Jamaica has become synonymous with crystal clear waters and stunning beaches. However, there are large communities of poor people, and, unfortunately, a large number of these are children. But volunteering in a Childcare Facility in Jamaica offers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these children. You’ll volunteer in underserved communities, kindergarten schools, children’s homes, and childcare centers.
Caregivers work long hours and interact with large numbers of children. Often, they are unable to have one-on-one interactions and give individualized attention needed for emotional growth and development. In addition, you’ll have the chance to work with children with special needs like autism, learning challenges, or any physical disabilities.
So, whether you have a passion for volunteering with children or special training in this field, there’s something just for you.
When you volunteer, you’ll be working as part of the short, mid, and long term goals that we have developed in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
On the first day of your project, you will learn about the UN SDGs objectives and mission and how our project is aligning with these goals. You’ll also get information on how for 17 years, we have been working towards these short, mid, and long-term goals. We aim to educate you on local/global issues, and how you can contribute to the organization’s mission to empower the lives of the people in the community.
Childcare Long-term Objectives:
During school sessions, the hours are 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
During school breaks, including Christmas, Easter, and Summer breaks, the hours are 9:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Kindergarten (Jamaicans say Basic School):
The hours are 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Assist class teacher & offer personalized help to students
The hours are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
You may combine this project with any of the following programs:
The volunteer project is based in several villages in the hills of St. Andrew. Placements are within 5 to 10 minutes from Volunteer Home. The programs are also within close proximity to village shops and churches.
Project placements include childcare facilities, kindergartens, care centers, and children’s homes.
Volunteers will arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport and our representative will meet you on arrival.
A Jamaica Volunteer Programs coordinator will conduct orientation on the morning of the day the project starts. During this first meeting, you will be introduced to local staff who will take care of you and go over the details of your project placement. Your orientation will include popular Jamaican customs & culture, safety, weekend and free time travel options, and guidelines and expectations.
During your orientation, you will also be briefed on information about all the Covid-19 protocols, options for local transportation, currency, and other support services you will require during your stay.
Our accommodations are dormitory-style volunteer houses. Rooms are equipped with fans, but there is an option to pay an additional charge for air conditioning. Dorms have bunk beds and volunteers will share rooms with others of the same sex.
All accommodations have electricity, running water, western-style bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. You are required to bring your reusable water bottle to refill each day, which will help to reduce your cost for clean drinking water. You are also required to bring toiletries.
Solar panels heat up the water in our accommodation, so on days when it’s not sunny or raining, there may be a chill to your shower.
At JVP, breakfast and dinner from Monday – Friday is included in your package.
The breakfast menu includes toast, eggs, fruits, tea/coffee, and juice. Two days per week, you’ll have a full Jamaican breakfast. We have a communal kitchen at the volunteer house that consists of all the essentials, including an electric kettle, refrigerator, utensils, and microwave. There is also space in our cupboards to pack your snacks.
For breakfast and dinner on the weekends, you may use our communal kitchen at the volunteer accommodation with access to amenities like a gas stove, oven, kettles, microwave, and fridge. Alternatively, you can access nearby restaurants offering meals between $5-8
We cater to all diets, including vegetarians and vegans. To request meals for your special diet, discuss with your project coordinator.
While all projects run from Monday to Friday, your volunteer work schedule is completely dependent on your location and project. However, all projects have a basic structure. On the first day of your placement for some projects, a JVP representative will accompany you for introductions and to help you get settled.
For community development projects your program coordinator will direct and supervise.
A typical day’s schedule is attached below. However, this may vary depending on your program of choice:
Enjoy a lovely breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.
Journey to your placement where you will begin working on your project.
Work on your project continues.
Travel back to the volunteer accommodation, go shopping, or explore nearby communities.
For the best experience, our volunteers who must be 18 and older, are encouraged to be flexible and open-minded. Creativity, initiative, and a sense of humor are also invaluable assets. Volunteers also need to submit important documentation such as travel health insurance, trip cancellation, a resume/CV, a copy of your passport front page, and a criminal background check not older than six months.
Your resume need not be more than one page long with a summary of your skills or gifts so we can best know how to use your service.
You can spend your afternoons and weekends however you’d like, whether it be hanging out with other volunteers, working online, or exploring Jamaica through adventure. At JVP, our representatives are always looking out for eye-opening cultural activities we know you’ll enjoy. Some afternoons you’ll even have the option to attend a local event. It’s your choice!
Here are some options:
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