Have an island adventure this summer and team up with other teenagers to volunteer with children in Jamaica. You’ll help local teachers and caregivers run a summer camp for young kids from underprivileged communities. You will also help with renovation and gardening in these communities.
At the summer camp, you’ll work with other teenagers to arrange fun educational activities. These include art, crafts, dance, sports, drama, or debates. These summer camps tend to be understaffed, and you and your fellow volunteers will provide a much-needed helping hand.
Our staff designed this project specially for teenagers, and it’s a great way to get childcare experience while exploring and making new friends. You will be based in the town of Mandeville and live with a local host family.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
High School Specials - Hassle-free, pre-planned trips for 15-18 year olds that help you step out of your comfort zone
Jamaica > Childcare & Community Work
Fixed dates during school break
Mandeville (Read More)
Host family Read More
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Access to our local office with internet connection
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Visa support and advice
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organized weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is volunteering with children in Jamaica for teenagers right for me?
If you’re a teenager looking for a chance to do something different and help others this summer, this project is for you.
It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Jamaican culture and help local children learn through play. You will also gain childcare experience, which will boost your CV. The experience will also give you interesting points to talk about in interviews and applications.
If you have loads of energy, take a playful approach to life, and enjoy the antics of little ones, you’ll have an amazing time working at this project.
We have a set two or four week itinerary. All activities will take place in a group and under supervision of local Projects Abroad staff members. They’ll be there to help and guide you at all times.
What will I do as a volunteer with children at a summer camp in Jamaica?
This project is all about making the summer break a fun and enriching experience for disadvantaged children. We hope this will be the same for you! Here are a few of the activities you may get up to as a volunteer in Jamaica:
- Run arts and crafts activities
- Help children read, write, and do maths
- Present basic hygiene workshops in a fun manner
- Help out with renovation projects in the community
- Expand your horizons and make new friends
Arts, crafts and creativity
A large part of our summer camp programme focuses on encouraging children to be creative and to learn through play. You could help us with any or all of the following workshops:
- Dance and performance
- Arts and crafts
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. You can also perform your own talent alongside the children!
Basic educational activities like reading and writing
While the summer camp is supposed to be fun for the children, it’s also meant to be educational.
You can help children improve their reading, writing, and maths skills through fun activities. These can be songs, games, or outdoor activities.
You can help encourage better personal hygiene by using fun ways to teach children:
- Proper handwashing techniques and why they are important
- How to brush their teeth effectively twice a day
When you aren’t working directly with the children, you will help us improve their surroundings. You’ll do things like painting, creating colourful murals, and planting a vegetable garden.
By painting and creating murals, you will be improving their learning environment. And planting a vegetable garden is a great way to ensure that children regularly get to eat fresh and healthy food.
Expand your horizons and make new friends
By living and working with locals and other teenagers on a daily basis, you will enjoy an immensely enriching cultural experience.
Added to this, your evenings and weekends will be filled with fun group activities, like:
- Reggae dance classes
- Patois (the local language) lessons
- Cooking demonstrations
Over weekends, we’ll arrange activities for you and your fellow volunteers. Our local Projects Abroad staff members will take you on a trip to one of the island's famous sites. This might include the picturesque YS Falls, Treasure Beach, or Portland.
Where interns work
You will be based in Mandeville, a large inland town in the south-east of Jamaica.
Mandeville is surrounded by rolling hills and lush vegetation, making it one of the most naturally beautiful places on the island. It’s also located close to many other parts of the island, making it easy to explore. It’s also home to some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet, who’ll make you feel at home from the start.
The summer camp is run at a school or community centre.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to help local caregivers and teachers keep children meaningfully occupied during their summer holiday.
With the help of our teenage volunteers, we run a programme where children can learn through art, drama, dance, and sports. The summer camps make sure that kids have a safe space to learn and play during the time away from school. This also gives their parents peace of mind. Due to tough economic circumstances, parents and guardians often have to work long hours. During school holidays, they aren’t able to be with their children during the day.
One parent from the Greenvale Community in Mandeville said that it’s great what Projects Abroad are doing for the community. “Many of the children would be on the road, walking around with nothing to do. I am grateful my children took part in the camp, and that I didn’t have to find things for them to do at home,” she said. She added that the lunch provided at the camp for the students helped relieve strain on herself and the other parents.
Join us in Jamaica and work with other teenagers to make a difference in local children’s lives during the summer holiday.
There was no doubt in my mind that my decision to travel to Jamaica was one I would never regret. My time in Jamaica was truly a once in a lifetime experience, best described in the true words of a Jamaican, “One Love”.
Volunteer with Children at a Summer Camp in Jamaica
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