Women Empowerment Volunteering Abroad

If you have a passion for women empowerment, human rights, and gender studies, then volunteering in Jamaica will provide opportunities to be a part of such global movements. In addition to this, many Jamaican women struggle daily with little education, low wages, and the cycle of having children for multiple partners.

Unfortunately, domestic violence and abuse make the daily headlines around the island as women cry for help. Indeed, they yearn to break the cycle of poverty but need support to build skills and improve their education.

To help the cause, join other women empowerment organizations and NGOs initiatives to improve the rights of underprivileged women. At the same time, to help, you can teach skills like information technology, integrity, human rights, gender, parenting, and family planning.

Other ways to give support is helping to build the vocational skills of these women, and teach subjects like resume writing, interviewing skills, dressing for the work environment, professional etiquette, and entrepreneurship.

By providing women empowerment programs, you can teach basic academic subjects to empower girls who drop out of school due to teen pregnancy. And with the advancement of their education, these women will have a better chance to get productive employment. More so, they’ll have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.

So, if you are a student looking for international women empowerment, gender studies, or human rights projects, you’ll find many Jamaican communities looking for support and mentoring.

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 organizations’ mission to empower lives of the people in the community.

Women Empowerment Long Terms Objectives:

  • Increase the competence and vocational skills of women in communities across Jamaica through education and empowerment initiatives
  • Improve English literacy levels in  communities across Jamaica
  • Promote gender equality in  local communities  
  • Provide marginalized women with interest-free loans or grant funding to encourage the development of their own business.
  • Work with Elderly women in the community or nursing home
    • Reading to them
    • Therapy stretches
    • Work with them to create their life story in audio and visual presentation
  • Work with girls at a children’s home
    • Spend time getting to know the girls
    • Teach them life skills
    • Help them with their schoolwork
    • Encourage their creativity
    • Help them stay healthy

You may combine this project with any of the following programs: 

  • Education & Children
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Repair, Painting of Furniture and Buildings
  • Light Construction Maintenance
  • Sports Coaching and Mentoring

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, schools, and churches.

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.

Your daily work schedule will depend on your location and the duties; however, all volunteers will work with a basic structure. Our projects run from Monday – Friday, and on the first day of your placement, you’ll be accompanied by a local staff who will introduce you and help you settle in. During this time, you will get to familiarize yourself with the facilities, the team, and the duties and activities you will be doing. 

A typical weekday will look something like this:



7:30 AM

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.

8:00 AM

Journey to your placement where you will begin working on your project.

12:00 PM

Lunch break

1:00 PM

Work on your project continues.

3:00 PM

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!

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