At a glance
Join our Early Childhood Development Alternative Spring Break Trip and use your short break to get a deeper insight into professional childcare.
As a volunteer working with children in Jamaica, you will:
- Work at a daycare center or kindergarten
- Get to know more about Early Childhood Development, and how to implement it
- Plan and run activities and games to teach things like motor skills and teamwork
- Learn directly from experienced teachers and caregivers
- Get a deeper understanding of the global challenges children face
While Jamaica is known for its idyllic island atmosphere and beloved reggae music, the country faces numerous social problems. Many children live under difficult circumstances, dealing with issues like illiteracy. Projects Abroad is working to change this through ethical volunteer programs that make a real impact.
Our approach to community-based childcare makes our Early Childhood Development Alternative Spring Break Trip perfect for students majoring in:
- Social Work
- Early Childhood Development
You can join if you’re interested in getting field experience in your major, or just looking for a different way to add volunteer work abroad to your resume!
Fixed dates during spring breakSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
Where will I work in Jamaica
You’ll live and work in Mandeville, a college town, and stay with a local host family.
Here, we work with education-based centers that are publicly run facilities. Several are understaffed, with few resources, so they need additional support from volunteers like you.
At the end of your Alternative Spring Break Trip, our staff will take you to the beach or a beautiful, refreshing waterfall, where you can relax after a week of work. We’ll also organize social and cultural activities for you during the week.
What impact will I make in Jamaica?
Our main goal is to strengthen the educational foundations of children in Jamaica. This will ensure that children are better prepared to cope with the demands of elementary school.
In Jamaica, many communities are severely disadvantaged. This causes many associated social problems, including a lack of quality education for young children. Parents can’t afford to send children to daycare centers and kindergartens. With your support, we hope to break the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy and other problems in education.
To achieve this, we work with a Management Plan created specifically for Jamaica, and our Global Impact Database.
In our Management Plan for Jamaica, we work toward five long-term goals:
- Promote early childhood development
- Improve hygiene levels of the children
- Raise awareness of healthy living, the environment, and family planning
- Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
- Increase emotional care and support to each child
Through our Global Impact Database, we monitor the progress of every child that our volunteers work with. You’ll help us add to the database by tracking your own work.
Even though you’ll only be in Jamaica with us for a week, you’ll still be part of achieving these goals. Read our popular blog about how we ensure you make a tangible difference, even in a short period of time.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food And Accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in Mandeville. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Jamaica and have a truly unique experience.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Safety And Staff Support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team
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