Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs Abroad

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs


Overview

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs in Jamaica – Is this for you?

Are you deaf and hard of hearing? Are you a Sign Language Interpreter or a Sign Language student? Are you involved with the Deaf community? If your answer is yes to any of these, then come to Jamaica and help to empower the Deaf community here! Share the kinship, language and unique blend of Jamaican and American Deaf culture. Volunteer for The Deaf Jamaican Education Project and experience a life-changing opportunity!

This island is known for its crystal clear waters and white sand beaches, but it is also home to hundreds of Hearing impairment students, Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing people.

Because of this, many American organizations and missionaries have come to Kingston, Jamaica to introduce American Sign Language (ASL) and provided support to those in need. A special alliance has formed between Jamaican and American Deaf communities and now it’s time for you to be a part of this amazing adventure!

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Projects

Who Created The Deaf Jamaican Education Project?

Jamaica Volunteer Programs, a family-owned business based in Kingston, has partnered with DnA Travels, LLC to create The Deaf Jamaican Education Project. DnA Travels is owned and operated out of Minneapolis, MN by two professional Sign Language Interpreters who each have extensive travel experience and specialize in coordinating group projects, producing events and mentoring students.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing ProjectsAngela Ziebol
Travel Agent Proprietor and CEO of DnA Travels, LLC
RID Certified Sign Language Interpreter – NIC Master, CI, CT

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing ProjectsDerryn Grey
Travel Agent Assistant and CFO of DnA Travels, LLC
RID Certified Sign Language Interpreter – SC:L, NIC Master, CI CT

 

DnA Travels, LLC offers professional service, personal experience and skillful expertise; we are friendly, ethical, attentive and patient as we guide you along every step of the way. By combining our love of travel with the beauty of the Deaf community, we co-created this project with Jamaica Volunteer Programs to ignite the spark of Study Abroad, Internships, Service Learning, and Volunteering Abroad.

Contact us Here:

DnA Travels, LLC
www.DnATravels.org
(916) 243-0936 Video
(612) 824-1984 Voice
(808) 557-1434 Mobile
P.O. Box 8891
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Endless Possibilities

Are you wondering how you can contribute to the Deaf community in Jamaica? As you may already know, many third world countries do not have coordinated programs or facilities for Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing people.

However, Jamaica has a small but growing network of schools, vocational programs and a Deaf Association that is transforming the Deaf community and providing opportunities like never before… but they need your assistance, collaboration and open heart to really make a difference.

Deaf and hearing volunteers are urgently needed to work as assistants, instructors and interpreters in schools, vocational and summer programs, Deaf Association office and more. If you are an ASL Translator, have skills to share and the desire to help others less fortunate than you, then you can do this!

We welcome all volunteers: individuals, large and small groups, high school and college students, teachers, work groups, retirees, etc. The opportunities are endless as hundreds of children and adults in the Deaf community are waiting to meet you in Jamaica.

  • Help children learn the “DEAF CAN” attitude to help them gain confidence
  • Work side-by-side with Deaf adults, sharing culture, stories and the love of service
  • Teach what you know, share job skills, engage in literacy programs, social skills & media
  • Donate school and craft supplies, sporting equipment, ASL stories, videos, clothing, gifts
  • Provide networking opportunities for all involved, creating lifelong friendships and memories

Deaf Jamaican Immersion

Many Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Jamaicans are starved of the opportunity to travel and interact with their peers abroad. By spending a week (or more) here in Kingston, you will receive the total immersion experience in Deaf Jamaican culture.

American students – both Deaf and hearing – will understand the true meaning of Student Service Learning by making a difference in the lives of others. Getting involved in any of the projects empowers volunteers as they help to create a more successful Deaf community and learn to communicate in a beautifully Jamaican-influenced ASL.

Of course, it’s not all about the work! There’s plenty of opportunity to play, sight-see and enjoy recreational time with the community as a whole or just for your group as you choose.

Project Info


Projects are available Monday – Friday from 9:00AM to approximately 4:30PM. If you would like a shorter day we can organize this. We want you to be totally immersed in the whole Jamaican culture so on the weekends, our organization offers day excursions and cultural immersion experiences. We continually look for eye-opening cultural activities for you to do in your free time. Prior to your arrival, we can suggest current events like festivals and sports.

Project Duration

You can volunteer for a minimum of one week or a maximum of three months. If you require a longer duration, please let us know and we can make special arrangements for you.

Combining Projects

Volunteering with the Deaf Jamaican Education Project Jamaican can also be combined with spending time at the local Orphanage. If you are interested in working with Orphanages or childcare facilities, please let us know and we would be happy to add this to your itinerary.

The Deaf Jamaican Education Project is in need of volunteers year-round in several different venues. When you volunteer at any of the Deaf schools in Kingston, you can work as an individual or in a group. You do not need any prior experience but must be flexible, kind and love working with children.

The first step is to apply Here. Once your application is received, our Program Advisor will contact you to learn more about you and/or your group. We will suggest facilities to match the experience you request and create an itinerary for the activities, excursions and events you desire. Pre-planning is a big part of the journey; the more time you put into planning with us, the better your time will be here. Using our experience to guide you with ideas that have been successful in the past, you can rest assured that this will be a safe, nurturing and rewarding adventure.

Accommodations

Our beautiful accommodations are located on top of a picturesque hill in Smokeyvale. This is a family owned and operated facility that provides comfortable accommodations, security and transportation. Daily breakfast and dinner meals are also included as part of your stay.
Upon arrival at your accommodations in Kingston, you will be given an orientation. We will discuss your itineray, meals, house rules, transportation and you will meet your host family.

What to expect on the first day of your project

We provide 24/7 support during your entire stay in Jamaica and promise to be always there for you. One of our Program Advisors will accompany you to your project on your first day. We will introduce you to the local staff, help you get settled in, assist with making arrangements for an affordable lunch and/or show you how to find the closest food store. We will not leave until you feel comfortable and confident with your project. Of course, we also pick you up at day’s end to do a little sight seeing, purchase supplies, exchange currency and then bring you back to your accommodation.

Start Dates

Start Dates

The Deaf Jamaican Education Project is available all year round to fit your schedule. Indicate your desired project dates on your application and we will do our best to make that happen. We try to offer flexible programs but there are times during the year when Jamaica has major holidays and celebrations, so we advise that you try to plan your trip around these dates.

Arrival Days

If you are travelling as a group, we ask that arrive on the weekend so that you can start your projects on a Monday. If your arrival day cannot be on a weekend, please contact us so that we can make special arrangements for a mid–week start date.

Last minute booking

We encourage you to always plan your volunteering trips early; pre-planning allows you to get the most out of your adventure. If you decide at the last minute to volunteer in Jamaica, we might be able to accommodate you depending on the projects available. Complete the application form and contact us to find out if we can make the project of your choice happen.

Get ready to experience the amazing friendliness of the Jamaican people!
Make life-long friends, make forever memories and make a difference.

How to Get Started

How to Get Started























Prices


Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Add Program Fee $100 US
  • 1 Week $799 US
  • 2 Weeks $1,500 US
  • 3 Weeks $2,100 US
  • 4 Weeks $2,630 US
  • 5 Weeks $3,150 US
  • 6 Weeks & Over – Request a Quote



Teen Volunteering

  • Add Program Fee $100 US
  • 1 Week $799 US
  • 2 Weeks $1,500 US
  • 3 Weeks $2,100 US
  • 4 Weeks $2,630 US
  • 5 Weeks $3,150 US
  • 6 Weeks & Over – Request a Quote



Dyslexia

  • Add Program Fee $100 US
  • 1 Week $799 US
  • 2 Weeks $1,500 US
  • 3 Weeks $2,100 US
  • 4 Weeks $2,630 US
  • 5 Weeks $3,150 US
  • 6 Weeks & Over – Request a Quote



Mature & Retired

  • Add Program Fee $100 US
  • 1 Week $799 US
  • 2 Weeks $1,500 US
  • 3 Weeks $2,100 US
  • 4 Weeks $2,630 US
  • 5 Weeks $3,150 US
  • 6 Weeks & Over – Request a Quote



Reviews

December 22, 2014

Ashlee Downing

This was an eye opening experience I went to Jamaica and volunteered at the Manning’s Hill Primary School. While there, I was able to work with […]
December 22, 2014

Bill Ferguson

My life has changed because of my volunteer vacation to Jamaica My students and I had arrived very late at the Norman Manley International Airport on […]
December 22, 2014

Gina Ghioldi

I was matched with the perfect organization I was seeking a volunteer experience that would afford me the opportunity to work with learning disabled primary school-age […]
December 22, 2014

Tracey Veivers

Rejuvenation – Jamaica delivered Needing some perspective on life I wanted to volunteer working with children. I chose Jamaica as a destination. And Jamaica delivered. JVP […]




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