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So you find yourself in Jamaica and are thinking to join a volunteer orphanage Jamaica experience for a day. You are definitely in the right place, as we would love to help you arrange an impactful day of volunteering with children. Escape your hotel or guest house for the day and let our expert Project Advisors guide you to a unique experience that only a select few enjoy in their lives.
Jamaica has two faces – the much more famous side known for stunning beaches, soothing reggae music, breathtaking landmarks, and our warm climate, among other things. The lesser-known side consists of many Jamaicans living in less than ideal circumstances, with the cost of living being at an all-time high.
As a result, many families are either unwilling or unable to properly care for their own children, who are then forced to live in children homes or ‘orphanages’. And just like Jamaica as a country, the children homes in Jamaica are home to a multitude of minors of varying ages and backgrounds. Not only do they house kids whose families can’t care for them, but they also accommodate those that are orphaned, as well as children who suffer from behavioral issues.
By joining this volunteer orphanage Jamaica project you probably won’t solve all the problems of the children, but you will definitely spend a day meaningfully while you get an insight into the Jamaican culture and make some new friends along the way.
Your volunteer orphanage Jamaica Project Advisor will meet you at your hotel/guest house, and after introductions, you will be transferred to the children home in either Kingston or Montego Bay (you will go to the home closest to your accommodation location, and this will be confirmed during booking).
When you arrive at the children home, you will be introduced to the local staff, shown around the property and introduced to the children. Once you are settled in you can begin your volunteer abroad in orphanage tasks, until lunchtime when you can take a break and enjoy a meal. This will either be provided on-site, or we will transfer you to a restaurant or food store nearby (cost included).
After lunch, you will continue volunteering until you complete your tasks for the day. At the end of the day, you can hand off any supplies and donations you brought with you and say goodbye to the children and the staff. We will then provide you with your volunteer certificate for successfully completing your volunteer project.
You will then be transferred back to your accommodation, to make any pre-scheduled stops along the way or off to another excursion (if you selected this option).
Some ideas of what you could do on your volunteer abroad in orphanage 1-day trip include:
These are just some examples. Feel free to discuss any other activities you would like to engage in during your project.
No academic qualification needed
We recommend you take along the following items with you:
Transfer from your accommodation to the children home nearest to your accommodation.
Settle in, get introduced to the staff and kids and tour the property. Start doing the volunteer orphanage Jamaica activities you had planned before your arrival.
Stop for lunch. Have it either delivered to you at the home or get transferred to a food joint nearby to eat.
Continue volunteering or get transferred to other planned activities such as beach outings or other cultural immersion excursions.
You will be transferred back to your accommodation after a fulfilling and adventurous day
NB: All prices below are quoted in USD and are based per person
15 or More People – $82.50
6 – 14 People – $105
2- 5 People – $120
1 Person – $150
From Port Royal
15 or More People – $99
6 – 14 People – $126
2- 5 People – $144
1 Person – $180
From Montego or Falmouth
15 or More People – $82.50
6 – 14 People – $105
2- 5 People – $120
1 Person – $150
15 or More People – $110
6 – 14 People – $140
2- 5 People – $166
1 Person – $200
From Ocho Rios
15 or More People – $115.50
6 – 14 People – $147
2- 5 People – $168
1 Person – $210
2 – 5 People – 20%
6 – 14 People – 30%
15 Or More People – 45%
Deluxe Upgrade – $50
Photos with DSLR, lunch, fruit juice, beer, and rum punch (alcoholic beverages served after volunteer work complete)
Lunch – $20
Stop for lunch or have it brought to you
Combined Volunteer Experience – $120
Combine this project with another volunteer experience, half a day at the beach (Dr’s Cave in Montego Bay & Fort Clarence Beach for Kingston) or another tour near your volunteer area (entrance for tours other than beach not included)
Emergency Support Services – $20
Emergency assistance just in case you need it. This includes a local cell phone, and we will be on call in case of emergency
You can pay with a credit card or wire transfer when booking a 1 Day Volunteer Project. After you make your booking we will send you payment instructions.
If you have decided to book this project after reading the information above, proceed to the booking form, enter the relevant information and select the payment plan that works best for you (either make a 30% deposit or pay in full). By submitting the booking form you will NOT be making a binding commitment to join the project, however it will allow us to better advise and assist you in booking the best volunteer project for you. After you’ve submitted your booking, you will be sent an application form which you must fill out. This form will give us information about yourself so we can make the relevant preparation for your volunteer experience.
If you are interested in this project but you are not ready to book, please complete our enquiry form, utilize the live chat option, give us a call or send us an email for more information.
A Project Advisor will review your application and contact you within 24 hours via email, Skype, Google Hangouts or telephone. You will get a chance to discuss your goals, skills, fundraising and ask us any questions. You may also schedule an interview to learn more about us and tell us more about yourself and your goals. After we have had a successful interview, we will then proceed to send you a request for payment of the processing fee, as well as the volunteer project cost. By making a deposit you will secure your space in this project. Only then will your project be guaranteed.
After making the payment as per your payment plan, and submitting your volunteer application you will be sent a list of documentation that you need to submit. Please submit these documents as soon as possible. If you are planning to join this program then you should start the process of obtaining them from now. These documents are:
Once you are accepted into the volunteer project, have submitted the relevant documents and have secured your placement with a payment, you will need to cover all your remaining expenses, such as cultural immersion/adventure costs, remaining balances from deposits or any outstanding processing fees owed. If you wish to update your package during or after this period please contact your program advisor.
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.
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.
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.