Volunteer Abroad in Jamaica
For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of Jamaica is warm beaches, lush vegetation, and tropical vacations. It’s no wonder this island nation has become a tourism hotspot, with its warm hospitality and English-speaking population. Tourism has helped to bolster Jamaica’s economy, but the country still faces significant economic, social, and environmental challenges. Volunteers in Jamaica gain a deeper understanding of the “real” Jamaica while making a meaningful contribution to the country’s future.
Live in Kingston, 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. The city has a fascinating history, including being settled by the Spanish in the early 16th century, seized by the English in the mid-17th century, and establishing an economy that was heavily dependent on its ports and plantations. The area has always been a popular location in the Caribbean, attracting people from all different backgrounds. The most notorious characters being, of course, boisterous swarms of pirates, whose presence caused nearby Port Royal to be deemed the “Wickedest Place in Christendom.”
Although pirates and nautical battles are a thing of the past, 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. Tourism has helped to bolster Jamaica’s economy, but beyond the pristine resorts and tourist attractions that most visitors see, the country still faces significant economic and social challenges. Volunteers in Jamaica gain a deeper understanding of the “real” Jamaica while making a meaningful contribution to the country’s future.
We offer volunteer placements in Jamaica in the following fields:
Housing: 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.
Dates: The World Endeavors Deaf Education program in Jamaica is flexible in duration. Admissions are rolling, and programs can begin on any Monday throughout the year.
Duration: Participants can choose any duration between 2 and 12 weeks.
Cost: See our website for program fee information
How to Apply: Our application deadlines are set at 16 weeks prior to your desired program start date. Visit our website at http://worldendeavors.com/apply to start your application.
**Always check our website for the most up-to-date program information.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL JHU APPLICANTS
There is a dual application process for this program:
Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking on the green "Apply Now" button
Students must complete the program application, which you can access on the program website. Please make sure to abide by both the Hopkins and the program deadlines as they may be different.
APP FEE NOTE:
Hopkins students do not need to pay the World Endeavors application fee. Complete the online application through the second page and then click 'Save & Exit'. This will bring the application to the attention of a World Endeavors advisor, who will reach out to you via email by the end of the next business day to collect additional information.