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Community Development Project in Jamaica

If you’re looking for some hands-on, hands-dirty volunteering, look no further than our community development projects. Our program allows you to fully immerse yourself...

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Working With Children In Jamaica

Our working with children in Jamaica is one of our most challenging and rewarding volunteer projects that we offer. You will have the opportunity to make a difference by

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Volunteer as an Assistant Teacher In Jamaica

Love teaching or simply have a passion for working with young people? Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions offers a number of assistant teaching opportunities in the country. In...

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Environment & Conservation Volunteer In Jamaica

Enjoy the beautiful Jamaican environment while making a contribution to its practical conservation in a volunteering program from Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions. The organization...

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Sports Coaching Volunteer in Jamaica

Volunteer in Jamaica, birthplace of the fastest man on the planet, on a sports coaching project with Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions. Help the organization shape future world...

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Disabled Care Volunteer In Jamaica

Independent life is challenging for people with disabilities. In Jamaica the daily struggle is heightened due to a severe lack of resources, vital care and services. Volunteers...

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International Girl Scouts service trip to Jamaica

Take a Girl Scouts service trip to the beautiful island of Jamaica and experience your next adventure in the Caribbean that will build a troop of girls' with courage, confidence,...

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Animal Welfare Volunteer In Jamaica

Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions offers placements in animal welfare projects in Kingston, Montego Bay, and four other areas. Volunteers will work under the guidance and support...

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Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Phenomenal!

As a first time volunteering abroad..and having worked with children as my profession, I was very excited to volunteer at Pringles Orphanage in Jamaica. Initially I was a bit nervous, being that I was the only volunteer amongst 23 teens and preteens. But the staff at the orphanage were very helpful..and the youth were great!...and welcomed me with open arms and hearts. I would create fun activities to do with the youth..which was a great and positive learning experience for me.. we learned from each other. My Host family was also great and made my stay very comfortable. It was like home away from home....and they prepared delicious Jamaican dishes. I was also able to enjoy and experience the True Jamaica by hanging out in town at the local spots with the natives during my down time. I would say that my volunteering was a positive and memorable experience that i will hold close to my heart and will never forget...and would definitely recommend!

Program: Working With Children In Jamaica

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    7

Garland Hall Children's Home

Natalie and Rhoja at Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions (JVE) provided a lot of information about the volunteer experience, including the hours, the age, the number of children, and the needs but I wasn't sure what to expect, especially since I was volunteering on my own. I wasn't sure if there would be other volunteers from other organizations. Natalie's email prompted me to prepare a few fun but educational activities and I also brought some workbooks as well.

When I arrived at the children's home, there was another long-term volunteer there but she ended up not coming while I was there. Although the staff at the home were friendly, it seemed like the volunteers were expected to work independently with the children. I found the home to be comfortable and clean and expected that the children had some structure during the day. However, I learned that there was very little structure so I created some structure for myself and the children but was also flexible in going with the flow as well. I'm glad that I had already planned some activities and brought all the materials needed with me.

I was only at the home for 3 full days and 2 half days but felt a strong connection with the children as each day passed. At times, I felt challenged in working alone with the children, either because the children were frustrated with themselves or each other but I tried my best to stay motivated and positive and work with the children to make things both fun and educational. On the last day, it was quite emotional, the staff and children gathered around and expressed their appreciation and I'm now thinking of ways to continue my support from overseas.

JVE did an excellent job at preparing me and were eager to receive feedback. My host family was excellent and by the end of the trip, I feel like I now have a second home and family in Jamaica.

The only complaint that I have is that I had to figure out lunch on my own, since the home did not provide any. With limited transportation and not being familiar with the area, that was a bit of a challenge.

Program: Working With Children In Jamaica

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Social Life

    5

Mission trip

I found this experience to be very rewarding. However, I feel like a bigger impact could've been made at the school if we had known what supplies the students needed. We could have done more to bring notebooks, pencils, paper etc.. I also felt that more information about proper school etiquette should have been communicated ahead of time. I was very pleased with all the wonderful food served and our accommodations were great. During the farming day if felt that an opportunity was lost to explain the grave economic situation of the farmers. Crops were not explained and many students were not clear why they were doing certain activities. When a teaching moment is presented, it should be taken advantage. I also think that more time at the school would have been great. The day trip to Montego bay was great but the travel time was too long.

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Program: Community Development Project in Jamaica

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Health and Safety

    5

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Social Life

    5

Overall really great!

I had a lot of fun. It was hard to get use to the kids at first, but eventually it was really fun to spend time with them. Also the bugs weren't fun but the living situation was a lot of fun. And the staff from JVE were really great. I'm really glad I had this experience.

Program: Community Development Project in Jamaica

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

JVE: A One-of-a-kind Service Endeavour

Spending April break in Jamaica with JVE was an overall energetic and memorable experience. At the Mt Olivet primary school, the groups was able to create strong bonds with the kind school children. This experience also allowed us to engage in service in an international education context. I also enjoyed the time to relax and see the lush side of the country.

Program: Community Development Project in Jamaica

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