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Volunteer in Jamaica


Volunteers in Jamaica have been contributing to constructive and sustainable projects for several years with Projects Abroad. Our volunteer work in Jamaica supports numerous worthwhile placements which, while they may be challenging, give volunteers in Jamaica the opportunity to learn about the real world and themselves while making a useful and positive contribution to a worthy community setting.

Volunteer in Jamaica Projects Abroad volunteer plays with children of Manchester while on a visit to the Belretiro community in Jamaica

  • Placement location: Mandeville
  • Project lengths: From 1 week
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Languages spoken: Patois
  • Local greetings Hello: Wha gwaan
    Thankyou: Tenk Yuh
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  • Top places to travel: Negril beaches, Ocho Rios waterfall, Blue Mountains

Overseas volunteers in Jamaica are given the chance to get involved in a wide range of educational projects and internships. These include working with children on a care, teaching or school sports project, building and repairing hurricane-affected homes, getting involved in an ongoing human rights project and a medicine and healthcare project.

Where we are Based in Jamaica

Projects Abroad Jamaica is based in the university town of Mandeville. We also have projects in St. Elizabeth (Accompong, Black River and Santa Cruz). Mandeville is situated inland at a cooler altitude of about 2000ft, 100km west of Kingston it is removed from the main tourist trail. The town is the capital of the Parish of Manchester and retains an English ‘village’ feel with its grassy town square and local parish church. However, there are areas in and around Mandeville which are home to poorer communities, where there is a real need for help. 

St. Elizabeth is the neighbouring parish to Manchester, approximately forty five minutes from Mandeville. It offers a different feel; a very natural, rustic and pristine atmosphere. Projects are located in Black River, Accompong and Santa Cruz where much help is needed in these poorer communities.

General Information on Jamaica

A Projects Abroad Jamaica volunteer helps somebody in a teaching project in Jamaica

The Caribbean island of Jamaica is well known for its idyllic beaches, turquoise seas and romantic sunsets, however beyond the tourist brochure façade is a country of laid-back welcoming people, smiling children and a lush mountainous interior well worth exploring.

Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean and was described by Christopher Columbus in the late 15th century as the ‘fairest land my eyes have ever seen’. Plenty of visitors today would still agree and tourism is a vital source of income for the island. However, many visitors who find time to venture off the cruise ships do not make it beyond one or two coastal towns and often miss out on one of Jamaica’s biggest assets - its incredible mix of people.

Jamaica’s rich history and cultural heritage is an intriguing mix of Arawak Indians, infamous pirates, Spanish settlers, British naval explorers and slaves yearning for freedom. Today, people of African descent make up just over 75% of the 2.8 million population.

Travel and Tourism in Jamaica

Scenic shot of Jamaican coastline

At the weekends, volunteers in Jamaica are spoilt for choice in terms of travel opportunities. The Blue Mountains, YS Falls, Dunn’s River Falls, the Bob Marley Museum, Outameni Experience and Treasure Beach are popular weekend or day trips from Mandeville.

There are many paradise beaches awaiting you in places like Ocho Rios, Negril and Port Antonio. Water sports and activities like diving, snorkelling, river tubing and rafting are popular around the entire coast. You can also choose to ‘chill’ in a hammock and sample a classic Jamaican rum cocktail.

No experience of Jamaica is complete without experiencing the vibrant music scene. Strains of Jamaica’s most famous citizen, Bob Marley will undoubtedly follow you everywhere on the island and spectacular music festivals take place throughout the year.

Projects available in Jamaica

High School Projects for 15 to 18 year olds available in Jamaica


Projects available in Jamaica

High School Projects for 15 to 18 year olds available in Jamaica

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