double room at the designated accommodation. Live with either a local host family in a home stay (Dorm) or at our partner hotel (Double Room)
  • Full breakfast and dinner daily
  • Daily transportation to and from volunteer work site
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Volunteer certificate upon successful completion of your program
  • Return transfer to the airport
  • Successful program grants pre-approval for alumni discounts and perks
  • 10% Discount off all tours and adventures
  • 1 complimentary trip to a nearby beach

Price Excludes

  • Visa application cost or fees (if applicable)
  • Daily lunch
  • Dinner
  • Additional Meals
  • Personal shopping money
  • Airfare expenses or taxes
  • Weekend tour and adventure projects
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Payment Methods

We offer two payment methods depending on the cost of your volunteer 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.

Booking

Step One (Research and Booking)

Once you have decided to choose this package, 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.

Step Two (Follow Up Interview)

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.

Step Three (Document Submission)

If you are accepted into the program your documents will then become due for submission so that we can fully arrange your placement. These Include:

  • 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 (you may purchase travel health insurance here)
  • Flight itinerary
  • Completed volunteer application form

Step Four (Finalizing Payments)

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).

Reviews

  • This was my first volunteering trip abroad that I have planned out on my own, so without a school or supervisor doing it for me. I am very pleased with the overall experience, could not have been happier about it!

    The people behind it were so helpful, generous, and welcoming, I would definitely work with Jamaica International Projects again! Even when sudden issues would arise, (i.e. accommodation changes and minor problems), they were dealt with as soon as possible and in the best manner. The volunteering itself was greatly enjoyable and taught me a lot on a social, humanitarian and even personal level.

    Overall very impressive service provided by such a small organization, leaving me with the most positive feeling about it.

    Julia Piekarczyk
  • 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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