Volunteer Teaching Abroad Opportunities

Volunteer Teaching Abroad Opportunities


Overview

Volunteer Teaching Abroad Opportunities in Jamaica

Have you ever wondered what it is like to do Volunteer Teaching Abroad? You can impact the lives of teens, and young children while learning a new culture. Volunteering abroad as a teacher is a great reason to visit Jamaica, one of the most beautiful and exotic countries in the world. 

Working in schools will offer the shortcut to make fast friends while learning about the food, language and culture. Volunteer opportunities in Jamaica are available for you to work in three types of schools.There are Basic schools for the little ones ages 3– 6, Primary Schools for the 6 – 12 year olds and Secondary schools for the age groups 12 – 17.

The choice is yours, but whatever you decide, you can make a difference in any subject area you choose. Class sizes will vary from class to class but will be approximately 35 – 40 students.

As a teacher in Jamaica you’ll be working alongside the local staff, but have the option to teach specific subjects on your own. Other times you’ll work one–on-one with students.

Why Jamaica has Volunteer Teaching Abroad Opportunities:

Many public schools are understaffed, overcrowded and lack resources -This means teachers do not have time for individual interaction with students. Because of this, students are often not able to get the help they need based on their special requirements.

Volunteer Teaching AbroadTeaching in many classes can be very difficult as some of the rooms are only divided by a black board so sound goes through and it is often difficult to hear. There is more -You’ll witness firsthand the disparities between children coming from different communities as you’ll notice some children having pencils and pens while other just twiddles their fingers because they have nothing to work with.

For these reasons and more, volunteer teaching abroad in an unfamiliar country is a great opportunity to learn and grow as volunteers will need to be flexible, open minded and prepared to face challenges.

How you can make a difference?

One of the greatest impacts you can make in your volunteer teaching placements abroad in Jamaica is to provide individual attention and assistance to children from challenging circumstances and to those who have special needs.

Many of the schools you’ll volunteer at do not have adequate funding as they only get income from the small fees the parents pay. These small sums cannot pay qualified teachers, so the children do not get the quality education they need or deserve. Because of this, the schools rely on volunteer help to work alongside the local staff.
Now you can experience volunteer teaching abroad in Jamaica in a whole new way as you gain invaluable life experiences by adapting to a new culture. As a teacher you’ll get the opportunity to meet people and communities where old customs and traditions still thrive despite the emergence of technology. Why not join us and see why going abroad with this dynamic organization could be the perfect fit for you!

Select the type of school you would wish to volunteer:

  • Basic School – Ages 3 – 6 (also called Kindergarten)
  • Primary School- Ages 6 – 12
  • Special needs schools: Dyslexia, autism or those with learning disability
  • School for at risk youths
  • Deaf schools
  • Blind schools
  • School for sport coaching

Project Info

Project Info

Volunteer teaching abroad programs are open to all, whether you volunteer during, winter break, Alternative spring break or summer abroad.When volunteering as a teacher you can work as an individual or in a group. You do not need any prior experience but must be flexible and love working with children.

Once your application is accepted, we will search for the school that matches the experience you are looking for. Before your departure, our program advisor will contact you to learn more about you and to create an itinerary for the activities you want to do with the children. We will use our experience to guide you with ideas that have been successful with others before.

To make your work impactful, pre –planning is necessary so making a decision early on the type of activities you’ll do is important. When you know what you want to do, start collecting resources from family, friends or in some cases you might have to buy some. Some of these could be art & craft supplies, crayons, play dough or music and sports equipment.

Days and Times for Project:

Our project days normally run from Monday – Friday. This means that if you require flexibility or a shorter work week, this can be arranged.

On some afternoons and weekends our organization offers day excursions and cultural immersion experiences. Our goal is not to only offer you volunteering but help you immerse in the local culture.

Duration of this project

Volunteer for one week or as long as three months and make a difference.

Combining Projects

Most volunteers combine teaching with Orphanage volunteering. We offer you the chance to work with children in the afternoons as this often allows you to get the best experiences you are looking for.

How this program works?

On your arrival at our volunteer home you will be given an orientation. During the orientation you’ll be told what to expect the following day and the time of departure.

Transportation:

On your first day and every day of your project we will provide transportation. Depending on your project location, you may be transported alone or as part of a group.

What to expect on the first day of your project

We promised to provide you with 24/7 in-country support so one of our Program Advisors will accompany you to your project on your first day and make sure you settle in. We will not leave you until we are sure that you are comfortable and have clear instructions on what to do.

Before your departure, we will help you make arrangements for an affordable lunch or we will show you how to find the closest food store. At end of the day, we’ll pick you up at the agreed time. On your way home, we can go the extra mile to allow you to purchase supplies or get money changed to our local currency.

Fun-filled Afternoon Activities:

Most evenings you’ll go back to your volunteer home to hang out and plan for the next day, but we continually look for eye-opening cultural activities for you to do in your free time. Because of this we sometime offer you opportunities to attend local events in the afternoons.

Start Dates

Start Dates

Our volunteer teaching projects are available all year- round allowing you to take part when you can, so on your application you’ll indicate your start and end dates. Although we are flexible there are times during the year when Jamaica has major holidays and celebration, so it is advisable to plan your trip that your dates do not coincide with these major events.

Looking to plan your arrival during major events or celebrations?

It is possible to start your project on a major holiday or during the celebration of an event. This needs pre-planning so that you become part of the event or activities. During major holidays and events your help is especially welcome.

Pre-set arrival dates

If you are travelling as a group or with family members, we’ll work with you to set the dates of your arrival. We ask that you book your flight to arrive on the weekend so that you can start on a Monday. If your arrival date cannot be on a weekend, you need to make special arrangements for a mid–week start date.

Last minute booking

We encourage you to always plan your volunteering trips early as pre-planning allows you to get more out of your trip. If you decide at the last minute to volunteer in Jamaica, it might be possible to make it happen but it will depend on the project. Complete the application form and contact us to find out if we can make the project of your choice happen.

How to Get Started

How to Get Started























Prices


Orphanage

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



Teaching

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



Sports Coach

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



Elderly Care

  • Add Registration Fee
  • 1 Week $799 USD
  • 2 Weeks $1,500 USD
  • 3 Weeks $2,100 USD
  • 4 Weeks $2,630 USD
  • 5 Weeks $3,150 USD
  • 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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