Volunteer in Jamaica With Children and in the Community

Video and Photos

About

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.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

94%
based on 93 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.5
  • Value 9
  • Safety 9.7
Showing 31 - 45 of 93
Default avatar
Alex
8/10

Service Trip in Jamaica

The volunteer aspect was incredible. The kids were great to work with and I'm happy we found them through the Jamaica Volunteer Programs. The excursions were cool, I just wish there were more options to choose from. It was a bit expensive and no money was donated to the schools/orphanage. However, breakfast and dinner was provided and we felt very safe. The environment was relaxing. I wish we got to interact with the locals at night more often. The view is incredible.

How can this program be improved?
I wish we had more flexibility with the excursions, had more dessert options, more money was donated to the orphanage/schools, and more events were planned for the evenings. I also wish the excursion costs were included in the upfront cost because it was too easy to run out of money, and it would make it a lot easier to manage our money. More activity examples for the orphanage and school would also be convenient.
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Sonna
10/10

University of Cincinnati Review

This experience was amazing.From the day that I got here to now has been wonderful. Volunteering at the orphanage and schools was one of the greatest highlights. I love being able to interact with the kids and seeing their smiling faces everyday. The kids were very welcoming and brought so much joy to me. Other highlights were being able to stay at this beautiful house filled with wonderful people. I loved all the places that we got to visit such as Dunn River falls, and Strawberry Hills, Craigton Estate, and Living like a maroon. Overall this whole trip was my highlight and a once in a lifetime type of experience, and I cant wait to come back again!!

How can this program be improved?
This trip was wonderful!!
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Sharon
9/10

University of Cincinnati Program Review

I really enjoyed my experience! Being in Jamaica is incredible! I enjoyed Dunn's River, Living Like a Maroon, and Strawberry Hill. I really enjoyed interacting with the children and being able to spend time with them. They really bought joy to me and helped make this trip memorable for me.

How can this program be improved?
One thing I would do is include all the costs of the excursions in the general fee for the trip. I felt like I was coming out of pocket a lot while down here. I would have preferred paying the money beforehand, instead of coming and using money that I could have used on souvenirs.

Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Souadou
10/10

Amazing Experience!!

This program was absolutely amazing and one I'll never forget. I enjoyed getting to know learn about Jamaica's cultures. I loved going to Dunn's River Falls, living like a Maroon for a day and visiting Blue Mountains(Craighton Estate and Strawberry Hill). The hospitality is wonderful and the people here are so friendly. One of the best parts of this trip was going to the elementary schools and orphanages. I had a great time with all of the children and made close connections with them.I never wanted to leave. The staff is amazing and so supporting and willing to help out with whatever we need help with. This trip has been so humbling and memorable for me. I will definitely be returning and I recommend everyone to come and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

How can this program be improved?
I would just recommend the excursions be included in the price. If not all at least some.
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Jordyn
10/10

Service Trip in Jamaica

Overall, this experience was amazing. I had so much fun getting to see some attractions while also being able to volunteer in the community. I wish I could have worked more at the orphanage because I feel like I would be making a better impact there.

No, I don't recommend this program
Default avatar
Madeline
7/10

Service Trip in Jamaica

Overall, I had a wonderful experience in the schools and orphanages. The excursions were also very culturally rich but I wish we would have had more options of where to go. I also would have liked to see some of the money we paid for the trip go towards the organizations we were working with. The house was well kept and felt like home. The staff members were so welcoming and the food was delicious. I will miss this trip.

No, I don't recommend this program
Default avatar
Dillon
7/10

University of Cincinnati Program Review

The experience with Jamaica Volunteer Programs was a terrific one. The excursions that were planned for us were solid cultural immersions that allowed us to quickly understand and feel connected to the Jamaican culture. We went to Dunn's River Falls, the Maroon village in Charles Town, and to Strawberry Hill and Creighton Estate. These excursions allowed us to see Jamaica in a broad view. For the volunteering aspect of our trip, we were in primary schools and a Salvation Army orphanage. Working with the children for four days was incredible because it allowed us to see and experience the school system and interact directly with Jamaican culture.

How can this program be improved?
Provide a more detailed cost breakdown so that volunteers know where their money is going. Additionally, allow for more permanent projects so that volunteers can physically see the difference they are making in the Jamaican community.
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Eliza
9/10

University of Cincinnati Review

The week we spent with JVP was an incredible, eye opening experience. The culture was rich and we got to experience so much in a short amount of time. I know we all wished we had gotten to spend even more time at the orphanage, and even perhaps interacting more with the raw culture. But this was a wonderful experience and Jamaica can expect us back!

How can this program be improved?
I would make sure the costs were laid out more clearly. This program was very action packed with many cultural trips (that we loved!) but the little costs such as admission fees and meals for lunches left some of us short for cash...
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Jack
9/10

Jamaica Volenteer Program

we had a great time. We all loved the place we stayed at and the staff. We all liked the vacation and community service mix of the program. Overall I loved it. Now I have run out to say so hi. I like bagels with butter.

How can this program be improved?
Have boneless chicken.
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Katherine
10/10

Appalachian State

I enjoyed everything about my time here in Jamaica and in staying at Smokey Manor. The staff were very helpful in keeping us safe at the Manor and out in the community. They also did a good job of helping us stay on schedule and and adjusting things as needed. They accommodations were also very nice and the food tasty!

How can this program be improved?
n/a
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Molly
9/10

JVP Review - AppState

I was on a week long service program with Appalachian State University through Jamaica Volunteer Programs. On this I experienced the amazing culture of Jamaica and got to do service in local schools and orphanages. Through this process JVP has been helpful and supportive in helping our program be successful and helping us to achieve all of our goals.

How can this program be improved?
There is always issues with scheduling and communication, my only improvement would be to streamline the communication process before arrival just to triple check everything. That being said, everything ran very smoothly.
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Amanda
8/10

Appalachian State University

This program was overall wonderful. The students and teachers at the schools as well as the kids at the orphanage were so sweet and kind. However, I feel like in order to have a greater impact for the participants of this program there should be much fewer surveys and that everyone involved (including teacher and students as well as participants) should be aware and okay with interviews, photos and videos. I feel like all of this made a negative impact on everyone involved and it felt phony. We worked hard to create relationships with our children and teachers, and I know that you all worked hard to help form and secure those relationships, but I feel like those bonds were weakened throughout the week with the interviews, pictures, and constant photography. All-in-all we had a great experience.

How can this program be improved?
Mentioned in the above comments.
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Kristin
10/10

Appalachian State

I liked how we were able to go into the schools in Jamaica and have a balance of the "fun touristy Jamaica" when we had our free day at the beach as well as some of the more impoverished areas so that the group could get the feeling that they had seen multiple perspectives of the nation, as it is not one-or-the-other. While it was with good intentions, it felt a little strange to have the cameraman come into my classroom. It made the kids crazier and I felt that I had been the reason that they were being crazier then. Overall though my experience with Jamaica Volunteer Program has been an excellent one.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing I would say that I feel uncomfortable, especially when I am serving, to feel as though the attention is on me. I would have preferred less pictures and interviews at the orphanage just because it felt somehow showy as though it was, "look at this good thing!" instead of focusing on the kids. I like having pictures with the children, but it felt a bit much.
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Katelyn
10/10

Fun and Exciting Learning Experience

This week has been very interesting. I have loved working at the school and the orphanage. I have really learned a lot about the culture of Jamaica and being able to see the differences there are from Jamaica to America. The orphanage was also a very good experience being able to care for the children there and play games. Overall, I had a very good experience with the projects and the accommodation.

How can this program be improved?
I really cannot think of anything that could be changed. It was a little expensive however it was not unreasonably priced.
Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Laura
9/10

The real Jamaican life

What I enjoyed much was being part of the Jamaican people and getting a closer look on the Jamaican lifestyle. Not feeling like a tourist was a great experience and made a huge impact on experiencing a different country and it's culture.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing that I didnt like very much was being the only volunteer for most of the time. My you could suggest a better time when you know, that at that time there will be no other volunteer in the house.
Yes, I recommend this program

Interviews

About Jamaica Volunteer Programs

We identify and offer programs where travellers can volunteer, intern or study abroad while immersing in the ‘Real’ Jamaican culture at affordable prices.

When you book with us you will be treated as if you are a relative visiting from overseas and...