Do volunteer building work in Jamaica to improve living conditions in disadvantaged communities. You’ll construct sanitation facilities, build playgrounds at schools, and renovate the homes of those in need. This project is a great way to get outdoors and give back using your own hands.
Beyond Jamaica’s idyllic white beaches are communities without proper sanitation and other basic infrastructure. Many schools also don’t have the funds to build playgrounds. You’ll work with us to provide people with the infrastructure they need. You’ll spend your days outdoors, doing practical work that produces visible results. You’ll learn the basics of building under the guidance of the Projects Abroad building supervisor.
You live and work in Mandeville, and stay with a local host family. You’re bound to have an exciting and unforgettable time as you experience everything Jamaica has to offer.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01903 708300 for more info.
When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Travel and medical insurance
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
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included
Visa costs (where applicable)
What do you do on the Building in Jamaica Project?
Get your hands dirty helping disadvantaged communities through building volunteer work in Jamaica. These are some of the main activities you focus on:
- Build toilets at underprivileged schools for improved hygiene
- Build school playgrounds so children can have a safe place to learn through play
- Renovate and paint homes during building outreaches
- Learn some basics to building like mixing mortar and digging foundations
These are some of the main activities you can take part in as a volunteer doing building work in Jamaica:
Build toilets at underprivileged schools for improved hygiene
Many schools and communities do not have accessible and clean modern toilets. This is a huge health risk. We’ll give you the spade, and you’ll help us build toilets. This will help improve the overall health of the children attending the school and prevent the spread of disease and infections.
Build school playgrounds so children have a safe place to learn and play
A major focus of this construction volunteer project is to create safe spaces for school children to play. You’ll learn how to cut lumber and build different types of basic playground equipment. This will go a long way in helping the children learn through play and develop their motor skills.
Renovate and paint homes during building outreaches
Projects Abroad also organises regular building outreaches. We spend a day building at someone’s home to improve their living conditions. You’ll do things like paint, repair ceilings, fix doors, and help with any general maintenance. Many of the homes we visit are those of the elderly or disabled, or those who’ve been affected by natural disasters.
Learn some basics to building
You will learn basic building techniques from our qualified supervisor. You’ll do things like mix mortar, dig foundations, and lay bricks. They’ll supervise your work on site to ensure safety.
Where you work in Jamaica
You’ll live in Mandeville and work in and around the city. Mandeville is the largest town in the Manchester parish. Many communities are disadvantaged, and there is a lot of need for better infrastructure, like modern toilets and safe playgrounds.
You need to be prepared to spend a lot of time outside in warm, tropical conditions. We’ll make sure you stay hydrated during the hot days.
Jamaica’s lush, mountainous interior is filled with attractions that will make any adventurer’s heart beat faster. Waterfalls and hiking trails are especially popular. Mandeville is also located around a 2.5 hour drive from Montego Bay, a town popular with tourists.
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.
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