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


If you are a qualified teacher, an educated individual, experienced in a specific subject area or just seeking to lend a helping hand in a school setting, then our volunteer teaching abroad programs are what you are seeking. You have the option of volunteering in either elementary schools, middle schools/junior high or high schools, with students ranging from the ages of 3-19.

The Impact Of Volunteer Teaching Overseas

Many schools in Jamaica are overcrowded, with teachers sometimes being forced to work with limited supplies in classes that can hold anywhere from 30-50 students. As you can imagine, it is difficult to give each student the one-on-one attention that they deserve. Therefore, your help is needed on our teaching volunteer abroad projects, as you can assist the teacher with lessons, and get to know the students on a personal level while offering them individual assistance.

We also partner with several technical and trade schools to offer volunteer teaching abroad for qualified teachers in areas ranging from information technology, food preparation, carpentry, technical drawing and much more. These projects provide the perfect opportunity for you to pass on your knowledge and skills. It is also a great learning opportunity while traveling, as it gives you a chance to interact with Jamaicans daily and learn about our culture.

Your Rewards

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



No qualifications or experience are required for general volunteer teaching abroad projects. That means if you wish to go to a school to assist, take part in lessons, teach/mentor students under the supervision of local teachers, as well as other guided tasks, then you will not need qualifications.

Volunteer teaching abroad for qualified teachers, however, requires that you will need to be certified by an accredited institution, as well as possess several years’ worth of experience teaching or working in the field you would like to teach in.

Ideal Volunteers

  • Students gifted or adept in certain areas such as sports, music, dance, a foreign language etc.
  • Current, retired or teachers in training
  • Anyone with a passion for giving back and educating others
  • Medical students and professionals looking to share medical knowledge
  • Teens and young adults with an interest in sharing their knowledge and experience
  • Couples and families, with at least 1 member being qualified to teach
  • Corporate groups looking to give back while educating students about their field
  • Business owners with an interest in education, or those interested in sharing their talents
  • Mature volunteers

Planning Your Project Activities

Pre-planning is the most important step towards ensuring that your volunteer teaching overseas project will be a success. Once you are accepted into this project, your Project Advisor will reach out to you to discuss your goals, what areas you would like to teach and the activities that you would like to do. You can brainstorm to think of some fun and informative games, and activities you can do to ensure your lessons get across to your students.

Some ideas you can mull over include:

  • Help teach a local class in subjects such as Mathematics, English, and Science etc.
  • Work as a teacher’s assistant to provide students with one-on-one guidance and attention
  • Coordinate fun physical education and sports activities for students
  • Arrange games, quizzes, contests and other fun activities to stimulate your students, and award prizes to the winners
  • Teach the students about your culture back home
  • Collect donations of cash and kind back home to help provide stationery and other learning materials for students
  • Help create charts and teaching aids for students
  • Share in the Jamaican culture with the students as you interact with them daily
  • Qualified teachers may be able to teach and lead classes without any supervision
  • Teach a foreign language or sign language

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 teaching volunteer abroad project, you will be taken to the school where you will be volunteering by our Project Advisor, and you will get the chance to look around the school, meet the other teachers and students and learn about lunch arrangements. You will also receive training and orientation from your supervisor.

Afternoon And Weekends

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. Check out our tour and cultural immersion adventure page for our different tour packages that you can purchase to enhance your teaching volunteer abroad package.

Project Completion

At the end of your volunteer teachers abroad trip, we will award you with a Volunteer 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 Short-Term Volunteer Teaching Abroad

You may collect or purchase cash or items back home that you can take along with you to Jamaica to help you during your teaching abroad volunteer programs, and to give the students as rewards. This includes books, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, calculators and more.

We will send you a list of needed resources for the school you are placed in, as well as some suggested items that are always in demand.

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
  • Teaching aids or materials to help complete your lessons


Barnetts Homestay Photo

Barnett’s Home Stay

During your volunteer abroad teaching project you may choose to stay with Jomo, the owner of Jamaica International Projects and his family in a comfortable dorm room equipped with air conditioning.

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Port Royal Grand Hotel

Grand Port Royal Hotel (Couples & Groups Only)

This 3-star hotel just outside of Kingston is another accommodation option where you can stay 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

Volunteer teachers abroad projects include daily breakfast and dinner. We cater to volunteers with special dietary requirements such as diabetes, allergies, vegans and more.

Daily Cultural Training

As a part of your volunteer teaching abroad project, we will include daily lessons on the Jamaican culture. These lessons are roughly 30 minutes each, and cover topics such as our food, government, history, traditions, norms, religion and more.


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

As a part of your volunteer teaching overseas package, you will also learn how to speak, write and understand Patois (pronounced Pat-Wah), which is our local dialect.

Mentorship Session/Review Of The Day

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 and lessons you completed with your students, your plans for the following day and ask any questions you may have. This is roughly 30 minutes daily.


Airport Pickup

Your teaching volunteer abroad project includes pickup at the airport closest to your accommodation. Our driver will meet you at the airport with a sign and transfer you 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 conclusion of your volunteer abroad teaching project, we will take you back to the airport so you can catch your flight back home.


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

Volunteer Teaching Overseas Placement Only

1 Time Payment – $300
(Per Person)

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

1 Day Volunteer Teaching

Cost – Varies

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

Full Volunteer Packages

Home Stay Packages

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

Volunteer Teaching Abroad Processing Fee (Added To Total)

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

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 volunteer teaching abroad for qualified teachers 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
  • Teaching 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
  • Additional Meals
  • Personal shopping money
  • Airfare expenses or taxes
  • Weekend tour and adventure projects
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Any teaching equipment or material needed to complete your project

Payment Methods

You can choose between 2 payment methods to secure your short-term volunteer teaching abroad trip:

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.


Step One (Research and Booking)

Once you have decided to join our teaching abroad volunteer programs, 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, the areas you are interested in teaching, 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 our volunteer teaching overseas project, 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 can purchase affordable IMG travel medical insurance here)
  • Flight itinerary
  • Completed volunteer application form
  • Proof of qualification to teach (if you are seeking a placement as a qualified teacher)

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).


  • I spent (only) 5 days at Reliance Basic School at Braeton and I can say it was one of the best experiences in my whole life. I was there as an Italian/English teacher but mostly I helped the teacher out with the program. The whole staff was very kind and supportive of me and the children were simply amazing. They called me Uncle David and they were so cute. I honestly think that five days were not enough but unfortunately, I couldn’t stay longer.

    I definitely recommend this volunteering program to anybody who wants to have a great experience in a real Jamaican environment. It’s not just about teaching to them, but also about learning from them.


    Davide Dainotto
  • 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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