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Volunteer in Jamaica with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Jamaica

Volunteer in Jamaica with International Volunteer HQ. Join a number of Jamaican volunteer programs including Teaching and School Support, Kindergarten, Sports Development, Animal & Vertinary Care, Business and Community Development, Marine Conservation, Special Education and Child and Youth Development. Our Jamaica Volunteers are based throughout a variety of communities, volunteering in and around the parish of St Mary in the northeast of Jamaica. IVHQ offers safe, responsible and affordable volunteer opportunities in Jamaica and we are proud to have hosted over 115,000 travellers on our volunteer projects so far. Read more about our volunteer projects in Jamaica below.

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Volunteering in Jamaica: At a glance

  • Volunteer work in Jamaica available year-round
  • Projects based nearby the popular port town of Ocho Rios
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house or local homestay
  • Affordable program fees from only US$395 (approximately CA$522) for 1 week
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Unique travel & tour add-ons available for IVHQ volunteers in Jamaica

Volunteer opportunities in Jamaica

Protects animals

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$522

  • 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$522

  • 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$522

  • 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$522

  • 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$522

  • 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$522

  • 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$522

  • 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$522

  • 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$522

  • 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.

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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Jamaica to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Jamaica will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Jamaica with your new-found friends.

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!