Covid-19: Find out where you can travel with no quarantine and free changes
116,016 volunteers since 2007
Volunteer in Jamaica

Volunteer in Jamaica

Immerse yourself in Caribbean culture on International Volunteer HQ’s Jamaica volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Jamaica volunteer projects, including Teaching, Kindergarten, Sports Development, Animal Care and Marine Conservation. Volunteer work in Jamaica is based in and around the parish of St Mary in the northeast of the island. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 116,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Jamaica.

Highlights:
  • 9 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from CA$512 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house or local homestay

  • Unique add-ons available, including Blue Hole, cave, lagoon and city tours, as well as cooking and dance classes

Apply Now

Key information

Fully hosted experience from CA$512
Volunteer from 1 - 8 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Based by the port town of Ocho Rios
Explore Jamaica's hidden gems
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization

Volunteer opportunities in Jamaica

Protects animals

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$512

  • Duration: 1 - 8 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at a dog shelter in St Mary
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help a local dog shelter to care for up to 200 dogs, giving them the best chance of being re-homed. Assist with playing, cleaning, feeding and shelter upkeep in a busy but rewarding environment for animal lovers.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$512

  • Duration: 1 - 8 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based with start-ups, charities and NGOs
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Use your business experience to help local start up enterprises to get up and running, or go to the next level.

Provide a safe space for youth

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$512

  • Duration: 1 - 8 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in schools in St Mary
  • Volunteers aged 18+

For those with a passion for promoting wellness among young people, volunteers help to work through mental health and emotional understanding, running workshops to equip students with the tools to deal with the challenges of growing up.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$512

  • Duration: 1 - 8 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in kindergartens in St Mary
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Assist in busy kindergartens with all aspects of daily tasks. Help teachers to provide more focused attention to children during lesson and play time, with a flexible approach to helping wherever it’s required.

Conserves the environment

4-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$512

  • Duration: 1 - 8 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at Ochos Rios
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Use your scuba diving skills (or learn before your projects starts) to conserve and improve coral reefs around Jamaica, assist on clean up programs around beaches and help educate communities ways to help preserve the local environment.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$512

  • Duration: 1 - 8 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at schools in St Mary
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Assist in special education classes in schools, helping local teachers to provide attention and stimulation to students with a range of learning challenges.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$512

  • Duration: 1 - 8 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at schools in St Mary
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Volunteer in local schools, helping to teach or practice new sports with students aged between 5-12. Assist local teachers or take charge, and even introduce your own favorite sports from home.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$512

  • Duration: 1 - 8 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at schools in St Mary
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Assist local elementary school teachers in busy classrooms of up to 30 students. Help to give students learning support and be on hand for assistance wherever it’s needed.

Protects animals

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$512

  • Duration: 1 - 8 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at veterinary clinics in St Mary
  • Volunteers aged 18+

IVHQ’s only specialized veterinary project, where you’ll be partnered with a local vet to help to treat animals in a hands-on way.

Check what's required to visit Jamaica

Fill out the quick form below to find out what the Covid-19 restrictions and visa requirements are for Jamaica, based on your country of residence.

Other volunteer destinations in Caribbean

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!