Volunteer in Jamaica With Jamaica Volunteer Programs

By Jamaica Volunteer Programs   Reviews (81)   94% Rating

Volunteer in Jamaica for the experience of a lifetime. There are Opportunities to make a difference, life changing experiences, and thrilling adventures. It is your chance to touch, feel and see the 'Real Jamaica.'

New and Exciting Ways to Volunteer
Yes! We offer a variety of NEW AND EXCITING WAYS TO volunteer. You can teach in schools, be a Sports Coach, work in an orphanage, work with a building maintenance team, or help in a Community based Organization. These programs are suitable for students in college, high school, university, youth looking for work experience, individuals, and families seeking to bond and work together.

As you grow and develop during your volunteering trip you will feel like a bird which has just learned to fly as you will do things you'd never imagine yourself capable of.

Program Info

Location: 
  • Jamaica
Program Length: 
1-2 weeks
2-4 weeks
1-3 months
3-6 months
6-12 months
Cost: 
See site for details.
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Age Group: 
14-18
18-22
22-35
50+
Languages: 
English
Housing: 
Guest House
Hostels
Hotels
Student Dormitory
Volunteer House
Travel: 
Participants travel to the program independently (not in a group with other participants).
Some travel is required during the program.
Application: 
Online Application
Letters of Recommendation
Phone / Skype Interview
Age Requirement
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  • Maude
    Female
    Quebec, Canada
    best experience of my life
    07/17/2015

    Being 16, it was my first time travelling by myself and I would recommand it to anybody. I loved playing with the kids at the orphanage and it is always so surprising how they enjoy the smallest things in life that we take for granted. Also, I had two cooking classes with Louise and I will do the recipes back at home for sure. The food was so good. I loved my experience and I will do it again, no doubt.

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  • Dervin
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    New Haven, CT
    University of Georgia
    A must-do experience!!!
    07/06/2015

    I knew I wanted to do a healthcare volunteer experience in Jamaica with my significant other. Eventually, I was deciding between Projects Abroad and Jamaica Volunteer Programs. After speaking with Ms. Maureen Evans, the owner of JVP, I knew this was the program for me! She was so friendly and she made it clear from the first moment we spoke that her staff would do everything they could to make us feel at home! Because it is a family run organization, they really know the island and I really got a cultural experience I feel that most other programs couldn't provide. Additionally, I believe when choosing international experiences, safety is a hands-down priority! JVP did a great job of allowing me to feel secure at all times.The property is located in Smokeyvale which is a relatively quiet and beautiful community in the hills. I stayed in a two-person accommodation which was connected to the Evans' house so I never felt alone. Several times, I even walked by myself to a little shack down the hill to buy myself a "bag juice"! Additionally, transportation is provided by the Evans' family to and from volunteer sites and cultural trips. In regards to my specific volunteer experience, I decided to do the psychology internship which was mainly set at Ferdie's house, an activity & rehabilitation house for those with mental disorders. On a daily basis I got to interact with individuals who suffered from schizoaffective disorder, autism, and much more. Not only were they clients but eventually they became my good friends as we went to the movies, played basketball, and had one-on-one counseling sessions.Although I may not have become an expert psychiatrist over the month, I can definitely say that working with clients really piqued my interest in psychology as I was reminded on how intricate the human mind really is! There is so much more that I can say about this program, but all in all I believe this a "Must-Do Experience" for anyone interested in volunteering in the country of Jamaica!

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish there were more cultural excursion trips that were cheaper in price!

    Photos:
    At the store with another volunteer!
    Some of the Ferdie's House Family!
    Doc's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica!
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  • Meghan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Sudbury, Massachusetts
    Fairfield University
    Best experience of my life!
    06/09/2015

    This past month was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I got to customize my own volunteer/internship program so I spent half my time at an orphanage and the other half of my time teaching at a school. I also spent two days a a psychiatric center which was a very eye-opening experience. On the weekends I went on different trips around the island with other volunteers so I feel like I really got to know island and was fully immersed in the culture. Some of my favorite trips were to Montego Bay, Dunn's River Falls, and the Blue Mountains.

    How could this program be improved?

    The only thing I would change is that I wish I had the opportunity to go on more trips such as Reach Falls and the Portland highlights trip.

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  • Wendy
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Augsburg College
    An Opportunity to Serve While Staying in a Home-Away-From-Home
    05/19/2015

    Jamaica Volunteer Program delivered everything as advertised and more! The staff here ensured that we gained the type of experience that we were looking for. A crucial factor for us was that the staff are also very much part of the community which allowed us to access more of the culture more than if we had come on our own. It has been a rewarding experience and the memories that I have created here will always remain. Additionally, due to medical conditions, I have severe dietary restrictions. The staff here were able to accommodate my dietary needs. If you need a gluten free / dairy free / nut, peanut / meat free diet, no worries - you will not miss out on any of the fine cuisine that Jamaica has to offer!

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  • Austin
    Age: 31-50
    Male
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Networking opportunity
    05/19/2015

    From the first interactions we had with Ms. Maureen Wright-Evans, to the last day of our trip, we have encountered nothing but professional courtesy and warm welcomes. I feel that Ms. Maureen went out of her way to accommodate our requests and make the connections we were seeking. Though she knew little about the specific field we work within, she and her staff did their homework, found the right resources and arranged appointments with the critical people we needed to meet. She was flexible with scheduling changes and last minute adjustments to our itinerary, and she made sure we were comfortable in our lodgings and dietary needs, as well.
    Thank you for a wonderful stay and a promising beginning to long-term partnerships.

    How could this program be improved?

    I would appreciate more low or no-cost opportunities for cultural immersion. Though I enjoyed the tours provided to us, I had more interest in some than others; additionally, the costs of the tours were not always accessible to all participants.

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  • Jarbi
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Utah
    It was an AMAZING experience!
    05/14/2015

    My experience with Jamaica Volunteer Programs was wonderful! I worked with a school, orphanages, and a nursing home. I was able to feel the absolute love and kindness of these people. It was beautiful.

    How could this program be improved?

    Jamaica Volunteer Programs was great! They let me experience the Jamaican culture and helped me understand a lot of things I would never have known had I come to Jamaica without them. If I had to change one thing, I would change the transfer prices. There were times when others would be going somewhere and in order to tag along, you would have to pay a fee.

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  • Sharifa
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Valley Stream, New York
    Drexel University
    Spring Break Instagram Worthy
    03/25/2015

    This welcoming staff was very helpful. I enjoyed every part of experience. Visiting the Rasatafarian camp was the most eye opening experience. The religion is very similar to Christianity and the men there are rather friendly. Visiting the University of West Indies was also enjoyable. The students interaction with the Professor is different in our country. The environment is more casual. Also the way they address authority is also not casual . Best experience yet.

    How could this program be improved?

    More advertisement in the U.S.

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  • Devika
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    From Philadelphia studying in Jamaica
    Drexel University
    Great!
    03/25/2015

    The program was great overall, the house is beautiful and accomodating and the staff is very friendly. I would maybe suggest more downtime in between activities, as well as double checking the Rastafarian Camp thing, but other than that it was wonderful.

    How could this program be improved?

    More downtime and checking itinerary for certain parts (the camp) and options for people with dietary restrictions.

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  • Victoria
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Philadelphia, PA
    Drexel University
    Jahhhh Rastafari
    03/25/2015

    I was amazed by how beautiful the house was. The experience was a once in a lifetime. From visiting the Rastafarian camp, exploring the beach, enjoying the native cuisine, to attending university in Jamaica--every experience was worthwhile. I'm definitely going to miss the staff at Smokey Manor. Maureen is THE perfect host! Would highly recommend the adventure for those interested in experiencing the true culture of Jamaica.

    How could this program be improved?

    Internet!

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  • Grace
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Drexel University
    Fun Experience!
    03/25/2015

    This adventure was so much fun and learned so much more than you would imagine in just 2 days and counting. Being here is such a difference experience compared to living in the states. Everyone is so friendly and you learn a lot just from the people in the area. Overall, I would recommend this for anyone who wants to leave their comfort zones for something new.

    How could this program be improved?

    Improve wifi and if I was staying longer I would want a larger fridge for the open area

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  • Dana
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Philadelphia PA
    Drexel University
    The taste of real Jamaican culture
    03/25/2015

    Our guide and all the staff went above and beyond to ensure we got the most out of our experience and felt comfortable. You get a sense of what it is like to really live in Jamaica (not just a resort)

    How could this program be improved?

    Honestly, i really enjoyed everything we did. My only suggestion would be to stay longer (we only had 3 days and then had to move on to our next destination as part of a school trip).

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  • Isabelle
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Philadelphia, PA
    Drexel University
    Isabelle Di Nallo
    03/25/2015

    I loved every moment of my time in Jamaica here with the Volunteer in Jamaica program. At the begging of the week we were told we would never want to leave once we got, and it's true! Thanks for the memories, I will NEVER forget them (Especially the Rastafari's. . . Jah Rastafarai! ;) ). Thanks again and I hope to be back in the future.

    How could this program be improved?

    The only suggestions I could think of would be to purchase a hammock. You have a lovely home, but as we saw at the Bob Marley House, every good view of the mountains needs an equally as comfy hammock to relax with.

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  • Natalia
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Philadelphia
    Drexel University
    Jamaica Experiences
    03/25/2015

    Jamaica has been an amazing experience! I've learned more about this beautiful country in couple days than in 12 years in high school. It changed my perspective of the country, its culture, people, traditions and food. We stayed at a very authentical house in Kingston, where rooms were big, view from the balcony was gorgeous and food delicious. Everybody was very friendly and helpful. Visiting university, swimming in the ocean, going to the museum was very different and important. Me, personally, enjoyed the Rastafari camp most of all. I learned so much about their religion and traditions. It was a culture shock!

    How could this program be improved?

    More time on the beach/outside

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  • Andy
    Age: 31-50
    Male
    Philadelphia, PA
    Princeton University
    A wonderful experience
    03/25/2015

    Smokey Manor is a wonderful place to stay and to undertake your Kingston exploration experience. Tucked into the hills above Kingston, the house is beautiful in a safe and quiet neighborhood. The staff is more than accommodating. 30 minutes to anywhere in Kingston we visited many of the fantastic sites around town including Blue Mountain, Strawberry Hill, Hellshire Beach, Devon House and Bob Marley Museum. I would recommend time at Smokey Manor to anyone who wants an authentic Jamaican experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    I think we tried to do much each day. We need to revisit the itinerary for our next trip and trim it down. Otherwise, I wouldn't change a ting :)

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  • John
    Age: 31-50
    Male
    Philadelphia
    Drexel University
    smokey manor
    03/25/2015

    Good trip. Rustic homestead experience on an authentic homestead. No frills. Beautiful location to escape city life and experience real Jamaica. Excursions were well planned. Transportation wasn't the most comfortable (old, uncomfortable buses) but it was tolerable and overall a quite enjoyable experience.

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About the provider

We are a volunteer travel company that offer packages to mainly colleges, universities, youth organizations and individuals who are looking to have an authentic Jamaican learning experience.

Our company's goal is to identify and offer volunteer programs in different locations around Jamaica at affordable prices where visitors to Jamaica can volunteer or Interns while immersing themselves into the culture

We partner with schools, orphanages and other Non- Profit organizations and make all the arrangements for volunteers to come to Jamaica. By doing this, we take the hassle out of volunteering and finding the right opportunities.