For many people, the first things that come to mind when they think of Jamaica are warm beaches, lush vegetation, and tropical vacations. It’s no wonder this island nation has become a tourism hotspot, with its hospitable English-speaking population. Tourism has helped to bolster Jamaica’s economy, but the country still faces significant economic, social, and environmental challenges. World Endeavors volunteers in Jamaica gain a deeper understanding of the “real” Jamaica while making a meaningful contribution to the country’s future through work on projects that serve the Deaf community.
World Endeavors Deaf Education volunteers in Jamaica dedicate their time and enthusiasm and partner with a Deaf education organization in Kingston. Due to the lack of a developed Deaf education system in Jamaica and the lack of resources and qualified Deaf education teachers, most Deaf students leave secondary school with less than a 5th grade reading level. Volunteers assist educators with improving literacy and promoting personal development, as well as helping improve educational facilities and opportunities for the Deaf community in Jamaica. Volunteers can have different deaf education levels, ranging from volunteers who with no signing abilities to experienced deaf educators who are fluent in sign language. Deaf students benefit from having passionate, helpful volunteers to mentor them in the areas of language, leadership, and cultural exchange. In return, volunteers build strong relationships with students and teachers alike while gaining insight into a unique community in Jamaica.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Jamaican culture.
Volunteers in Jamaica live and work in Kingston, the capital and largest city of Jamaica. The area has always been a popular location in the Caribbean, attracting people from all different backgrounds. Kingston has retained its lively and colorful character over the centuries, and its friendly inhabitants, delicious foods, and vivid culture make it a worthy destination. Combine this with the city’s surroundings—the clear waters of its Caribbean coast, the backdrop of the Blue Mountains—and it’s no wonder why Kingston has become a prime target for tourists.
“Since this was my first time volunteering overseas, I experienced many different emotions from homesickness to happiness. However, my time in Jamaica will always stay with me because of how much it impacted me in many different ways. In other words, I went back to the US with a bigger and warmer heart because of the wonderful people I met and became friends with.”
- Kristi-Ann, Volunteer in Jamaica
Volunteers in Jamaica live and work in Kingston, the capital and largest city of Jamaica, which is located on the southeastern coast of the island.
World Endeavors volunteers in Jamaica can contribute to the following project:
World Endeavors volunteers in Jamaica stay in a furnished guest house with other volunteers. Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from modern norms in terms of space or amenities. Volunteers will share a room with other participants of the same gender, and will have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Participants are expected to respect the volunteer home and their fellow residents and be open to the adventure of experiencing a different way of life in a new environment.
The World Endeavors Deaf Education program in Jamaica is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 2 to 12 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and World Endeavors volunteers can choose when they would like to start their program. Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project.
When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to Jamaica, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.
Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.
|Program Name||First Week||Each Additional Week|
|Volunteer In Jamaica||$1,390||$450|
- Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one guidance
- Volunteer program: individualized for your goals and experience
- Flexible durations from 2 to 12 weeks with year-round start dates
- Academic credit facilitation
- Local Onsite Coordinator with 24/7 availability; pre and post arrival orientation
- Personalized Program Success Plan with ongoing support
- Re-entry Handbook: to help you reflect on and integrate your experience abroad into your daily life and future career, deal with reverse culture shock, stay connected to the culture of your host country, and get involved in future service and travel opportunities
- Airport reception and welcome
- Volunteer housing accommodations and a grocery stipend included
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance
- Travel visa guidance and support
- Advice on how to get a local phone number
- 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
- Travel protection
- Discounts: to stores, restaurants, and entertainment located near your home and/or university!
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip transportation to Kingston, Jamaica
- Lunch and snacks
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one.
For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.
Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. We can accommodate applications received 12 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. If your intended start date is less than 12 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.