Humanitarian & Social Work Abroad Programs

Additional Info
  • Processing Fee: $150 - $300 USD
  • Weekly Cost: $725 usd 1 week
  • Dates Available: Year round
  • Volunteer Site: St. Catherine, Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
  • Max Participants: 30
  • Age Range: 12 - 85
  • Room Types: Dorm, Double, Private
  • Minimum Stay: 1 week
  • Maximum Stay: 3 months
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transfers: To/From Airport & Project
  • Our Social Work: We donate up to 50% to charity
  • Group Discount: Yes (5 or more travelers)
  • Tour Discount: 10% off all tours/excursions

Humanitarian Aid Volunteer & Social Work Abroad Programs In Jamaica

Are you looking to join social work abroad programs where you can support a family or child that are down on their luck and in need of assistance? This is your chance to reach out and help a family in need. There are a number of inner city communities in Jamaica that are poverty-stricken and filled with unemployed parents who are struggling greatly to meet the basic needs of their families on a daily basis.


Jamaica International Projects has reached out to families desperately in need of your support. These families consist of hard working, law abiding citizens. All they need is a helping hand to assist with medical bills for the children, some of whom are disabled, assistance with purchasing needed equipment such as water tanks and utensils, aid with building or repairing their homes among other necessities.


By devoting your time and energy to do social work overseas in Jamaica, you will no doubt help to make a lasting difference in the lives of many Jamaicans.


Social Work Study Abroad

For students or social workers/humanitarians seeking a more formal volunteer program, we can customize social work internships abroad here in Jamaica so that you can be placed with local organizations that specialize in social work and humanitarian efforts.

Meet The Families You Can Join On Your Humanitarian Aid Volunteer Program:


The Bailey Family

Location: Portmore, St. Catherine

Members: Mother, Father, 4 Sons (1 is disabled)

Introduction: The Bailey family lives in Greater Portmore St. Catherine. They have 4 children living with them, 1 of whom is severely disabled.


  • *Water Tank
  • *A wheelchair for Jordan, who has down syndrome
  • *Supplies for the children (clothes, shoes, bags, books etc.)
  • *A computer for homework and research
  • *Donations for medical treatment for Jordan
  • *Any financial assistance for care of the children
  • *Household supplies (iron, pots, utensils, appliances, sheets, towels, toiletries etc.)

The Banner Family

Location: Dover Castle, St. Catherine

Members: 5 Adult Siblings and 5 children

Introduction: They currently own their own land, but they need assistance to build the house.


  • *Donations to help purchase material to build house
  • *Water Tank
  • *Supplies for the children (clothes, shoes, bags, books etc.)
  • *A computer for homework and research
  • *Any financial assistance for care of the children
  • *Household supplies (iron, pots, utensils, appliances, sheets, towels, toiletries etc.)



Due to high charges at customs, we ask donors NOT to ship donations or supplies directly to the families. The best option is to ship the cargo to Jamaica and send the funds to have the package cleared.

There Are Also Three Alternatives For Persons Looking To Give Back On Their Social Work Abroad Program:

  • *You can book a 1 week or longer volunteer program and come to Jamaica to visit your sponsor family. This way you can pack the donations in a suitcase and bring along as a piece of luggage, eliminating the customs fee.


  • *If you would like to send a large amount of donations, or you would absolutely need to ship your donations through the port, then you could send the funds necessary to clear the package and we will help you collect it and transfer it to your sponsor family.


  • *Wire the funds that you raise for the family to a local account that they can access.
Project Details

Volunteer Abroad Social Work Placements In Jamaica

You will be placed with a local family in St. Catherine, Kingston, Montego Bay or St. Ann.


Amount Of Participants:

This project is open to individuals, couples and groups. We can accommodate as many as 30 volunteers at a time, however pre-booking is needed. Special arrangements are required for larger groups.



No prior experience is needed to join our social work abroad opportunities in Jamaica, however you should be willing to give back to a local family, and enjoy working with children, some of whom may be disabled.


Project Activities:

After you apply, our Program Advisor will contact you to discuss the activities that you would like to engage in during your project. Pre-planning is an important step to truly making a lasting impact on your humanitarian volunteer opportunities, so think carefully on what your goals are and how best your skills can be utilized.


Some Activities That You Can Do On Your Social Work Volunteer Abroad Project Are:

*Visit struggling Jamaican families to provide humanitarian relief and help out around the house
*Help children with homework, play games and bond with local families
*Work with a local social agency in Jamaica to complete service hours as part of your social work study abroad programs
*Accompany a local social work agency into the field to go into communities and perform social work duties
*Visit a local school and teach students the importance of humanitarianism and doing social work
*Put on fundraising and collect donations back home to give to the family you will be working with in Jamaica

If you would like to suggest an activity not listed above, please discuss this with your Program Advisor.



The families that you can be placed with on your social work opportunities abroad placement are all in need of assistance, which may be cash or kind. We always work with these families to get a list of their most urgent needs, which we will send to you as a part of your application to see if you can source any of these resources. This is NOT mandatory, so there is no pressure if you are unable to do so.

If however you are interested in gathering resources back home before your trip to Jamaica, we will be happy to send you any support documentation that you may require, and we ask that you read our Crowdfunding & Fundraising Guide for some fun and exciting tips to help you earn funds quickly.


Combine Experiences

If you would like to combine this experience with another project, please let us know on your application. Popular projects that get combined with this project are:

Volunteer As A Teacher
Orphanage & Childcare
Sports Coaching
Business Management
Building & Construction
Women's Empowerment
Legal Aid & Human Rights
Disability Care



We offer projects for a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 3 months. For projects longer than 3 months, you will need to contact us to check visa and other requirements.


Your First Day:

On the first day of your social work projects abroad, a Program Advisor will accompany you to your project site, where you will be introduced to the local family/office staff of the social work agency (depending on the nature of the program you have chosen.) You will be given a tour of the office/home and after you have settled in your objectives will be made clear. Before your Program Advisor departs he/she will ensure that you know where to purchase lunch.



We provide company operated transportation to and from your project daily. This cost is included in your project cost. We will work off the time indicated on your itinerary, so if you would like to spend more or less time at your project on a particular day, let us know so that we can pick you up at the desired time.


Project Completion:

Upon the completion of your project, we will present you with a Volunteer Certificate signed by our General Manager. We would also be happy to sign any documents that you would need to prove community service hours.


Recommended To Take With You:

In order for your humanitarian volunteer project to be completely fulfilling, we recommend that you take along the following items with you:

*Money to purchase lunch – lunch in Jamaica is very affordable, and would cost about $3-$5 USD per day.
*Insect repellent to prevent mosquito and bug bites
*Supplies to assist with your project (if any)
*A camera to take pictures
*Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
*A reusable water bottle
*Comfortable shoes

Dates and Costs
Processing Fee (Add to Total)
$150 USD


Shared Dorm Room In KINGSTON Hosted By JIP (USD)
1 Week $725
2 Weeks $1,270
3 Weeks $1,815
4 Weeks $2,360
5 Weeks $2,910
6 Weeks $3,455
7 Weeks $4,000
8 Weeks $4,545
Extra Weeks $545


Shared Dorm Room In KINGSTON GROUP RATES (5 or More Volunteers) (USD)
1 Week $699
2 Weeks $1,215
3 Weeks $1,735
4 Weeks $2,255
5 Weeks $2,775
6 Weeks $3,295
7 Weeks $3,810
8 Weeks $4,330
Extra Weeks $520


Private Room With Local Host (USD)
1 Week $990
2 Weeks $1,790
3 Weeks $2,580
4 Weeks $3,375
5 Weeks $4,170
6 Weeks $4,965
7 Weeks $5,760
8 Weeks $6,600
Extra Weeks $720


Placement Only Processing Fee
$300 USD

Social Care Work Abroad Prices Include:

*Pre-arrival support and assistance
*Sourcing volunteer project placement
*Orientation and support documentation on day of arrival
*Pickup from airport and transfer to accommodation.
*Private room with a local host near the parish your program is in (Kingston, Negril, Falmouth, St. Ann, St. Catherine or Montego Bay.) Accommodation equipped with fans/air conditioning, double or queen bed, kitchen access, free wifi, cable television, bathroom and more.
*Full breakfast and dinner daily.
*Daily transportation to and from volunteer project
*24/7 in country support
*Certificate of participation upon successful completion of your volunteer program
*Return transfer to airport


Prices Do Not Include:

*Visa application cost or fees (if applicable)
*Daily lunch
*Personal shopping money
*Airfare expenses or taxes
*Travel insurance (You can purchase international travel health medical insurance here)
*Weekend tour and adventure projects



Humanitarian volunteer programs are available all year round in Jamaica


Project Dates & Times:

Projects normally run Monday through Friday, so we ask that volunteers arrive on the weekend, preferably Saturday. If you cannot come on a weekend, we will still accommodate you.


Afternoon & Weekends:

On weekends, and some weekday afternoons, you can participate in our cultural immersion and excursion tours. This is the perfect opportunity for you to not only have fun and blow off steam, but also learn about our rich culture and experience our top attractions. View our available tours and adventures and purchase a tour package to maximize your experience in Jamaica.

Accommodation and Transportation


Where You Will Stay:

You will stay with a pre-vetted local host in houses or apartments that are equipped to accommodate our volunteers and interns. You will get a chance to experience the Jamaican culture first hand. On your application form you will select the area you would like to stay in, and choose from St. Catherine, Kingston, Falmouth, Negril, Montego Bay, or St. Ann (Ocho Rios). All local hosts we work with are safe and will treat you like a member of the family.


Accommodation Features:

• Double or queen beds
• Air Conditioning or fans
• Private or shared bathrooms
• Cable television
• Free Wi-Fi access
• Closets
• Chest of drawer and night table
• Locker or safety box with lock (storage)


Group Accommodations

Groups joining our social work abroad volunteer programs will be able to choose from a wide list of guest houses or hotels that we work with or manage to accommodate your members. You can choose accommodations in the most popular areas of Jamaica, equipped with dorm rooms, double rooms and private rooms and modern day amenities.



We provide all of our volunteers with orientation on your date of arrival. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will be given your finalized itinerary and your orientation guide. During orientation, we will go over project dates and times, transportation, meal times, cultural/excursion activities and you will be given tips on Jamaica.


Key Deposit:

We require a $20 USD key deposit to be paid during orientation. This will be refunded upon checkout once the keys are returned. If you lose your keys, we will use your deposit to cover their replacement.


Welcome Meal:

On your date of arrival, following your orientation, you will be served with your welcome meal.


Daily Meals:

Your Package Cost covers breakfast and dinner daily. You will be served Jamaican cuisine during your stay. Indicate if you have any special dietary requirements on your application so that we can make preparations for you.




Airport Pickup:

Your volunteer humanitarian & social work abroad Project Cost also covers the cost of airport pickup at the Norman Manley International Airport or Sangster International Airport, depending on where you will be staying. We will meet you at the airport with a sign saying Jamaica International Projects. You will be transferred directly from the airport to your accommodation.


You should book your flight to the airport that is nearest to the parish you will be staying in. We will advise you during application.


Daily Transfers:

Each day, you will be transferred from your accommodation directly to your project by a team member. We will also pick you up at your project at the agreed upon time and transfer you either back to the accommodation, to change money/purchase supplies or to a cultural activity/excursion, depending upon your itinerary.


Tour Transfers:

For your tours, you will have a Program Advisor accompanying you to point out important landmarks and to function as a guide. You will be transferred to and from all excursions and outings.


Return To Airport:

At the end of your humanitarian relief volunteer project, we will provide return transportation to the airport.

How to Join Us


Read through the other information on this page about our humanitarian volunteer & social work abroad program thoroughly and decide if it is the program for you.



Click APPLY NOW and complete the application form as thoroughly as possible. In the meantime, start thinking of the activities that you would like to engage in during your project.



A Program Advisor will review your application and contact you within 24 hours via Skype, Google Hangouts or telephone. You will get a chance to discuss your goals, skills, fundraising and ask us any questions.


Secure Your Placement:

As soon as you are accepted, you will need to pay your Non-Refundable Processing Fee so that we can begin making your placement and processing your application. You may also pay a deposit or make payment in full once you are sure of your date of travel, because availability is on a first come first serve basis.


Submit Documentation:

After paying the processing fee you will be sent a list of documentation that you need to submit. We ask that you submit these documents as soon as possible, so if you are planning to join this program then you should start the process of obtaining them from now. These documents are:

• 2 Reference letters (1 personal, 1 professional)
• 1 recent photo id (passport, national id or driver's license)
• 1 police report/criminal background check
• Proof of travel insurance
• Flight itinerary


Finalize All Payments:

All payments must be finalized no later than 60 days before your travel date. This means that the entire package cost, including Processing Fee, Project Cost and Cultural Immersion/Excursion cost must be settled 60 days before your arrival date. You can update your cultural immersion/excursion package or purchase additional tours while you are in Jamaica.


You will receive updates on your project and itinerary via emails, phone calls and through Google+ or Skype calls.


Remember to read through our Terms and Conditions Agreement to know your responsibilities if you embark on this program.

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