Sports Volunteer Abroad In Jamaica

Additional Info
  • Processing Fee: $150 - $300 USD
  • Weekly Cost: $725 usd 1 week
  • Dates Available: Year round
  • Volunteer Site: St. Catherine, Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, 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

Become A Sports Volunteer Abroad – Join Our Sports Volunteering Abroad Programs

Are you a big sports fan? Talented in a specific sport? Eager to pass on your knowledge and skills to children abroad? Then congratulations, by viewing this article about our sports volunteer abroad programs in Jamaica you have taken your first step into making your goal a reality!


Jamaica is a country that is very passionate about sports, and our children in particular are always ready and eager to practice and compete in their favourite sports, whether in schools or in their communities.


This program is perfect for high school, college and university students, mature individuals, sports enthusiasts, professional coaches or anyone who is looking to partake in sports volunteering abroad and helping children and athletes to stay active.

Why You Should Volunteer Abroad In Sport Coaching

From seasoned sports professionals to casual sport fans, whatever your skills and aptitude level, we will customize a program to suite your desires, and pair you with a local team for the sport of your preference who needs your guidance.


This is a quick way to develop relationships in Jamaica that will last you a lifetime while helping youth in underprivileged communities realize their full potential. Who knows, you might even help to discover a young Usain Bolt in the making!

Some Activities That You Can Do On Your Volunteer Sports Coaching Abroad Are:

  • *Visit a local school and volunteer in the Physical Education department
  • *Become a school coach in a sport that you have experience in, and teach students the fundamentals
  • *Visit communities and conduct a sports clinic. Teach the youth about the various sports, such as basketball, soccer, track and field, volleyball, netball and more
  • *Visit the YMCA and work as a swimming coach, or conduct swimming classes for locals at the beach
  • *Skilled and experienced volunteers can work with professional Jamaican sports teams and clubs
  • *Do a fundraising campaign back home to raise cash or collect used sports gear to donate to local teams
  • *Play your favourite sports with locals
  • *For sports psychologists and therapists, special projects can be arranged
Project Details

Sport Volunteer Abroad Placements In Jamaica

Depending upon the nature of your sport coaching volunteer abroad project, you will be placed in either a school, with a sports team or at a community sports centre. We offer projects all across Jamaica, in areas such as Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Falmouth, Portland, St. Catherine, Negril and more.


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 needed for larger groups.



No prior experience is needed to join our sports volunteer opportunities abroad in Jamaica, however experience in sports may qualify you for an advanced placement.


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 making an impact, so please think carefully on what your goals are during this time.


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

*Volunteer in Jamaican schools to help coach students during physical education exercises
*Introduce Jamaicans to your favourite sport, especially sports that are not widely played in the Caribbean such as rugby, tennis, badminton etc.
*Go into Jamaican communities to put on clinics for the children, teenagers and adults alike.
*Teach locals how to properly play basketball, soccer, football, tennis, volleyball and much more
*Spend some time at the YMCA to teach students how to swim or volunteer as a lifeguard
*For qualified and experienced volunteers, there may be an option to work with some of the island’s top sports teams
*There is also an opportunity for sports therapists and sports councillors to volunteer their skills to local teams
*Raise awareness about your sports volunteer project back home and collect sports equipment to take with you to Jamaica to be donated to locals.

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



Based on the type of sports volunteer programs abroad you request, there may be a list of resources that your host project site may need. We will keep a list of items that each project is in need of, and send it to you as a part of your application. This will allow you to seek these resources back home, if you are able. This is NOT a mandatory aspect of your program, so feel free to let us know if you do not wish to do this.


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 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 options to combine are:

Orphanage & Childcare
Social Work/Sponsor A Family
Business Development
Building Construction & Maintenance
Women's Empowerment
Human Rights & Law
Special Needs 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 project, a Program Advisor will accompany you to your project site, where you will be introduced to the students/community members/athletes (depending on the nature of the program you have chosen.) You will be given a tour of the school/sports centre/community sports area, 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 included in your package. 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 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 volunteer sports development abroad program 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 water bottle
*Comfortable shoes
*Any sports equipment that you can easily travel with

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

Sports Volunteer Abroad Prices Include:

*Pre-arrival support and assistance
* Sourcing placement with local volunteer sports organizations
*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 affordable travel medical insurance here)
*Weekend tour and adventure projects



Sport volunteer projects abroad 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 opt to partake 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 sports volunteering abroad 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 consisting of authentic Jamaican dishes.


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 sport coaching 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 project, we will provide return transportation to the airport.

How to Join Us


Read through the information on this page about this program thoroughly and decide if you truly wish to join our volunteer abroad sports programs.



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 documents 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 & Conditions to know your responsibilities if you embark on this program.

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