Can I combine different projects in different destinations?
Sure you can! There’s no limit to how many projects you volunteer in, or destinations you choose. Many participants have volunteered across multiple destinations on a given trip! This is the whole idea behind Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions. We’ve got some great expedition itineraries up our sleeve, so be sure to let us know if you need a little inspiration.
Will a local team member be available while I am volunteering in Jamaica?
Yes. We have an incredible team of local experts who are on-site and on-call if ever you need a helping hand. Starting with the driver who picks you up at the airport and drops you off to your daily project. All our team members are here to offer you support and make your stay comfortable and an unforgettable experience .
Can I volunteer with a group of friends, colleagues, or relatives?
Yeah mon, of course! If the project hasn’t reached its maximum capacity, then the more the merrier! Depending on the size of your group, discounts may also be available. Find out more about volunteering in Jamaica as part of a group trip.
How far in advance do I need to apply?
We suggest reserving your spot at least 60 days prior to your desired start date. Many of our projects fill up quickly, and although we do accept applications within 60 days of the start date, we can’t guarantee a placement. And we hate to disappoint!
Do you have a minimum or maximum age for volunteers?
In general, volunteers must be 18 to participate independently on our projects. If travelling with a parent or guardian, the minimum age is 8 years old. There is no maximum age.
We specialize in teen volunteering for those aged 14-18 who wish to travel independently or as part of a school group. However all teens must complete a legal guardian consent form at the time of application.
Do I need any specific skills to volunteer abroad?
No mon! Our volunteer projects cater for all levels of skills and experience. Of course if you have a skill that you would like to use, we would be happy to hear more about it. Feel free to contact us.
Are your programs accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes! Jamaica Volunteer Expeditions is committed to making the international volunteer experience a possibility for everyone. People with disabilities are welcome to access our projects and take part in our programs. Our advisors are happy to take the time to provide comprehensive information about our destinations and find the best project to facilitate your disability. We want you to be able to share your skills, passion and interest for those most in need. We have also built our website to be user friendly for the blind and deaf via third-party software. And some of our local team and Partners have disabilities – we’re proud to maintain an inclusive environment for everyone. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a disability and are interested in volunteering.
Do many volunteers apply and travel independently?
They sure do! Actually most of our volunteers travel solo, or independently, but they are never really alone – they can always access the help of our team members who are available every step of the way. You can rest assured that our volunteer projects in Jamaica are safe and that you will always have an incredible and supportive team of in-country staff to rely on. Many of our volunteers who travel independently are glad they decided to go it alone from start to finish. Why? Simply because they meet other like-minded volunteers and get the chance to make new friends – whether it’s one of our own local staff members or a local from the community. Once you arrive at your destination of choice, you become a part of the family!
Will there be time to travel and explore while I’m volunteering abroad?
Yes, free time is usually available in the afternoons, most evenings, and every weekend. You have the option to take part in our adventure or cultural tours, or stay in town and explore your new community.
What types of volunteer projects are available?
We offer a variety of meaningful and sustainable volunteer projects in Jamaica, matched to the skills and interests for you to volunteer in Jamaica, and ensured to meet the objectives of the local community. Whether you’re teaching, working with children, elderly care, disabled care, healthcare, sports coaching, environment & conservation, community development or animal welfare, all our volunteer projects in Jamaica are aligned with current needs of the community.
What is your approach to safety?
We believe safety isn’t just a slogan – it’s our business. That’s why it’s one of our four guiding principles. We’ve outlined our approach to safety across accommodation, transportation, local knowledge, and more. We call it our safety-8!
Do I need any vaccinations or immunization before arriving in Jamaica?
The vaccinations you require will depend on which vaccinations you have had previously also information released for Jamaica by the Center for Disease Control or the World Health Organisation. Click here for a list of what may or may not apply in your case.
Do I require a visa to travel to Jamaica?
Every situation is different and visa requirements are dependent on your nationality. Click here to find out if you’ll be requiring a visa before traveling to Jamaica to volunteer.