We offer full projects that include accommodation, transportations, and meals, placement-only projects where we arrange a meaningful volunteer placement so that you can teach French in Jamaica, and online volunteer opportunities where you can give back while staying home.
Whether you are a French national or an avid French speaker, if you are seeking to travel and teach French abroad in Jamaica, then you have come to the right place. teach French as a second language program allow volunteers to share their culture and knowledge of the French language with children and young adults in Jamaica while learning about our culture in the process.
Many schools do not have a large enough budget to be able to hire French teachers, so most Jamaicans do not learn the language throughout their school life. This is where volunteers like you will get to make a great impact, as you strive to change this when you teach French as a foreign language.
By teaching locals how to speak the French language and about the culture, you will be participating in a life-changing cultural exchange volunteer program, and making an investment in the lives of many Jamaicans that will live within them for years to come.
So if you have been wondering how to teach French as a second language abroad, here is your chance! Apply now and begin your journey to Jamaica.
You need no qualifications or experience to join our teach French as a foreign language projects. However, if you do possess experience or qualifications in teaching French, then you may qualify for more advanced placements.
Proper planning from the moment you decide to volunteer with us and teach French as a second language is the main step towards having a successful project. Once you are approved to join this project, your Project Advisor will get in contact with you to discuss the activities you would like to do, as well as the teaching method that you will employ. We can brainstorm activities during our online meeting to come up with ideas.
Some examples of teaching activities include:
These are just some examples. Feel free to discuss any other activities you would like to engage in during your project.
The first day of your volunteer French teacher project, your Project Advisor will accompany you to your school or volunteer site where you will get a tour of the property, meet the students and staff members and learn about lunch arrangements. You will also receive orientation and training on your first day, and be assigned a project supervisor.
Some days after you complete your volunteer project and on weekends, you can purchase one of our tour and cultural immersion adventure packages where you can get to experience some of Jamaica’s top attractions and cultural activities. This is an excellent method to inject fun in your teach french overseas project.
At the end of your teach French language 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.
To spice up your program we suggest that you take along some items or pictures/videos to showcase the French culture to the students. These could include food items, music, board games, clothing, signs etc. This will no doubt give you a chance to better bond with the students while spicing up your lessons.
You may collect or purchase cash or items back home that you can take along with you to Jamaica to help you during your teach French as a foreign language project. You can give them to students as rewards for completing lessons or to give to them to make their school work easier. 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.
Each day as you teach French as a second language, you will receive breakfast. Barnett’s homestay packages include dinner, however, partner accommodations do not include dinner. You will, however, be able to prepare your own meals or eat out. We cater to volunteers with special dietary requirements such as diabetes, allergies, vegans, and more.
After you pay the processing fee to volunteer to teach French abroad, you will be able to create your account on our website and enroll in our digital culture classes, even before you arrive. This course includes several videos, worksheets, and learning materials where you learn all about Jamaica’s culture, 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.
As a part of your volunteer French teacher abroad package, you will also get access to our online course to learn how to speak, write and understand Patois (pronounced Pat-Wah), which is our local dialect.
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 15-30 minutes daily and will be done online or via call.
We will pick you up at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston (KIN) or the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay (MBJ), depending on where you will be staying. Our driver will have a sign saying “Jamaica International Projects”, and you will be transferred directly from the airport to your accommodation.
Each day, you will be transferred from your accommodation directly to your teach french abroad volunteer 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.
At the conclusion of your teach french abroad volunteer 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
1 Person – $399
3 or More – $200
Stay at home and volunteer online to teach French to Jamaicans
1 Person – $349
3 or More – $175
We arrange your volunteer project & provide you with pre-arrival support
Cost – Varies
We arrange a 1 day French volunteer program if you are short on time but still want to give back
1 Person – $199
3 or More – $100
1 Week – $640
Extra Weeks – $550 per week
1 Week – $755
Extra Weeks – $620 per week
You can choose between 2 payment methods to secure your teach French as a second language 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 5% processing fee.
Wire Transfer: If your package is greater than $8,000 USD, you will have to pay via wire transfer. You are required to pay the international wire transfer fee for this payment method.
Once you have decided to join our teach french overseas project, complete the inquiry form or contact us to let us know that you are interested in joining. We will then send you the volunteer application form for the volunteer format that you selected (online placement only or full volunteer project).
Note: By submitting the application you will NOT be making a binding commitment to join the project.
After you submit your application and your placement is approved, we will reach out to you within 24 hours via your preferred means of contact. You will get to discuss your goals, the areas you are interested in teaching, and ask us questions.
Once you are accepted into our volunteer French teacher project, you will be required to submit your documents as soon as possible. These include:
Make your outstanding payments. Full volunteer projects have the option to join a 3-month payment plan.
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.
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.