Care & Community in Jamaica for Teens
- Placement location: Mandeville
- Types of placements: Summer Camp
- Accommodation: Host Families
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
- Arrival Airport: Kingston (KIN) or Montego Bay (MBJ)
- Local Languages: Patois & English
Volunteers on this project will dedicate their time to helping disadvantaged children by running a summer camp program. The aim of this project is to foster social development and cultural exchange through art, drama, dance, and sports. During your stay you will live with a local host family.
Volunteers will be involved in scheduled activities with the children including arts and crafts activities, debates, quizzes, photography, sign language, and performing arts like dance and drama. Volunteers also arrange both indoor and outdoor games including soccer, hide and seek, and treasure hunts.
During the camp, you will help to teach health and hygiene practices to the children. If you are musical, you may also teach the children how to play an instrument such as the piano, violin, guitar, or drums.
Where possible, volunteers will help paint fences and walls to create colorful murals in the grounds of the placement. Volunteers will also help plant vegetables and fruits in the home’s garden. At the end of the two weeks there will be a mini-concert and an arts and crafts exhibition where the children will get to showcase their talents and their art pieces. Volunteers can also choose to perform their own talent alongside the children.
On the weekend you will go on a trip to one of the island’s famous beaches or caves. This will be coupled with a rich immersion into the music, dance, food, and other cultural aspects for which Jamaica is known.
For high school students who want to volunteer abroad over their spring break, this project is available as a shorter 1-week program on select dates in March. The spring program follows an abbreviated itinerary focusing on service work, with time still reserved for sightseeing and cultural events.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Jamaica Care Management Plan.
I think the most valuable thing we did while volunteering was give the children some one on one attention which was difficult to provide in the orphanage. We left the placement at 3:00pm every day once we had managed to disentangle ourselves from the younger children. Read more...