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1 Week to 3 Months
Availability : Year Round
Jamaica & Online
Min Age : 16
Max People : 30

Looking For Animal Volunteer Abroad Opportunities To Give Back?

We offer a number of veterinary volunteer abroad opportunities in Jamaica. These include full projects that include accommodation, transportations, and meals, placement-only projects where we arrange a meaningful volunteer placement so that you can volunteer with animals in Jamaica, and online volunteer opportunities where you can work with zoos, veterinarians, animal shelters, and more to lend a hand remotely.


If you are seeking volunteer abroad animal projects, then we have the perfect opportunities for you in Jamaica. You will be placed in one of the island’s top animal care facilities, where you can lend your time, efforts, and skills while you volunteer with animals abroad.

While volunteering with animals abroad in Jamaica, you can work with animal shelters or hospitals, veterinarians, zoos, conservation agencies, marine biology labs, and more. In addition to being impactful, our projects run year-round and are perfect for animal lovers, as well as seasoned veterinarians looking to give back (and even vets in training).

Join our projects to begin animal volunteer work abroad in Jamaica today!

Your Rewards

  • Animal Care volunteer certificate
  • Up to 40 volunteer hours each week
  • Daily mentorship sessions
  • Jamaican culture course (online)
  • Patois (local dialect) language course (online)
  • 10% off all tours & adventures



No qualifications or experience is needed to perform basic duties while you volunteer with animals abroad, however more advanced placements such as to do surgeries, x rays and other technical duties require you to be qualified with adequate experience.

Ideal Volunteers

  • Animal lovers
  • Veterinarians
  • Animal groomers, trainers and caretakers
  • Students and vets in training
  • Teens and young adults who would like to explore the veterinary field
  • Couples and families, with at least 1 member willing and able to work with animals
  • Corporate groups
  • Business owners
  • Mature volunteers
  • Professionals
  • High school and university groups looking to volunteer with animals

Planning Your Project Activities

When volunteering with animals abroad, it is always encouraged that proper pre-planning is done to ensure that your project will be as impactful as possible. From the moment you are accepted into this program, you are advised to begin brainstorming on the activities you would like to do during your project. Likewise, you may also schedule an online meeting or call with your Project Advisor to discuss placements and the activities that you have planned.

Some tasks you can do on your volunteer abroad animals project include:

  • Assisting with dental check-ups to check teeth and oral cavity
  • Screening for common diseases
  • Microchip identification and insertion
  • Assist and observe in performing surgical procedures
  • Work with a local team to resolve emergency cases
  • Educate pet owners on proper care of pets
  • Assist with lab work such as heartworm tests, blood tests, etc.
  • Help with testing for parasites
  • Pet maintenance services, for instance, vaccinations, bird grooming, and applying internal medicine
  • Help with reproductive services, for example, spaying and neutering, artificial insemination, ultrasonography, etc.
  • Donate pet carriers, toys, and equipment that you may have at home that is no longer in use
  • Assist with feeding, cleaning, and exercising dogs and cats in shelters and cleaning kennels
  • Visit schools and communities to raise awareness and educate children and locals on how to care for animals, and how to report animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect to the authorities
  • There may be an option to adopt or purchase an animal while in Jamaica to become a lifelong member of your family to take back home!
  • Help perform nose-to-tail physical check-ups, where you listen to the pets’ heart and lungs, test vision, check the ears, palpate skin, abdomen, lymph node, muscle, and joints
  • Visit a local zoo to work with the zookeepers and staff while working with exotic animals

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 animal volunteer work abroad project, you will be accompanied to your volunteer site by your Project Advisor. While there they will assist you, especially with getting a tour of your work environment, introducing you to the team you will be working with, providing you with a brief orientation and informing you of lunch arrangements.

Afternoon And Weekends

During the weekends and some afternoons after your project is over, you can purchase a tour and cultural immersion adventure package. These tours are perfect to inject some fun and adventure before, during or after you start to volunteer abroad with animals in Jamaica.

Project Completion

Following the completion of your volunteer work abroad with animals trip, you will receive your Volunteer Certificate, signed by our Managing Director. Furthermore, we will also sign any documents that you need to certify volunteer/service hours completed on your trip.

Resources For Volunteer Abroad Animals Project

We encourage all volunteers seeking to volunteer with animals abroad in Jamaica to collect donations and items back home that can be donated to your volunteer site. These include chewing toys, collars, leashes, medication, treats and more.

We will send you a list of needed resources for your volunteer site

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


JIP Bunk Bed

Barnett’s Home Stay

You can stay with Jomo, the owner of Jamaica International Projects and his family. You will be in a dorm room that sleeps up to 5 people comfortably, with air conditioning.

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Port Royal Grand Hotel

Grand Port Royal Hotel

This 3-star hotel is ideal for couples and groups. You will receive our full support while here as well.

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Custom Group Accommodations

For groups, you will be able to choose from a wide list of guest houses or hotels across Jamaica to accommodate your members. You can choose from small guesthouses 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

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

Online Cultural Immersion Course

While you volunteer abroad with animals with us in Jamaica, you will get access to our Cultural Immersion Course online. The moment you pay the processing fee you will get access to the course online, even before you arrive in Jamaica. 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.

Jamaican Language Classes

As a part of your volunteer work abroad with animals trip, 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.


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.

Mentorship Session/Review Of The Day

At the end of each day, we offer optional daily mentorship sessions for younger volunteers or a general review of the workday 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 15-30 minutes and will be done in person, online, or over the phone.


Airport Pickup

We will pick you up at the airport closest to your accommodation. Your driver will have a sign with our name and logo.

Daily Transfers

You will be transferred to and from your work site each day by our drivers. You may also arrange stops to pick up groceries, change money, embark on cultural tours etc.

Tour Transfers

While doing your volunteer work with animals abroad, your Project Advisor will accompany you on all tours, excursions and cultural field trips to act as your tour guide.

Return To Airport

When your veterinary volunteer abroad trip comes to an end, you will be transferred safely back to the airport.


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

Volunteer To Teach French Online

1 Person – $399
3 or More – $200

Stay at home and volunteer online to teach French to Jamaicans

Volunteer Abroad Animals Placement Only

1 Person – $349
3 or More – $175

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

Volunteer Overseas Animals 1 Day

Cost – Varies

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

Full Volunteer Packages

Volunteering With Animals Abroad Processing Fee (Added To Total)

1 Person – $199
3 or More – $100

Barnett's Home Stay Packages

1 Week – $640
Extra Weeks – $550 per week

Partner Accommodation Packages

1 Week – $755
Extra Weeks – $620 per week

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    Price Includes

    • Pre-arrival support and assistance
    • Sourcing your volunteer overseas animals placement
    • Orientation and support documentation on the day of arrival
    • Online Jamaican culture training course (certificate awarded at the end)
    • Online Patois course
    • Daily mentorship/review of the day’s activities of your volunteer project
    • Pickup from airport and transfer to accommodation
    • Private room or spacious dorm room at the designated accommodation. Live with a local host family in a home stay
    • Full breakfast daily
    • Barnett's Homestay includes dinner
    • Daily transportation to and from volunteer work site
    • 24/7 in-country support
    • Animal Care 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
    • A 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

    Payment Methods

    You can choose between 2 payment methods to secure your volunteer work abroad with animals 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.


    Step One (Research and Booking)

    Once you have decided to join our animal volunteer work abroad 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 your application you will NOT be making a binding commitment to join the project.

    Step Two (Online Meeting)

    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, where you would like to be placed, what you want to do on your animal volunteer abroad project, and ask us questions.

    Step Three (Document Submission)

    Once you are accepted into the animal volunteer work abroad project, you will be required to submit your documents as soon as possible. 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 (follow the link to purchase travel health insurance) *not needed for online projects
    • Completed volunteer application form
    • Qualifications (if you are seeking an advanced placement)
    • Flight itinerary *not needed for online projects

    Step Four (Finalizing Payments)

    Make your outstanding payments. Full volunteer projects have the option to join a 3-month payment plan. Once you are approved for the program then any processing fees will become due immediately.


    • 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
      Girlguiding Leader/ Volunteer Vacation
    • 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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