• Jamaica
    • Mandeville
1 to 52 weeks
Health & Safety

Program Details

Age Min.
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter
Host Family


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Aug 10, 2023
Dec 22, 2022
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About Program

Our programme will make you step out of your comfort zone and engage with your new friends from around the world. You will develop a better understanding of global issues while making a meaningful contribution to the community that hosts you.

In Jamaica, you’ll work with us to achieve long-term goals on a volunteer program that addresses specific needs. You can help children improve their reading and comprehension at schools. Or, teach teenagers and adults who did not receive an adequate education. If you are interested in gaining work experience, you can join our medical or psychology internship.

Get ready to dance to reggae rhythms and enjoy the warm Caribbean sunlight. You can also relax on beautiful white beaches or explore Jamaica’s lush green interior on hikes.

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Program Highlights

  • Choose a project you are passionate about that fits your interests
  • Support global sustainable efforts that contribute towards the long-term objectives of each program.
  • Get 24/7 support from the local staff and head office team
  • Live and work in the local community
  • Explore a new country and culture while you're meaningful contribution to the community

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Program Reviews

4.76 Rating
based on 17 reviews
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  • Impact 4.7
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.65
  • Value 4.4
  • Safety 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome Experience

I’ve met a lot of nice people during my stay. The landscape and weather is beautiful and the staff and host family was very nice. If you are planning to go here, go open minded. Because some things may be very different than at home. Despite the differences it is still one of the nicest places I’ve ever traveled. The people here are very down to earth and if you treat them the same way they treat you, you will have no problems at all. I was here for the last 2 months and I will likely never forget my stay here.

  • Very nice food
  • No stress at all
  • Very good support
  • If you like to shower warm, you should learn to shower cold
  • I didn’t experience any Cons
  • I didn’t experience any Cons
60 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Jamaica Journalism Experience

Heyho my name is Marco.

I've spend close to 3 months in Mandeville (Capital of Manchester Parish) and worked for the NCU FM radio station. Mandeville itself is very clearly arranged so you can easily overview the city after a few days walking through. Also it offers everything you need. From a post station to many different restaurants, bars, market places etc.

Even though I worked at a readio station, most time of my work was about taking and editing pictures and videos for the social media content of the radio station. There is also the possibility to work more radio related, but due to the fact I already had experience in editing I choose to be in this division, which was a lot of fun. Besides that my contact person from Projects Abroad always made sure I work in a good environment and have stuff to do (big up for that!)

At last I want to talk about Jamaica itself. On the weekends you have the time to experience the other parts of this beautiful island and culture, which was amazing. The island itself is full of history and beautiful places to visit. Me for myself never experienced an act of violence for the whole time I was there. I'm still in contact with a good friend who lives a few blocks away from our host families house.

If you're planning to go there I would be happy to share more of my experience and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask :)

Until that
Big up yourself!

103 people found this review helpful.
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Hello Marco,
It sounds like you had an amazing time (I can’t say we're surprised!). Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with our global community. We’re so happy that you enjoyed Journalism project in Jamaica. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our projects or Internships!

Kay Hendricks, Country Director for Jamaica

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Yes, I recommend this program

Psychology Projects Abroad Jamaica

This project was incredibly well organized from my pickup right to my drop off at the airport one month later. Not only did I gain experience in psychology but I also was fully immersed in Jamaican culture and had the opportunity to learn about other Jamaican projects and how they work together during community days. I felt very at home during this project and also had the freedom in weekends to travel throughout Jamaica and go on many adventures. I was also fortunate to have made lifelong friends with other volunteers from around the world with whom I now stay in touch daily. This project also taught me the importance of culturally appropriate treatment approaches in my field which i now use daily. So grateful to have had this experience and hope to return again.

105 people found this review helpful.
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Hello Charlotte,
It sounds like you had an amazing time (I can’t say we're surprised!). Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with our global community. We’re so happy that you enjoyed Psychology project in Jamaica. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our projects or Internships!

Kay Hendricks, Country Director for Jamaica

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Yes, I recommend this program

Psychology intern

I volunteered at Ebenezer Home now Ebenezer Rehabilitation center. The center is amazing the staff care about the clients, the men have as much independence as possible and for a non profit they are doing their best.
I recommend the project but I feel split because the money I paid doesn't go to the project itself. Which is a shame as they needed this. Projects abroad did but Ebenezer some items when I was there but I feel for the amount I paid more could have been done to help. When I return I will be doing so independently so I can help the project more.
Socially- you get to go around with other volunteers at weekends to different parts of the island. I would say plan where you want to go beforehand as some volunteers get to other parishes and don't know what's there. Research first.

What would you improve about this program?
More funds directly into the project itself. I feel that for the amount I paid to find out nothing went to Ebenezer was a huge shock and had I known this before I would have volunteered somewhere else. Somewhere where my money went into the projects. The project wasn't cheap so I would expect some of that cost to go into where I volunteered.
108 people found this review helpful.
Response from

Hi Laura.

First of all, thanks for volunteering with our organisation - your time, effort and funds were contributed to an ongoing sustainable project.

I understand your concern about money and where it goes. 56% of your volunteering fee goes directly into the volunteer experience which includes ongoing donations to placements in destination.

I have raised your specific concern with the country director of Jamaica. They will review the ongoing support that’s currently in place to the Ebenezer Rehabilitation Centre and take appropriate action.

If you would like to discuss this further, you can reach me on my email georgegreen@projectsabroad.org – I’d be happy to send you a more detailed financial breakdown.

It was nice to hear that the staff at the centre were amazing and that you travelled around with other volunteers in Jamaica.

Kind Regards,
George Green

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience working in an orphanage

I always wanted to visit another country after school and do some volunteer work there, even if it was only for a few weeks. So I did a research and found that child care program in jamaica by Projects Abroad.
I didn't think it would be such a culture shock when I arrived. It was so colourful and warm (summery temparatures and so many palms and other plants; I went there in winter). And I loved to see a country that was so completely different from what I knew. Life seemed more simple, but at the same time more carefree than in Germany. That experience is something I would recommend to everyone, to visit a culture that is totally new to you. Not only to visit, but also to work there for a little while.
The first three weeks, I worked in a day care center with a school and assisted the teacher. Sadly, it wasn't perfect for me. So I told the team leaders I wanted to work somewhere else, and the last week, I went to work in an orphanage which I liked much better. I had already worked in a kindergarten, so I felt confident doing that and found a good rapport to the children and the staff.
My host family was also very nice. The mother always made my food for me. I shared a room with another volunteer for two weeks, the rest of the time I had it for myself.
Sometimes there where special events for the volunteers like lessons in patois or visiting the places where the other volunteers worked. There was a house where we could always go to and would always meet one or another team leader. That was also our meeting point for activities and weekend trips. On the weekends, the volunteers could independently go where they wanted in Jamaica. I was almost everywhere across the country. We had beach trips as well as trips to the mountains and always stayed in hostels.
Overall, it was a great experience that I would recommend for anyone who wants some adventure, to help others and to really get to know other cultures.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Sadly, the time wasn't perfectly chosen for me. I did have some issues and uncertainities at home at the time, like my dad had died only recently. I went at the planned time anyway and thought maybe I could leave that all behind, but I couldn't. I brought the bad feelings with me and sadly, couln't enjoy it the way I maybe could have if I went there another time.
Also I had bad luck with my group, there were some people I didn't get on too well with. But of course, you can't know that before and either you're lucky or not.
But you should better plan to go at a time when you're happy in your life. Also, if you go in summer, there are usually more volunteers, maybe even someone who speaks your language, and you have a better chance to meet someone you get on well with and don't depend on people you don't like (like for weekend trip destinations).
101 people found this review helpful.
Response from

Hey Eva-Marie,

Thank you for your great review. 2017 must seem a long time ago now!

It was warming to hear about your experience, working with the children must have been so rewarding.

Not to mention travelling around the tropical paradise of Jamaica!

Just so you know, at the end of 2017 we took the decision to stop placing volunteers in orphanages.

On our childcare projects we now only work with community daycare centres, pre-schools and kindergartens.

If you would like to discuss the above, please do get in touch on georgegreen@projects-abroad.org.

Thank you!

George Green.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent project

I loved my psychology project and can't wait to come back! The team were supportive and other volunteers. The facility I worked at has tried so hard to get to where it is now. The clients were all very accommodating, as were staff. I spent my time being treated as a senior member of staff, I attended all MDT meetings and out things in place for the reorganisation. This place has my heart! I can not wait until I am able to return and continue my work with this facility but I will be doing so as an independent so that I can put money into the organisation myself.

I think the project could be improved by the money we pay going into the actual projects we do as while I was there I found the projects don't receive any money at all which seems such a shame considering the price I paid for my project. It would have made such a different for some of that money to go towards my project.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay longer!! I stayed for 4 weeks on my placements and an extra 2 weeks to see family. 4 weeks was not enough! I intend to come back for three months to spend on placement independently.
98 people found this review helpful.
Response from

Hello Laura,
It sounds like you had an amazing time (I can’t say we're surprised!). Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with our global community. We’re so happy that you enjoyed Psychology project in Jamaica. We look forward to seeing you again on one of our projects or Internships!

Kay Hendricks, Country Director for Jamaica

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Yes, I recommend this program

Care Program- Volunteer Work in Jamaica

In January this year, I was blessed to be able to spend two short weeks of my time in Mandeville, Jamaica. This opportunity was very rewarding and if I could I would of stayed longer! I spent my time volunteering in a local orphanage and seeing the smiles on the children's faces every morning made me realize how truly fortunate I am here in Canada. Projects Abroad was very helpful throughout my whole trip and they were always a call or text away! I would do it all again in a heartbeat and hopefully I will have the opportunity again some day!

What would you improve about this program?
Cost was very high.
108 people found this review helpful.
Response from

Dear Jacqueline
It's great to hear you had such a wonderful experience in Jamaica. Hopefully you can stay longer next time you join us!
Thanks for your feedback!

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Yes, I recommend this program

a life changing experience

My name is Emma. I recently spent time in Jamaica volunteering through projects abroad, doing their care project. I was placed in a vey loving host family, where i had 3 other volunteers staying with me. They were all very supportive and caring. I then was placed in my placement, an orphanage. There i got to meet and help amazing children who accepted me with open arms. I got to make a difference not only in their lives but in my own. I made lifelong friendships with other volunteers as well as being so deeply submerged into the wildly different culture. It made me grow so much as a person and i would greatly recommend doing it to anyone who has a passion to help others.

103 people found this review helpful.

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