Volunteer Eye Care Projects

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


Our volunteer eye care programs are perfect for ophthalmologists, (or those still in training), nurses, doctors or any other persons with a medical background and an interest in traveling abroad to volunteer their time and services. The optometry volunteer abroad projects we provide will give you the chance to help the less fortunate in Jamaica to receive free eye care, support and advice.

Oftentimes Jamaicans are unable to afford the necessary eye exams and treatment needed to care for their eyes, and as a result, volunteers are needed to lend their skills and experience to local clinics and eye doctors.

By joining our volunteer eye care programs you can go out into local communities to put on free eye exams, and also have a chance to work in local eye clinics/doctor offices and work with experienced ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat patients. Eye care volunteer opportunities in Jamaica will award you with a priceless learning experience, as well as the chance to test and hone your skills in real-world situations.

Your Rewards

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



You do not need prior experience to join our volunteer eye care programs, however, if you wish for more advanced placements where you will be doing medical work, such as eye exams, using medical machinery or other tasks you need qualifications and experience.

Ophthalmologists and eye care professionals will need to provide such qualifications during application to secure advanced placements.

Ideal Volunteers

  • Ophthalmologists
  • Eye care professionals
  • Teens and young adults who would like to explore the eye care field
  • Couples and families, with at least 1 member qualified to do eye care work
  • Corporate groups
  • Business owners
  • Mature volunteers
  • Professionals
  • High school and university groups

Planning Your Project Activities

We encourage all volunteers to pre-plan for their optometry volunteer abroad projects. This ensures you will make the biggest impact during your project. When you are accepted to join the project, we will advise and assist you with brainstorming about the activities you wish to do during your project. We can also schedule a Skype meeting with you to go over the activities you have planned.

What you can do during your optometry volunteer programs:

  • Embark on community outreach programs to provide eye care, test visual acuity, distribute eye care educational material and educate the public on caring for the eyes
  • Volunteer in local ophthalmologist’s office to shadow experts and observe surgeries, assist with patient care, and record patient history
  • Assist with diagnosing patients, distributing glasses and medication prescribed by the ophthalmologists
  • Visit local schools, orphanages, clinics, and other organizations to educate locals on proper eye care
  • Do a fundraising campaign back home to raise cash and kind to donate to the eye care facility or clinic where you will be volunteering

These are just some examples. Feel free to discuss any other activities you would like to engage in during your project.

Your First Day

The first day of your volunteer eye care project will see you visiting your volunteer site accompanied by your Project Advisor. You will get a tour of the property, get introduced to your team members, receive a brief project orientation and learn where to get lunch.

Afternoon And Weekends

On some afternoons and weekends when you do not have any volunteer work planned, you can purchase a tour and adventure package to have some fun during your ophthalmology volunteer abroad project.

Project Completion

After your optometry volunteer programs are done, we will award you with your Volunteer Certificate, signed by our Managing Director. If you have any documents that verify your volunteer or service hours, we will be happy to sign those as well.

Resources For Volunteer Eye Care Projects

We strongly encourage all volunteers joining our ophthalmology volunteer opportunities to do some form of fundraising back home to gather resources that can be donated to your project. These include glasses frames, eye drops, reading glasses, contact lenses etc.

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

An option of accommodation for our optometry volunteer programs where you can stay with Jomo, the owner of Jamaica International Projects and his family. This option houses up to 5 volunteers comfortably in dorm rooms equipped with air conditioning.

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Port Royal Grand Hotel

Grand Port Royal Hotel (Couples & Groups)

Another boarding option for ophthalmology volunteer abroad projects that is ideal for couples and groups of all sizes. You will receive our full support while staying at this hotel.

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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

Each day during your optometry volunteer programs abroad you will receive breakfast and dinner. We work with volunteers with all dietary needs, such as gluten allergies, diabetes, vegans etc.

Daily Cultural Training

Each weekday we provide you with training and lessons on the Jamaican culture. These daily lessons run for about 30 minutes each and include areas such as traditions, history, food, government, 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.

Jamaican Language Classes

Our eye care volunteer abroad projects also include lessons on how to read, write and speak our local dialect called Patois (pronounced Pat-Wah).

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

To start your eye care volunteer opportunities, we will pick you up at the hotel nearest to your accommodation with a sign saying “Jamaica International Projects”, and you will be transferred directly from the airport to your accommodation.

Daily Transfers

We will take you to and from your optometry volunteer abroad work site each day. You can also arrange stops to pick up groceries, change money, embark on cultural tours etc.

Tour Transfers

Our eye care volunteer opportunities include a Project Advisor accompanying you on your tours, adventures and cultural field trips and function as your guide.

Return To Airport

After your project is complete we will take you back to the airport.


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

Volunteer Eye Care Placement Only

1 Time Payment – $300
(Per Person)

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

Volunteer Eye Care 1 Day

Cost – Varies

We arrange eye care volunteer abroad projects for 1 day only that are perfect for volunteers with little time.

Full Packages

Volunteer Eye Care Processing Fee (Added To Total)

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

Homestay Packages

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

Hotel Double Room

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 optometry volunteer abroad 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
  • Eye 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 (You can purchase affordable IMG travel medical insurance here)
  • Any teaching equipment or material needed to complete your project

Payment Methods

You can choose between 2 payment methods to secure your international ophthalmology volunteer opportunity in Jamaica:

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 eye care volunteer opportunities, 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 the optometry volunteer 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 (if you do not have insurance you can purchase it here)
  • Flight itinerary
  • Completed volunteer application form
  • Proof of qualification to teach (if you are seeking a placement as a qualified teacher)

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).


  • 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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