Jamaica is a hot spot for sports lovers from around the world. From track and field, soccer, basketball, cricket and athletics, Jamaica is home to many sports that we tend to excel at. By joining our sports volunteering abroad projects, you can pass on your knowledge and love for your sport of choice.
You have many options to choose from for your sports volunteer abroad trip, such as volunteering with a sports club or facility, going to schools and teaching students Physical Education, working with local sports teams as a coach and much more.
Continue reading to learn more about our volunteer sports coaching abroad programs in Jamaica and book your trip today.
You do not need any experience or qualifications to join our volunteer sports abroad projects, however for volunteers seeking more advanced placements such as sports psychology need qualifications in that area.
Before engaging in your sports volunteering abroad project, it is advised that you do some pre-planning back home to decide on what activities you would like to do during your project. Once you have been accepted to join this project, you may schedule a Skype call with your Project Advisor to brainstorm ideas for your project.
Some sports volunteer abroad ideas include:
These are just some examples. Feel free to discuss any other activities you would like to engage in during your project.
Day 1 of your placement your Project Advisor will accompany you to the volunteer sports organizations where you will volunteer to show you around the property, introduce you to the local team, as well as your supervisor, and outline lunch arrangements. You will also receive a brief project orientation.
You may purchase a tour and cultural immersion package that you can embark on during weekends and some weekdays after you complete your project. This is an excellent way to have fun during your sports volunteer abroad project while you explore Jamaica’s top attractions.
Once you have completed your volunteer sports abroad trip, we will award you with your Volunteer Certificate, as well as sign any documents that you have to verify volunteer hours completed.
We encourage all volunteers joining our sport volunteer abroad project in Jamaica to do some fundraising back home for items to donate to your project. These include balls, pumps, shoes, socks, sporting wear etc.
We will send you a list of needed resources for your volunteer site.
You can 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.
Another accommodation option for our sports volunteering abroad project is this 3-star hotel just outside of Kingston, while still benefiting from Jamaica International Projects’ full support.
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.
Sports volunteer abroad projects include breakfast and dinner each day, and we cater for all special diets and eating restrictions such as gluten-free, vegans, diabetics etc.
Each day during your volunteer abroad sports programs, you will receive daily cultural immersion classes to learn about the Jamaican culture. Each session will be 30 minutes or less, and we will cover various topics such as our traditions, history, religion, food, government and more.
While you lend your talents to the volunteer sports organizations you will be placed with, you will also learn how to speak, write and read 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 you will be given tips on Jamaica.
At the end of each day, we provide daily mentorship sessions for younger volunteers or a general review of the work day for more mature volunteers. We will discuss the day’s activities, the challenges you faced, how you overcame them, and your plans for the following day. You can also ask any questions that you may have. This session lasts about 30 minutes or less daily.
We will pick you up at the airport closest to your accommodation. Our driver will have a sign marked “Jamaica International Projects”, and you will be transferred directly from the airport to your accommodation.
Sport volunteer projects abroad include daily transportation to and from your volunteer site each day.
If you purchase any tour add-ons for your sports volunteer abroad trip, we will take you to and from all excursions and act as your tour guide.
After your sports volunteering abroad projects have come to its end, we will return you 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 sports 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
You can choose between 2 payment methods to secure your volunteer sports 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.
Once you have decided to join our volunteer sports coaching abroad project, 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, the activities you would like to do during your sport volunteer abroad project and ask us any questions. This is where you will learn of your acceptance into the program.
Once you are accepted to work with our partner volunteer sports organizations, you will be required to submit your documents as soon as possible. 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).
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.
This has been a fabulous trip, 18 months planning resulted in our having as near as perfect experience as possible. Spending time in the children’s home was life-changing and bonds made with the home will last a long time. The Grand Port Royal hotel was a great place to stay and was more than we expected.
The caterers provided us with great food and were so accommodating when we were late. The excursions were amazing and all of it was made possible by the fantastic attention to detail by the wonderful Jomo.