Do childcare volunteer work in Jamaica with a group and support local teachers and caregivers at a daycare centre. You’ll focus on early childhood development. It’s a great way to gain childcare and teaching experience in an environment that’s less formal but still has structure.
You’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to support early childhood development. You’ll do this by teaching children the skills they need to thrive once they start the first grade. You’ll also improve literacy and numeracy, and make sure the kids know the alphabet and how to count.
You’ll live and work in the university town of Mandeville with a group your age. Our staff have organised an exciting and busy schedule for you that includes a day trip.
Please note this calculator is for pricing information only. You will need to choose your final dates and duration on our application form.
When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01273 007 230 to see if we can offer a discount.
Team Trips - Become part of a set team and tackle a new challenge together
Jamaica > Childcare & Community Work
Fixed dates throughout the year
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
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
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
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
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
Organised weekend tourism trips
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
During your time abroad, you’ll help give local teachers and caregivers the extra support they need. Your main tasks will include:
- Help local staff provide strong educational foundations for underprivileged children
- Raise hygiene awareness among the children at a care facility
- Help with the general upkeep of your childcare placement
Volunteer work with children in Jamaica with a group focuses on the following areas:
Help local staff provide strong educational foundations for underprivileged children
You’ll work at a daycare centre for children from disadvantaged communities. Your focus will be on early childhood development and literacy. This could involve doing activities like:
- Play a game to teach the alphabet
- Teaching a song that helps kids learn to count
- Do arts and crafts or play a ball game to help with hand-eye coordination
- Build puzzles
- Go outdoors to play sports
We encourage you to do activities that will help children learn the skills they need to meet developmental milestones for their age.
Raise hygiene awareness among the children at a care facility
Improving hygiene practices is one of our main focuses in Jamaica. When you volunteer with children, you can encourage them to practice good hygiene everyday. Make sure they brush their teeth properly, and wash their hands before meals and after using the bathroom.
Help with the general upkeep of your childcare placement
Depending on where you’re placed, you could help with the regular upkeep of your placement. Some of the centres we work with are in need of a fresh coat of paint or educational resources.
You can add visual elements to the daycare centre, like painting a wall mural or designing some educational posters. Some placements might just need a touch of colour to brighten the environment. By making the facility more visually stimulating for the children, you can leave a lasting impact at the placement.
Where in Jamaica will I work?
You’ll live and work in Mandeville, the largest town in the Manchester parish. Mandeville is a university town, and there are many communities who lack access to education, healthcare, and proper sanitation.
You’ll be placed at a childcare centre. You’ll help support local staff, as the student to teacher ratio is high. The children come from different backgrounds, and some have significantly challenging circumstances.
Jamaica is known for its vibrant but relaxed culture, where the beats of reggae are the soundtrack to daily life. Bask in the sunshine and explore some amazing sites with your group and our staff.
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.
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