Orphanage volunteer work: Summer Volunteering
Wondering what to do and where to go for summer volunteering abroad?
Come volunteer and work with orphans & children in Jamaica and experience an unforgettable summer. Explore this exotic island and learn about its culture, change other people’s lives and your own!
When you participate in a summer volunteer abroad program, there will be a world of adventure awaiting as you’ll get the experience of a lifetime. It is your chance to touch, feel and see the ‘real Jamaica’ as you eat mouth watering food, learn to speak Jamaican and say popular words like ‘yeah man!’
Our orphanage volunteer & childcare programs are specially designed, and are ideal for those looking to make a difference, but want to enjoy a more physically-demanding challenge with children. Many institutions, child-care centers and parents living in poor communities find it difficult to supervise children during the long hot summer so finding activities with structure and learning is very important. This is your chance to provide the support and help to these communities.
Here’s a sample of some of the activities for your childcare/orphanage summer volunteer project
- Play with the children, talk to them and show them you care
- Do art & craft
- Teach a child to read or just read a story
- Teach a general introduction to computing
- Introduce the children to word processing and work with Microsoft Word
- Do video games and have fun
- Do outdoor games
- Play reggae music, dance and work with less fortunate children
- Teach children skills so they can use those unique talents
Hey, it’s summer and you’re expecting incredible fun in Jamaica, so here’s a taste:
- Ever wanted to learn to cook unique dishes? We’ll teach you how to prepare authentic Jamaican foods andgive you secrets to recipes you’ll never find in a book
- Go to Holywell, an eco-tourist lover’s delight and see the sight of lush vegetation and towering trees
- Are you a coffee enthusiast? See how the famous Blue Mountain coffee is grown and harvested. Jamaican coffee is a premier product which is enjoyed worldwide
- Do you like history and culture? Be a Maroon for a day- see living history as you experience a day that will change your life forever as you immerse yourself in the life of a Maroon
- And what would Jamaica be without its rivers, waterfalls and beaches? If you are interested in seeing the premier attraction in Jamaica, then take a trip to the famous Dunn’s River Falls
Volunteers are housed at ‘Home Stays’ in our neighborhood and other volunteer homes, however, the primary place where most volunteers will stay is called Smokey Manor, located in the hills of Smokeyvale, St. Andrew. This property offers a panoramic view of the city as you’ll be able to marvel at the city lights of Kingston at nights, or turn to the east and gaze upon the majestic Blue Mountains.
Food & Drink
Daily breakfast and dinner are included in your package. You are responsible for buying lunch at your project placement.
Jamaica has been a melting pot of many cultures and influences and nowhere is this better reflected than in the wonderful foods of this exotic island. Some popular foods you’ll find are: Callaloo & Saltfish, Curried goat,· Escovitch Fish · Bammy & Fish, Festival· Rice & Peas, Jerk Chicken and · Stew Peas & Rice
Transportation: • We also provide in-house transportation driven by family members and trusted operators for all our transfers and tours. As part of your transportation package, you’ll have a tour guide/driver who not only knows all the safe places to take you but also knows the customs of Jamaica.
Insurance: It is a requirement that all volunteers be covered by a travel insurance policy. We work with insurance providers or you can buy your own.
Pre Departure Assistance:
Once you complete your application and make payment our dedicated team of coordinators will start working with you. Our team is responsible for helping you to prepare for your trip. A welcome kit with travel tips and additional information will be emailed to you.
Before you arrive in Jamaica you may have questions or need to make special arrangements. We are here to give you help and support. A Pre- departure information document will be emailed to you that will provide details about Jamaica, project information, accommodations, contact information, and other useful tips.
Our first job in providing in-country support is meeting you at the airport. We will welcome you and transfer you to your accommodation.
When you are in Jamaica you will not be alone. Help is always available 24/7 for emergencies and other support. Our team is there to support you.
On your arrival and the following day before the start of your project you’ll be given your orientation. You’ll get a good insight into Jamaica, the culture, things to do and see, emergency tips and much more!
Start Date: June 28- August 15
Duration: 7 weeks
Minimum Age: 15
Camp Days: Monday – Thursday each week
Explore Jamaica: Friday – Sunday each week
Can’t make these dates? Contact us for other options.
$ 1,350 USD for the two week period
A program fee of $100 is charged in addition to accommodation costs
Here are all the items included in your package
- Airport pick up and transfer to accommodation
- Shared accommodation
- Daily breakfast and dinner
- Orientation on arrival
- Internet access
- Pre -Arrival Assistance
- In country support
Items NOT included in Package Costs
- Airfare & Airport taxes
- Any cost associated with visas
- Transportation to/from all volunteer scheduled activities
- Personal expenses
- Return transfer to airport (transfer can be arranged for US$50.00)
- On your departure-house keeper Tip of US$10 minimum ( This is a one time payment)
- Optional Tours
P. S. You can ask for our all –inclusive package which covers airport return, local transfers and your requested tours.
Do I need a Passport to Travel to Jamaica?
Yes – You need a valid passport to enter Jamaica
What kind of short or vaccines do I need before entering Jamaica?
Travelers to Jamaica do not require shots or vaccines before entering the island
Is it necessary to convert money to Jamaican Dollars?
It is a good idea to change some of your money to Jamaican dollars as soon as you arrive in the island. The exchange rates fluctuate from place to place and some shops would not be able to give change in your currency. It is also be cheaper to buy products/services in Jamaican dollars
How can we exchange money to Jamaica Dollars?
Cambios, banks and some shops are available for money exchange. We’ll assist you by either converting your currency or during your transfers, stop at any of the money exchange places
Is the water safe to drink?
Jamaica’s water is safe to drink. Many ships stop here just for refilling their water supplies. If you do not want to drink our water, there is an abundant supply of bottled water for purchase
Will my cell phone work in Jamaica?
Yes, if you have roaming service connected to our phone. You can also buy an inexpensive pre-paid phone or SIM card
Do I need to buy travel insurance?
Yes, we strongly urge you to buy Travel Insurance. It is a requirement that all travellers are covered by a travel insurance policy. We work with insurance providers who can cover travellers
We hear a lot about crime in Jamaica, is it safe to move around?
Yes, we have crime in Jamaica as you have in your country. Jamaica is a small island and often times the news is very sensational. As you would do in your country, you should be careful and use precaution and common sense. In your orientation we give tips to assist and help keep you safe
Is Ganja (marijuana) smoking legal in Jamaica?
No, smoking Ganja is liable to imprisonment or fines. We urge you to avoid the use of this drug
Is there phone and internet available on projects?
In all accommodations there will be phone and internet service available. We strongly recommend having your personal cell phone
Accommodation Specific Frequently Asked Questions
Where will I stay?
There are two types of accommodation offered. Home stays with shared rooms of double/triple occupancy. This is a chance for you to touch, feel and see up close the Jamaican culture.
Also available are shared dorms with sitting room. All the accommodations are in attractive Jamaican communities with elegant living. They are clean and offer the best of Jamaica life
Do you offer single occupancy and air-conditioned rooms?
On specific requests we can offer single occupancy and air-conditioned rooms if they are available
Is tipping customary and how much should we bring?
Yes, Jamaica is a tourist destination and workers are expecting to be tipped.
We recommend that you give a minimum of US$10.00 and the maximum is at your discretion
What kind of food can I expect?
We serve authentic Jamaican foods but can provide substitutes for volunteers who have special dietary considerations
Volunteer Programs Specifics
What should I expect when I first arrive in Jamaica?
You will be met at the airport by one of our representative and transferred to your accommodation. After your welcome and the following day before your project starts you’ll be given your orientation. Get a good insight into Jamaica, the culture, things to do and see what to do in case of an emergency and much more
Can couples or families join the volunteer program?
Yes, we welcome couples and families who want to volunteer and try to make special arrangements so they can be together
Are there additional payments to be made after arriving in Jamaica?
Program fees cover accommodation, daily breakfast & dinner, airport pick up and transfer to accommodation, orientation, pre-departure information and in-country support. You will need funds to cover personal expenses such as daily lunch, telephone, house-keeper tip at the end of your stay, local transportation which includes airport departure, tours or any other purchase. For personal expenses we recommend a minimum US$30 – $50. Per week
You have the option to volunteer in Orphanages and work with children ages 3 – 18 years. Do art & craft, teach computer skills, play games, or just talk to them and show them you care
What kind of gifts can I bring for schools and the orphanage?
bring things like, crayons or anything for art & craft. Why? Many of these schools are very poor so although they should provide tools, you might not have things to work with if you do not bring some.
Do you have any new or used toys?
Gadgets like iPod, cameras or anything first world that you can bring to show kids to use? They will be fascinated by these and you can use them to break the ice and win confidence
Do you have small sports equipment?
Do you have balls or any equipment to use with the sport of your choice? – In Jamaica, children love to play Sports. We are big on track & field; cricket, football, basketball, netball. There are many others, but these are most popular.
Can I bring Clothes?
If you are interested in bringing a piece of luggage with some personal items of clothing, then this would be welcomed. Many of the children both girls and boys ages 3- 14 need simple things like socks, underwear, sneakers, etc. They can be new and used.
Would the orphanage accept linen?:
Beds at the orphanages are urgently in need of sheets and blankets. Popular choices are twin & flat
Can I bring sweets?
Bring a gift no matter how small: If you do not have big items, you may buy or ask others to donate sweets, nuts or candies.
How many hours will I volunteer per day? -Your hours of volunteer work will be determined by a number of factors. Example: The volunteer activity you chose, number of days you requested to volunteer, and the flexibility of the program with which you are working with.
How should I dress?
Every country has its customs and traditions and this includes Jamaica.
Dress for schools: In the schools you are expected to wear clothes that cover your body and not reveal intimate parts. Do not wear shorts to volunteer in schools. At the orphanage you can wear shorts for sports and relaxing with the kids.
How do I dress for church?
Jamaicans dress more formal to church. Do not wear short pants and cover the intimate parts of your body.
Where will I volunteer? – You will volunteer in schools, orphanages and community based organizations.
What kind of things can I talk about when volunteering?
Tell about your country, the weather, clothes people wear for the different seasons; things they do, eat etc. Things you take for granted will interest them. Carry pictures, samples of clothes or anything that will help you demonstrate. These will make your work interesting
As a volunteer teacher what will I do?
You can work with a class teacher to help individual students. This means you would move around the class and help the students one by one with reading, spelling, math and other basic subjects.