Location
  • Jamaica
    • Kingston
Length
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Hostel
Travel Type
Budget Family Solo

Pricing

Starting Price
395
Price Details
Price varies based on location and duration of stay. It covers accommodation, placement, airport pickup, welcome dinner on arrival, program orientation, and daily breakfast.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Some Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals Travel Insurance Visa
Mar 31, 2021
Mar 22, 2022
22 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Jamaica is a diverse destination that is perfect for travelers and volunteers. The island is known for its mesmerizing beaches, legendary music, delicious cuisine, and unique language. It’s also home to some of the friendliest people in the world. The moment you land in Jamaica, you’ll witness its diverse culture and beauty first-hand.

But Jamaica, like many other countries, struggles with poverty, unemployment, access to quality education, and healthcare. And so, volunteering in Jamaica offers the experience of a lifetime. With or projects in Childcare, Teaching, Sports Coaching, Environmental Conservation, Community Development, Women Empowerment, Agriculture, or Medicine and Healthcare, you make a difference where it really matters. And, you’ll do it all while savoring a new and refreshing way of life.

Volunteer in Jamaica today and help save the world.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here.

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Program Highlights

  • Gain invaluable life experiences when you volunteer in Jamaica and adapt to a new culture.
  • Indulge in an authentic Jamaican experience as you work with local people and communities.
  • Are you looking for sports coaching volunteer abroad opportunities? If your passion is coaching, then Jamaica is the place for you.
  • If you have a passion for women empowerment, human rights, and gender studies, then volunteering in Jamaica will provide opportunities to be a part of such global movements.
  • A drive through many Jamaican communities will show poor roads, dilapidated buildings, and peeling walls in need of re-painting. These problems offer great opportunities for the volunteer looking for international development work in communities.

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Program Reviews

4.90 Rating
based on 96 reviews
  • 5 rating 89.58%
  • 4 rating 10.42%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 4.8
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.45
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 4.95
Showing 1 - 8 of 96 reviews
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Jake
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience was one of the best volunteer experiences I've ever had

I came to Jamaica not knowing what to expect from the trip but it has truly amazed me how this small little island of Jamaica had so much to offer. The people were so kind and friendly and always used their slang which I tried my very best to pick up so I can take home to my family and friends haha. The volunteering experience was very heartwarming for me because even though Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, there are a lot of impoverished persons there, who needed help and this is what I believe volunteering is all about. I helped at local primary schools and even a soup kitchen that feeds the elderly. I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of this experience and I will definitely return.

Pros
  • The people
  • The food
  • The beautiful scenery
22 people found this review helpful.
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Sara
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Carlow University Study Abroad in Jamaica

When we arrived in Jamaica, we were greeted by the staff overseeing our volunteer experiences. They are such welcoming, warm and friendly people. Aligned with the Works of Mercy by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked and instructing those who lack education have been fulfilled on this experience as we provided services in soup kitchens, schools, and mental health clinics. The most impactful experience was the appreciation of the Jamaican people for the services and fellowship we provided.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Curried goat, coconut drops, roasted breadfruit and Jamaican apples
23 people found this review helpful.
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sarah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

a lifetime experience

My time with Jamaica Volunteer Programs was outstanding and unforgettable. The whole organization of the program was reliable and uncomplicated. The Volunteer House is a beautiful clean place with a stunning view. I felt comfortable from the first day on! The provided food was fresh, healthy and delicious.
All members of the family are very caring, warm-hearted and always there when I had questions or needed any help. The internship itself was very interesting and there were many different opportunities to work with people in two different settings. I was able to make a lot of experiences that shape me both in my professional career and personally. Furthermore, I could explore the island with private guided tours which were absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this program and I definitely want to come back again!

34 people found this review helpful.
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Nicole
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Jamaica Volunteer Services

If I could choose my favourite memory from this trip it would have to be going to the school and assisting in the kindergarten class. The kids were so cute and I had a great time there. I also was able to work in a children's' home (orphanage) and as someone who would like to be an international social worker in the future, the orphanage helped with figuring out if that's what I really want to do. Overall this trip was great, I got to meet so many new people, eat new foods and learn more about the Jamaican culture.

32 people found this review helpful.
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Zoe
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a life time

My partner and I spent a short seven days at Smokey vale, experiencing real Jamaican food and culture.
The experience at the school and orphanage was second to none and we really felt valued and appreciated in both settings. We also chose to do the Dunn's River Falls excursion and this was an absolute highlight with the natural beauty and challenge of climbing the falls it was a stand out. Maureen and all the staff went above and beyond to help us and make us a part of their family. An incredible experience that we could not have had by ourselves in this fantastic country.
I would highly recommend this program to anyone wishing to volunteer and have a real feel for Jamaica.

What would you improve about this program?
This was the exact experience we were looking for!
37 people found this review helpful.
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Anna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad Drexel

Coming in on the first day, I didn't really know what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised by how warm and welcoming everyone was. We were able to be with Maureen and her family as she celebrated a very significant milestone in her marriage and life. In America, people aren't like that so it was a nice change from where we're from. Right off the bat you know that Jamaica and more specifically this home is something special and I treasure and will remember my time her forever.

What would you improve about this program?
N/A
35 people found this review helpful.
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Natalie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Family Experience in Jamaica

My favorite part of the trip was interacting with the family and staff at the manor. Learning about their food, culture and experiences was the highlight of the trip. Specifically I was impressed at how they embraced us right from the beginning by inviting us to be a part of a family celebration. I felt taken care of and safe on all of our excursions and the staff kept a keen eye on us and made sure we learned as much about the culture as possible.

38 people found this review helpful.
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Aubrey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Aubrey Clemans Review

During this trip my group and I went to a primary school in Kingston. This was an amazing experience because it truly immersed us into the culture, as we are students ourselves. I was really cool to hang out with kids who don't really know anything else other than what they see, so when I walked into the room, one little girl said, "Are you okay?! you shouldn't be this white, you're too white!" She as never seen a Caucasian before. It was really interesting!

What would you improve about this program?
I would change the amount of travel time we put into the itinerary. We were often running late to places because we had not factored in time
36 people found this review helpful.

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