Volunteer Teaching 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

Short-Term Volunteer Teaching Abroad In Jamaica

If you are a qualified teacher, an educated individual, experienced in a specific subject area or just seeking to lend a helping hand in a school setting, then our volunteer teaching abroad programs are what you are seeking. You have the option of volunteering in either elementary schools, middle schools/junior high or high schools, with students ranging from the ages of 3-19.

The Impact Of Teaching Volunteer Abroad Work

Many schools in Jamaica are overcrowded, with teachers sometimes being forced to work with limited supplies in classes that can hold anywhere from 30-50 students. As you can imagine, it is difficult to give each student the one-on-one attention that they deserve. This is why your help is needed on our volunteer teaching overseas projects, as you can assist the teacher with lessons, and get to know the students on a personal level, while offering them individual assistance.


We also partner with several technical and trade schools to offer volunteer teaching abroad for qualified teachers in areas ranging from information technology, food preparation, carpentry, technical drawing and much more. Our teaching volunteer programs are a perfect opportunity for you to pass on your knowledge and skills. It is also a great learning opportunity while traveling, as it gives you a chance to interact with Jamaicans on a daily basis and learn about our culture.

How You Can Help On Our Teaching Volunteer Abroad Trip:

  • *Teach the students about your culture back home
  • *Help create charts and teaching aids for students
  • *Work as a teacher’s assistant to provide students with one-on-one guidance
  • *Coordinate fun physical education and sports activities for students
  • *Help teach a local class in subjects such as Mathematics, English, and Science etc.
  • *Collect donations of cash and kind back home to help provide stationery for students
Project Details

Volunteer Abroad Teaching Project Placement

You will be placed in elementary, secondary, junior high schools or technical schools in St. Catherine, Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios (St. Ann) or Negril based on your preference.


Amount Of Participants:

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



You must love working with children and/or teenagers, and be willing to devote enough time and effort to commit to a meaningful project. Teaching experience would be an asset.



No Prior experience is needed to join our teaching abroad volunteer programs, however teaching experience may qualify you for an advanced placement. Let us know if you possess any skills that you could use to assist the children and the school where you will volunteer.


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 an impactful project, so please think carefully on what your goals are during this time.


Here Is A List Of Activities That You Can Choose From:

*Assist students with subject areas such as Mathematics, Science, English, music or other subject areas

*Give students individual attention and assistance
*Create charts and teaching aids for the students
*Arrange fun physical education activities
*Share your culture and past experiences with students
*Raise funds back home to purchase stationary and other learning material to give to students
*Share in the Jamaican culture with the students as you interact with them daily

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



Oftentimes the school where you will be placed to complete your teaching volunteer opportunities abroad may need resources to help them with daily lessons or to complete special projects. You will have an opportunity to conduct fundraising events and collect stationary and other supplies back home before you depart to Jamaica. We will send you a list of their most urgent needs.


This is OPTIONAL, so if you are unable to do this there is no pressure.


We will be happy to provide you with any support documentation that you may need to present to donors, and we have prepared a fundraising guide to help our volunteers raise funds to help offset the cost of the program.


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 are:

Orphanage & Childcare
Volunteer Building & Construction
Sports Volunteering
Human Rights & Legal Aid
Volunteer In Business Development
Women's Empowerment Projects
Social Work/Sponsor A Family



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 the school, where you will be introduced to the staff, given a tour of the property and taken to your class to meet the students. If you arrive early enough you may even get to take part in daily devotions. We will spend some time to ensure that you are settled in comfortably, and that you know what you will be doing for the remainder of the day.


We will also make necessary arrangements so that you know where you can purchase lunch.



We provide company operated transportation to and from your project daily. This cost is 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 a signed and stamped Certificate of Participation, 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 teachers abroad trip 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
*Supplies to assist with your project
*A camera to take pictures
*Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
*A water bottle
*Comfortable shoes
*Formal clothing for wearing to school


Volunteer Placements Only

If you only wish for us to arrange your volunteer orphanage abroad program while you arrange all other aspects of your trip, we can arrange this as well. This is called a Volunteer Placement Only Package. You will be responsible for arranging your own accommodation, daily transfers, airport pickup/return and meals. We will still arrange your volunteer program, process your documents and provide pre-arrival support. Our program advisor will also accompany you to the project on your first day and you will receive your certificate at the end of your program.

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

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, St. Ann, St. Catherine, Hanover (Negril) 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 IMG travel medical insurance here)
*Weekend tour and adventure projects



Our volunteer teaching jobs abroad are available all year round. During summer or the Christmas school break you can visit orphanages, churches or communities to teach the students there.


Project Dates and 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 And Weekends:

On weekends, and some weekday afternoons, you can 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 adventure packages 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, Montego Bay, or St. Ann (Ocho Rios) or Negril. 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

For teaching volunteer abroad groups, you 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 and room deposit to be paid during orientation. This will be refunded upon checkout once the keys are returned and the room is undamaged. If you lose your keys or damage the room 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. This will consist of an authentic Jamaican 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 teaching 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 you 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 other information on this page about this 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 email, 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 Program Fee so that we can begin making your placement and processing your application. You may also pay a deposit or make a payment in full for the balance of your package once you are sure of your date of travel, because availability is on a first come first serve basis.


Submit Documentation:

After paying the program 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 (if you do not have insurance you can purchase it HERE)
• 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 Program 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 Service Agreement to know your responsibilities if you embark on this program.

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