Teachers in Jamaica are commonly in charge of more than 30 students per class, creating a busy environment where not every student can get the attention they need to learn. Volunteers are able to help both students and teachers with everyday education by assisting as a hands-on supporting teacher in elementary schools.
Teaching volunteers assist local teachers in all aspects of lesson time, including both academic and non-academic tuition. You can help to follow a government-issued curriculum and also assist with subjects like home economics and arts and crafts.
Your primary role is to support the head teacher by providing attention to students who need it. They can be individuals, in groups or the whole class, where students range in age from between 5-12 years old.
This project is well suited to creative volunteers with strong initiative and an enthusiasm for teaching. You’ll spend between four to six hours per day at local schools, with guidance from your local teacher for upcoming lessons.
As you will be volunteering with the support of the teaching staff and IVHQ’s local team, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
Please note that during school exams and holidays (early January, April, July - August, and late December), this project closes temporarily. Volunteers will need to choose another project to support if you can only travel in these times. Animal Care, Business and Community Development are available year-round, or volunteers can assist in a local summer camp for children between July and August.Apply now