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


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

While volunteering with animals abroad in Jamaica, you can also request a placement with veterinarians and private practices, as well as a zoo. In addition to being impactful, our projects run year-round and are perfect for animal lovers, as well as seasoned vets looking to give back (and even vets in training).

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

Your Rewards

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



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 a Skype meeting 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


Barnetts Homestay Photo

Barnett’s Home Stay

This is an affordable option where you can stay with Jomo, the owner of Jamaica International Projects and his family. Dorm room sleeps up to 5 volunteers comfortably. 

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Port Royal Grand Hotel

Grand Port Royal Hotel

While volunteering with animals abroad in Jamaica you may also choose this 3-star hotel as accommodation. You will receive our full support while there.

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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

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.

Daily Cultural Training

You will receive daily Jamaican culture lessons while you volunteer abroad with animals with us in Jamaica. These lessons are roughly 30 minutes each, and cover topics such as our food, government, history, traditions, norms, religion and more.

Jamaican Language Classes

While you complete volunteer work abroad with animals, 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.

Mentorship Session/Review Of The Day

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.


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 Abroad Animals Placement Only

1 Time Payment – $300
(Per Person)

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

Home Stay Packages

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

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 overseas animals 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
  • 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 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 animal volunteer work 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.

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)

Once you are accepted into 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)
  • Flight itinerary
  • Completed volunteer application form
  • Qualifications (if you are seeking an advanced placement)

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).


  • 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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