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Volunteer Orphanage Jamaica 1 Day Trip

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1 - 8 Hours
Availability : Mondays To Saturdays
All Across Jamaica
Kingston or Montego Bay
Min Age : 12
Max People : 30


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.


What To Expect

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).

Volunteer Orphanage Jamaica Project Highlights

  • Share your skills, knowledge, and experience with children
  • Get an inside look into the life of Jamaicans and learn our culture
  • A Project Advisor will be with you as a local guide
  • Take along donations and supplies with you (we can take you to purchase these)
  • We donate 10% of the profits to charity
  • Stay for as little as 1 hour up to 8 hours
  • Do a wide range of activities such as cooking, cleaning, spending time with the children etc.
  • This project is 100% customizable so you will decide exactly what you will do

What You Can Do

Some ideas of what you could do on your volunteer abroad in orphanage 1-day trip include:

  • Helping children with homework after school
  • Caring for babies and small children (not all homes house babies)
  • Helping house mothers in the kitchen to prepare meals
  • Teaching the children reading and writing exercises
  • Organizing Arts and Crafts sessions
  • Playing games and telling stories
  • Sharing your culture and experiences
  • Organizing mini fashion shows or other fun activities
  • Setting up sports activities/exercises, matches, tournaments and more
  • Painting areas of the home, assist with yard work, repair broken furniture and help with cleaning
  • Mentoring the children in 1 on 1 or group sessions to help them overcome individual issues
  • Planning special activities based on your career, skills, and talents
  • Sponsoring and mentoring a child that needs assistance
  • After you depart you can decide to sponsor a child to keep in contact and offer assistance

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

Why You Should Book With Us

  • Air-conditioned transfers are provided
  • Complimentary water is given, with beer and other add-ons available
  • Have a local guide with you at all times
  • We have over 4 years experience with volunteers
  • We specialize in ensuring volunteers are safe at all times
  • From the moment you contact us and even after you leave we support you
  • Our volunteer orphanage Jamaica projects are fully flexible with dates, times and the activities you do
  • With pre-commencement support, you can still make an impact in just 1 day
  • We are a 100% Jamaican owned business so you will be supporting locals
  • We welcome all volunteers regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation
  • By joining this volunteer abroad in orphanage project you will be pre-approved for our alumni program

Volunteer Locations

  • Kingston
  • Montego Bay


No academic qualification needed

What To Bring

We recommend you take along the following items with you:

  • Insect repellent to prevent mosquito and bug bites
  • Supplies to assist with your project
  • Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Notebook or electronic device to take notes
  • Cash for any shopping or excursions
  • Water shoes if you plan on swimming


9:00amHotel Pickup

Transfer from your accommodation to the children home nearest to your accommodation.

9:30amBegin Your Volunteer Duties

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.

1:00pmContinue volunteer duties or other planned activities

Continue volunteering or get transferred to other planned activities such as beach outings or other cultural immersion excursions.

5:00pmReturn To Accommodation

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

1 Day Volunteer Abroad In Orphanage Trip

From Kingston
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

From Negril
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

Group Discounts

2 – 5 People – 20%
6 – 14 People – 30%
15 Or More People – 45%

Add-On Packages For Volunteer Orphanage Jamaica

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

Price Includes

  • Round trip transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Licensed and experienced driver
  • Local expert guide
  • Pre-arrival support, project planning, and assistance
  • Sourcing volunteer project placement
  • Brief orientation before you begin
  • Volunteer certificate upon successful completion of your program
  • Successful program grants pre-approval for alumni discounts and perks
  • 10% Discount off all tours and adventures

Complimentary Items

  • Water
  • Juice/drink

Price Excludes

  • Any personal shopping money
  • Travel health insurance
  • Lunch
  • Beach or extra tour outing
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Payment Methods

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.


Step One (Research and Booking)

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.

Step Two (Follow Up Interview)

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.

Step Three (Document Submission)

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:

  • 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 (you can purchase travel medical insurance here)
  • Flight itinerary
  • Completed volunteer application form

Step 4 (Finalizing Payments)

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.

    Christelle Ugbaja
    Child Care/Orphanage Volunteer
  • 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
    Girlguiding Leader/ Volunteer Vacation
  • 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 Truman
    Girlguiding Leader/ Volunteer Vacation
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