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Team Sunshine & Stars 2 Week Volunteer Vacation

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14 Nights/15 Days
Availability : Aug 1 – Aug 15
Worldwide
Jamaica
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 25

Overview

Based in the United Kingdom, team Sunshine & Stars was formed in 2018 to help make the world a better and brighter place for the less fortunate. Having embarked on a 2 Week volunteer/vacation package with us here at Jamaica International Projects in 2017 with their Girl Guiding Anglia group, where they painted and renovated the girl’s dorm, the 2 leaders Joanne and Holly have decided to return to Jamaica to pick up where they left off and resume their volunteer duty.

For this 2-week trip, you may join Team Sunshine & Stars as they return to Jamaica National Children Home in Kingston with new members to renovate the boy’s dorms, spend some quality time with the children at the homes, actively engage in the Jamaican culture and join some amazing adventures.

Goals and Outcomes

By joining this 2-week program you will undertake a number of goals that need to be completed within the time frame. Some tasks to be completed towards accomplishing your goals are:

  • Repaint and renovate the boy’s dorm at Jamaica National Children Home
  • Complete 40 volunteer hours during this program
  • Undertake several team building activities to get to know our local team, as well as your international team members
  • Complete arranged cultural immersion classes to learn about the Jamaican culture
  • Engage in fun activities and exercises with the children at the children home
  • Receive and carry out delegated instructions from group leaders during your volunteer project days
  • Develop your critical thinking skills to solve issues as they arise at your project

Project Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of this project:

  • Repainting the boy’s dorms to beautify their surroundings
  • Renovating the boy’s bathrooms
  • Joining fun activities at the children home with the children
  • Exploring the Blue Mountains to see how Coffee is farmed and produced, go hiking and more
  • Spending a day in Negril on the 7-mile beach, stop at Rick’s café
  • Going to Reach Falls and the Blue Lagoon to swim, and have jerk lunch at Boston Jerk Centre
  • Stopping at the Appleton Estate to see how rum and sugar are made, lunch at Little Ochi Seafood Restaurant and visiting Pelican Bar
  • Going to Rose Hall Great House to explore, swim at Drs’ Cave Beach and have dinner at a restaurant on the Montego Bay Hip Strip
  • On the final night, enjoy a farewell party at Lime Cay with complimentary snacks and refreshments
  • Receiving volunteer and cultural immersion certificates at the end of the program
  • Optional Dolphin Cove excursion can be purchased as an add-on
  • Optional Kingston Highlights tour can be purchased as an add-on

Ideal Volunteers For this Project

This project is ideal for volunteers who work well with others, are willing and eager to give back, and who are excited about becoming a part of a new volunteer movement. These volunteers may include:

  • Mature volunteers and career breakers
  • Volunteers aged 16 and over who like working with children
  • Teenagers and parents looking for a structured summer volunteer program (teens under 16 must be accompanied by a guardian)
  • Volunteers who are good with their hands or painters, carpenters or masons (building skills are not mandatory)
  • University students seeking a fun yet impactful alternative summer vacation trip
  • High school teachers planning volunteer trips abroad for their students (senior classes)
  • Vacationers seeking a vacation with a difference
  • Companies looking for a meaningful trip for their members to join
  • Travel influencers and bloggers seeking new experiences
  • Families seeking a fun-filled yet structured volunteer trip

Project Details

Jamaica National Children home has been one of our volunteer partners since 2015. Having been opened in 1973 as a branch of Britain’s National Children’s Home, they have since become one of the top homes of safety for disabled, abandoned and abused children, or wards of the state in the island. As a result, their primary objective is to provide a safe haven for all of the children enrolled there, as well as to aid in their development.

The children home operate 3 programs on their premises, all of which provide vital services to the children there. These include the Residential Dorm, Carberry Court Special Project and the Tegwyn Facility.

The Residential Dorm:  This is the home where most of the children reside. It houses over 50 children between the ages of 6 and 18.

Carberry Court Special School: This is a school for the intellectually disabled children with about 100 students enrolled. These students are taught life skills, basic academics, as well as gain work experience that prepares them for working in the world and allowing them to lead more fruitful lives. In addition, it serves children from the surrounding communities.

The Tegwyn Facility: Special round the clock care is provided to severely mentally and physically challenged children and young adults who live in this facility. Moreover, exercises are performed for the children, including stimulation programs, water therapy and more.

Duration

This project will run for 2 weeks (14 nights/15 days).

Dates

The dates for this project are Thursday, August 1, 2019, to Thursday, August 15, 2019. As a result, your flight should be booked for Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston (KIN) and should be booked for the above dates for arrival and departure.

Support

Immediately after booking this project, you will begin receiving our support services, which include the following:

  • A signed fundraising letter that you can use in your home country to raise funds and collect donations for your project
  • Access to your group’s exclusive mailing list, where we will post all news, updates, important documentation and exclusive content
  • Online group meetings and info sessions will be conducted at set dates before the beginning of this project. During these group discussions we will get an introduction to all other group members, meet key members of the team, discuss volunteer activities, receive project updates and much more
  • University and high school students may be able to utilize the volunteer hours completed during this project at school. We will gladly sign any documentation that verifies volunteer hours completed, and all volunteers will receive a volunteer certificate
  • We provide full pre-arrival support to all volunteers, so we can always set up a 1 on 1 Skype session to discuss this project or any questions you may have, as well as to give you a better understanding about us and this project

Culture Class

As a part of your package, we provide you with complimentary classes on the Jamaican culture, which you will receive a certificate for upon the completion of your project.

During the cultural classes we will touch on the following topics:

  • Traditions/Norms
  • Religion
  • Food
  • Language
  • Art and Recreation
  • Our history
  • Values
  • Government
  • National Monuments

When you arrive in Jamaica we will begin these lessons on the following day to get you on the fast track to learning about the Jamaican culture so you will better understand the island and its people.

Patois Class

We will also give you a lesson on Patois (pronounced Pat-Wah) which is our local dialect. It is a second language you will hear many locals speaking around you.

As soon as you begin your Patois lessons you will learn the following:

  • Greetings and salutations
  • Gender-specific words and terms
  • Popular words and phrases
  • The history of Patois
  • The social standing of Patois
  • Group exercise to use Patois

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival

1. Arrive in Jamaica at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston (KIN)

2. Firstly, we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the Grand Port Royal Hotel where you will be checked in.

3. Secondly, meet with Jomo Barnett and the other members of your team and grab refreshments

4. Thirdly, have a quick introductory session to be formally introduced to the different members of the group, and do a quick icebreaker

5. Finally, enjoy your Jamaican welcome dinner

Day 2Children's Home Day One

1. Prior to commencing your volunteer duties, receive an official welcome and orientation on your volunteer/vacation in Jamaica, receive your printed itinerary and orientation guide and tour the property

2. Enjoy breakfast

3. Do a team building exercise to strengthen your bond and get to know each other better

4. Receive your first Patois class

5. Travel from the hotel to the Jamaica National Children home to begin your volunteer work, meet the children, tour the property and get to know the staff

6. Travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

7. Enjoy group dinner

8. Receive your first Jamaican Culture Class

Day 3Rose Hall Great House adventure & Drs’ Cave Beach adventure

1. Firstly, enjoy breakfast

2. Secondly, travel from the hotel to Rose Hall Great House to tour the haunted mansion, then head to Dr’s cave beach to swim, snorkel and sunbathe

3. Thirdly, travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

4. Finally, enjoy group dinner

Day 4Blue Mountain Highlights

1. Firstly, enjoy breakfast

2. Secondly, travel from the hotel to the Blue Mountain for 6 hours to explore Craighton estate coffee farm, Strawberry Hills, New Castle Hollywell Park to hike and enjoy the scene

3. Next, travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

4. Lastly, enjoy group dinner

Day 5Children's Home Day Two

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Receive your second Patois class

3. Travel from the hotel to the Jamaica National Children home to resume your volunteer work

4. Travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

5. Receive your second Jamaican Culture Class

6. Enjoy group dinner

7. Games Night!

Day 6Children's Home Day Three

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Receive your second Patois class

3. Travel from the hotel to the Jamaica National Children home to resume your volunteer work

4. Travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

5. Receive your second Jamaican Culture Class

6. Enjoy group dinner

7. Games Night!

Day 7Children's Home Day Four

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Travel from the hotel to the Jamaica National Children home to resume your volunteer work

3. Travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

4. Receive your fourth Jamaican Culture Class

5. Enjoy group dinner

6. Scavenger hunt

Day 8Children's Home Day Five

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Travel from the hotel to the Blue Mountain for 6 hours to explore Craighton estate coffee farm, Strawberry Hills, New Castle Hollywell Park to hike and enjoy the scene

3. Travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

4. Enjoy group dinner

Day 9Children Home or Kingston Highlights (Optional)

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Travel from the hotel to the Jamaica National Children home to resume your volunteer work

Or

1. Visit the Bob Marley Museum, Kingston Craft Market, Devon House and learn about Kingston (if you purchase it as an add-on)

2. Travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

3. Enjoy group dinner

4. Culture night

Day 10Blue Lagoon And Reach Falls Adventure

1. Firstly, enjoy breakfast

2. Secondly, travel from the hotel to the Blue Lagoon in Portland for a boat ride to Monkey Island and to swim.

3. Thirdly, have lunch at Boston Jerk Centre

4. After lunch head to Reach Falls for a thrilling day of enjoying the falls

5. Next, travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

6. Finally, enjoy a group dinner

Day 11Negril Day

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Travel from the hotel Seven Mile Beach in Negril to swim, snorkel sunbathe and more, then catch the sunset at Rick’s Café

3. Travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

4. Enjoy group dinner

Day 12Children's Home Final Day

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Travel from the hotel to the Jamaica National Children home to wrap up your volunteer work, give the children your donations and say your goodbyes to everyone at the home

3. Travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

4. Enjoy group dinner

5. Karaoke night

Day 13Appleton Estate adventure, Pelican Bar & Little Ochi Lunch

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Travel from the hotel to Appleton Estate to learn how rum and sugar are made. Stop for lunch at Little Ochi Seafood restaurant

3. After Little Ochi head to Pelican Bar out in the sea to swim and hang out

4. Travel back to the accommodation to enjoy the pool, rest, visit the bar or unwind

5. Enjoy group dinner

Day 14Dolphin Cove (Optional) Or Rest Day & Lime Cay

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Travel from the hotel to Dolphin Cove to swim with sharks and Dolphins (if you purchase it as an add-on)

OR

1. Spend the day visiting the spa, going to a nearby restaurant, enjoying the amenities at the hotel or relaxing

2. Travel back to the accommodation and go to Lime Cay for a sendoff party with snacks and refreshments

3. Enjoy group dinner

4. Have a farewell ceremony to receive your certificates

Day 15Departure

1. Enjoy breakfast

2. Say your goodbyes to the members of your group

3. Travel from the hotel to the airport and depart Jamaica with a heart full of fondness for your new-found friends and the memories of an amazing adventure

Teams and Housing

Group Leaders

Joanne Lambert

Team Sunshine & Stars Leader

My name is Joanne Lambert and I am a volunteer youth worker. I first came to Jamaica in 2017, when I led a Girlguiding trip; we joined with JIP who organized the programme. Having had an amazing time decorating the girls’ dormitory we wanted to return to renovate the boys’ rooms. We are a small team coming from the UK and are looking forward to welcoming you to team sunshine and stars.

Holly and I are sharing all of the roles. Although I am doing much more of the organizing!

  • Planning the itinerary
  • Creating a budget for the project
  • Selecting volunteer activities and adventures
  • Organizing pre-arrival information sessions
  • Recruiting new volunteers to join this project

Holly Emmerson

Team Sunshine & Stars Leader

My name is Holly Emmerson I am a teacher and youth volunteer from the UK. We had a wonderful trip renovating the girls’ areas in 2017 and cannot wait to return to work the same magic for the boys living space in 2019

  • Planning the itinerary
  • Creating a budget for the project
  • Selecting volunteer activities and adventures
  • Organizing pre-arrival information sessions
  • Recruiting new volunteers to join this project

Jomo Barnett

Program Director

As the Program Director for this project, I assist Joanne and Holly with arranging this project, as well as arranging the local logistics. My duties include:

  • Planning the itinerary
  • Creating a budget for the project
  • Liaising with the children home and our local partners
  • Arranging all local adventures and reserving tickets
  • Recruiting new volunteers to join this project
  • Providing pre-arrival support to all volunteers who inquire or register for this project
  • Assigning and supervising all local staff who will support the team in Jamaica
  • Overseeing arrangements for food, transportation, and accommodation
  • Organizing pre-arrival information sessions

Accommodation

Location

Grand Port Royal Hotel

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Cleaning Service
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wifi

Meals

Full breakfast and dinner are included in your package each day. We cater for volunteers with special dietary requirements such as gluten allergies, diabetes, vegans and more.

Health and Safety

The health, safety, and security of all our volunteers remain our top priority at all times. Here are some of the steps we take to ensure you remain safe during this project:

  • A Program Advisor who is certified in first aid will be with you at your project, accommodation and during all excursions
  • We provide all transportation to and from all activities, so you will be kept safe at all times
  • The hotel where you will be staying in is fully walled and has 24-hour security guards
  • All volunteers are required to be covered by travel health insurance. We can provide you with coverage if you do not have a plan

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Price

Single Room Package (1 Bed) — $3,430 USD Per Person

Double Room Package (2 Beds) — $2,380 USD Per Person

Price Includes

  • Shared double room or single room at Grand Port Royal Hotel (each room equipped with AC)
  • Full breakfast and dinner
  • Rooms and bathrooms cleaned daily
  • Cable television
  • Refrigerator Access
  • Transfer to and from JNCH on scheduled days
  • Swimming Pool
  • 24 hour security
  • Staff trained in first aid available 24 hours
  • In-house entertainment on select nights
  • Orientation and support document on the day of arrival
  • Cultural training sessions (certification awarded at the end)
  • Patois classes (certificates awarded at the end)
  • Volunteer certificate upon successful completion of your program
  • Successfully completing your program grants pre-approval for alumni discounts and perks
  • Pre arrival support and assistance
  • Entrance fee to all planned excursions
  • Blue Mountain adventure, Negril adventure, Reach Falls & Blue Lagoon adventure, Appleton Estate adventure, Rose Hall Great House adventure, Drs’ Cave Beach adventure, and Lime Cay adventure
  • Optional Dolphin Cove adventure (available as an add-on)
  • Optional Kingston Highlights adventure with Bob Marley Museum, Devon House and Craft Market (available as add-on)
  • Airport pickup and return

Price Excludes

  • Flight
  • Lunch
  • Insurance (can be added as an add-on)
  • Visa
  • Gratuities
  • Additional meals
  • Additional adventures
  • Personal shopping funds

Payment

To secure your space in this project you will need to make a payment as soon as possible, as space is limited and will go quickly. After you book this program you can either pay in full or pay a 30% deposit and take a 2-month payment plan to settle the balance. Immediately after all the spaces in this project are booked the booking option will be disabled, so act fast to secure your space!

You may pay using either a credit card or bank wire transfer. All credit card payments will incur a 4% processing fee, and for wire transfers, you will be responsible for covering any wire transfer fees.

Fundraising

We encourage all of our volunteers to do some fundraising back home before you arrive in Jamaica. This can help you cover the cost of your trip, as well as allow you to collect donations in cash or kind that you could take along to give to the children at the children home.

We can also provide you with a sponsorship letter that you could take to businesses, schools, churches, family members and friends back home to help collect items or cash to purchase items for you to donate to the children’s home. When you board your flight, you can take along donation items in an extra suitcase.

Sponsorship

You can sponsor this trip by providing funds to help offset some of the expenses incurred by the volunteers, as well as to help provide some needed resources to help the volunteers better perform their duties.

Some areas your sponsorship will cover include:

  • Providing daily lunch for the volunteers
  • Adding some funds to cover the cost of paint, brushes, mirrors, brooms etc.
  • Hiring professionals to repair swings, bathroom fixtures and more
  • Arranging a send-off party for the volunteers on their final day at the children home
  • Providing pre-arrival support to all volunteers who inquire or register for this project

By being a sponsor, you will receive the following perks:

  • We will provide daily updates on our website and social media profiles about this trip, where we will feature your brand/name prominently as a sponsor
  • Press releases will be prepared for this project, which we will always provide credit to yourself as a sponsor
  • We will create a blog post for the trip, and in that blog post you will receive a shout out as well
  • You will receive project updates, photos and videos of the volunteers at the project, and a personalized thank you message for the entire team
  • Each volunteer will be provided with T-shirts, water bottles and custom pins to commemorate this trip, all of which will contain your logo and name as a sponsor

To become the official sponsor of this project, please visit our sponsorship application form and submit your inquiry. We will review it and get back to you within 24 hours.

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Reviews

  • 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.

    Joanne Lamber
    Joanne Lambert
    Girlguiding Leader
  • Incredible authentic experience. A fantastic first experience of Jamaica! The volunteer aspect was well organized and incredibly worthwhile. The experience and bonds made will last forever. The excursions were well thought out and gave a real authentic experience of the country. One of the best trips I’ve ever done and I am so impressed with every aspect of the project and especially loved the Jamaican food every night.

    Holly Emmerson
    Holly Emmerson
    Girlguiding Leader
  • We volunteered by painting the girl’s dorms at Jamaica National Children’s Home. It was the most wonderful experience as we really got to know the girls and their personalities. I really enjoyed spending time with the children and playing with them. It truly was an amazing experience. The excursions really immersed us in the culture of Jamaica. The food and accommodation were lovely and gave us an authentic experience of Jamaica.

    Saffy Trueman
    Girlguiding Leader
  • A fantastic experience with memories that I will share back home and that will stay with me forever. We have had an amazing two weeks in Jamaica. It has been a full programme and a good mix of volunteering at the children’s home, plus visiting different attractions around the island. At the children’s home, I spent most of my time decorating which was hot and sweaty work, but it was very satisfying to see and hear the difference we had made. Our sightseeing days were long and busy days, but there was so much to see and do – from climbing waterfalls to swimming in the sea to visiting a plantation. Food and hotel have been good and everyone has been friendly and welcoming. Thanks for the great experience.

    Jo Ross
    Jo Ross
    Girlguiding Leader
  • My whole experience in Jamaica has been amazing. Working in the home and seeing the bedrooms, bathrooms, and corridor of the girl’s part being made to look more decorative and seeing the girls smiles when asked if they liked it. The hotel was perfect, it is by the sea. Lovely friendly, helpful staff and the caterers who came in were wonderful. They catered for all of us. We tried a lot of different Jamaican dishes and they were wonderful and took requests.

    Tricia Collen
    Girlguiding Leader
  • During my time in Jamaica with Jamaica International Projects, I have had a very enjoyable time. The volunteering gave me a fantastic experience that I will never forget. The excursions we were able to do gave us an authentic vision and experience in Jamaica. The food was amazing and nobody ever went away hungry, and whenever we needed to buy lunch we were always given plenty of options for food. The accommodation was very good and the staff at the hotel very useful. Jomo Barnett was an amazing guide and support during our time in Jamaica.

    Emily Solloway
    Emily Solloway
    Girlguiding Leader
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