Volunteer Alternative Spring Break Trips In Jamaica 2017

Additional Info
  • Dorm Room Cost: $1,250 usd per person
  • Double Room Cost: $1,360 usd per person
  • Single Room Cost: $1,700 usd per person
  • Dates: March 4 - April 29, 2017
  • Max Group Size: 22
  • Space Available: 12
  • Hotel: Hellshire Guest House
  • Airport: Norman Manley (KIN)
  • Extensions: Yes
  • Volunteer Site: Kingston Orphanage
  • Duration: 1 Week

2017 Alternative Spring Break Trips For College Students & High Schoolers

On our 1-week alternative spring break trips we will volunteer at a Children’s Home in Kingston caring for wards of the state, some of whom are disabled. Each group will have a specific task to complete during the week of their program, with planned projects such as constructing a play area, painting, maintenance work, repairing furniture and more.


You will all arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, where we will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation, the Hellshire Guest House. You will be staying in safe and clean dorm, double or single rooms, with full bathroom, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning/fans, clean potable running water and a team leader from our organization staying nearby to provide guidance and support. Each day you will sample delicious Jamaican cuisine, as your package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. At the end of your program we will return you to the airport.


On the weekend and some afternoons, we have fun tours and cultural immersion activities planned including visiting the Bob Marley Museum, swimming and tubing at the beautiful Irie Blue Hole, swimming in the bioluminescent Luminous Lagoon, touring Devon House and enjoying their world famous ice cream, learning how coffee is grown and harvested in the Blue Mountains, visiting Hellshire Beach to sample their famous Fish and Bammy, and visiting a local church to see how Jamaicans worship.


There are 8 spring break adventure trips scheduled – 4 for high school groups and 4 for college groups. You can either travel with your own group of friends, or join in a group of travellers from around the world. There are limited amount of spaces available each week, so apply now to secure your space!

 alternative spring break trips for college students and high school


You will arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston. Your team leader will meet you at the airport where you will be transferred to the Hellshire Guest House. If you arrive early enough you will attend an introduction and welcome session where you can meet the other members of your group and enjoy dinner. Late arrivals will still enjoy dinner and join the full orientation the following morning.



We will enjoy our first group breakfast at 7:30 am, then do a full orientation session. We will depart for church at 9:00 am, where we will get to see how Jamaicans worship. Be sure to bring along an offering. Afterwards we will head to the Hellshire Beach where you can swim, meet locals and purchase the world famous Fish and Bammies that they are known for.



We will spend a full day at the children’s home to meet the members of staff and the children, as well as tour the property. Afterward we will begin your project in the day. You can also visit the home for the disabled nearby to spend time with the children there, and assist with homework after school.

NB: You will be advised of your project when you are presented with your itinerary.



Your group will volunteer from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, then we will travel to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston to learn more about the King of Reggae Music and tour his former home.



The volunteer project today will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, then after lunch your group will be transferred to the Blue Mountains to visit Craighton Estate to learn how coffee is grown, harvested and processed. You will also get to tour the field of coffee plants, see the estate and sample a freshly brewed cup of coffee.



This will be your group’s final day at the volunteer project. Volunteer from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, then you may present the children’s home with your donations for the kids, and say your goodbyes. We will then head over to Devon House for a tour of the mansion owned by Jamaica’s first black millionaire, then sample a scoop of Jamaica’s best ice cream. You can purchase more ice cream, visit the pastry shop or browse through other stores on the property.



Our first stop will be at the Irie Blue Hole in Ocho Rios to go swimming and tubing in the beautiful water. Next we will head to Scotchie’s Jerk Centre to enjoy lunch. We will then travel to the Green Grotto Cave to tour this natural attraction. Afterwards we will leave for the Luminous Lagoon. This tour only begins at night, so if we arrive in Trelawny early we can stop at a restaurant or beach nearby for refreshments. While on the tour you will receive a boat ride on the bioluminescent water that glows blue with every movement. You will get the chance to swim in the water as well.



After breakfast and saying goodbye to your group members we will transfer you back to the airport in Kingston. Depart with newfound friends and fond memories of Jamaica forever in your heart.

Information About Our College & High School Spring Break Trips


Introduction To Jamaica

Jamaica is the fourth largest island in the Caribbean and is located in the Caribbean Sea, just 145 kilometres from Cuba. Originally inhabited by the Arawak and Taino, the island fell under the rule of the Spanish in 1494, who began importing African slaves for labor. Santiago, as the island was named by the Spanish, was conquered by the British in 1655 and renamed to Jamaica. Following the emancipation of all slaves in 1838, Chinese and Indian indentured workers were brought in to work on plantations. Due to the islands mixture of so many races, Jamaica is often referred to as a “rich melting pot of cultures”.


With our population of over 2.8 million, Jamaica is the fourth most populated country in the Caribbean. Kingston is the capital of Jamaica, and its largest city. English is our primary language, although you will hear many locals speaking Patois, which is our local dialect. Jamaica’s economy is driven mainly through tourism, agriculture and mining, however many Jamaicans live below the poverty line. The Jamaican people are known for their friendliness and hospitality, and the island has a rich culture that is rivalled by none. The top selling points of Jamaica include our tropical marine climate, Reggae & Dancehall music, amazing natural attractions, rum, coffee, our dominance in track and field as well as our delicious island cuisine. These are a few of the reasons why Jamaica is ranked as one of the best spring break destinations for high school students, college students and families as well.


Volunteer Service

You will be placed at a children’s home in Kingston. The name and address of the home will be revealed to you on your itinerary once payment has been made. The home is divided into 2 properties, with 1 section housing children who are wards of the state, and the other section housing disabled children. You will work on specific projects that will be assigned for your group during the week you wish to travel, as well as spend some time getting to know the children while assisting in their care.



It is encouraged that you perform fundraising back at home before you travel. This can help you provide much needed items for the children, make a monetary donation to the children’s home if desired and even help to pay for the cost of your trip. Some fundraising options include writing a sponsorship letter that you could send to businesses, family, friends and schools back home, as well as crowdfunding, doing a bake/pizza sale, a car wash and more.


Start Dates

We have 8 spring break volunteer trips scheduled, which all begin on a Saturday and end the following Saturday. The first group will arrive on March 4, 2017.


Breakfast & Departure Times

The time for Breakfast & departing your accommodation will be laid out in your itinerary, which you will be sent via email once payment is complete. We will try to stick with the scheduled times as closely as possible.



Lunches are included for most days, except for Day 1, Day 7 and Day 8. On these dates you are required to purchase your own lunch, so plan accordingly. Budget for $5 - $20 usd per day for lunch.



Your package includes dinner each day as well. We cater for vegans, diabetics and volunteers suffering from allergies such as gluten, peanuts etc.


Activities During Free Time

During your free time you can watch television, go swimming in the pool, speak with other members of your group or reflect on the day’s activities. We will also have special activities planned for you in the evenings, which will be outlined in your itinerary.


Walking/Wheelchair Access

Our packages are NOT wheelchair accessible.



Irie Blue Hole & Luminous Lagoon tours require swimming.



You will stay at the Hellshire Guest House in Hellshire, St. Catherine. The amenities include swimming pool, games room, free WiFi and more.



We have packages available for Dorm Rooms, Double Rooms and Private Rooms. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning/fans, WiFi, full bathroom and comfortable beds.


Additional Information:



You need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date with at least 1 blank page.



Americans, Canadians and citizens of the United Kingdom do not require visas to enter Jamaica. Travellers from other nationalities are advised to check with the nearest Jamaican embassy or consulate for visa requirements when traveling to Jamaica.


What Is included


Airport pickup & transfer to your accommodation

Dorm, Double or Single room at Hellshire Guest House

Breakfast & dinner daily

Lunch on designated days

Transfers to and from volunteer project daily

Transfers to and from all planned tours

Entrance fees to all tours

Printed itinerary

In country support

A member of staff acting as the trip leader who will stay on the property with your group

Return to airport at the end of the package


Not Included:



Any visa, passport or custom costs

Travel medical insurance (you can purchase an affordable insurance plan here)

Tips for tour guides, driver or the trip leader (recommended)

Lunch on designated days


Additional tours outside of those listed on the itinerary

Extra transportation costs other than listed on itinerary

Extra services at the hotel

Hotel stay outside of days listed on the itinerary

Looking For Custom Spring Break Service Trips?

If you would like to customize your own volunteer high school spring break trips for a longer duration than a week, with added tours or at a different area in Jamaica, please complete our Spring Volunteer Contact Form and we will get in touch with you within 24 hours.


For group leaders please enquire about our Familiarization trip packages (Fam Trips).

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