What will I do at my volunteer Teaching placement in Jamaica?
You'll work in a primary or secondary school. You can also volunteer in our community literacy programme for adults. You'll get involved in work such as:
- Work with children, teenagers or adults during classes to improve literacy
- Work with teachers to prepare lessons with clear goals
- Assist teachers with extracurricular activities such as music, sport, French, German, and art
- Teach in a special needs school or teach sign language at a centre for deaf children
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Work with children, teenagers, or adults during classes to improve literacy
You will work with smaller groups of students to improve their reading, writing, and comprehension. You’ll do this through creating fun and individualised lessons.
You’ll also have the chance to work with teenagers and adults on our community literacy programme. Illiteracy is a huge problem in Jamaica, and many teenagers and adults can’t read or write. You’ll focus on activities and games to teach reading and writing.
Work with teachers to prepare lessons with clear goals
Your teaching will be most effective with a well planned lesson in place. Make sure there are clear goals and outcomes to each lesson plan. You can sit with your supervising teacher, and plan lessons for different grades and educational levels. Most of your lessons should be planned around improving literacy.
You’ll have support from Projects Abroad staff, example lesson plans, and attend workshops, to help you plan your lessons more effectively.
Assist teachers with extracurricular activities such as music, sport, French, German and art
You can use your skills outside of the classroom by assisting with extracurricular activities. If you can sing, play an instrument, enjoy sports, or have an artistic flair, you can use your skills to teach. You will help with extracurricular activities and give students a chance to explore their talents and interests.
Teach in a special needs school or teach sign language at a center for deaf children
If you have sign language skills, put them to good use in a centre for deaf children. As a volunteer teaching English in Jamaica, you will support the teachers and focus on teaching conversational English. You’ll also teach mathematics. If you have an interest in crafts, sports, and agriculture, you can help plan and create educational lessons with the teachers. Your lessons should motivate students and help build their confidence levels.
Where will I be working in Jamaica?
All of our volunteer teaching placements in Jamaica are in the university town of Mandeville. You’ll live and work in an area known for its friendly people, beautiful surroundings, and warm weather.
Depending on your interests, you will work in a public primary or secondary school, or be based in the community literacy programme. At the schools, students come from varied backgrounds, but a large number are from disadvantaged homes.
There is a high illiteracy rate in rural Jamaica. Classes are oversized and there are no teacher assistants. There is also a gap between the quality of education in underprivileged communities, and slower learning or disadvantaged children are often left behind. Working here will give you direct insight into the challenges people face with education in developing countries.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
When you think of the tropical Caribbean, Jamaica is one of the first countries that comes to mind. With its white-sand beaches and vibrant culture, this island nation has a lot to offer. It’s an amazing location to volunteer in, and explore during your free time.
The local cuisine is definitely worth trying, with tasty dishes like Jamaican patties and jerk chicken. You can enjoy these at seaside restaurants and then head down to the sea for a cooling swim in the ocean.
With a rich culture and friendly locals, exploring markets and museums is a must-do. Visiting the famous Bob Marley Museum in Kingston makes for an enlightening weekend trip. While you’re there, you can also tour Fort Charles and the National Heroes Park.
There will be other volunteers working on different projects in Jamaica while you’re there. This means you can choose to explore independently or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
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.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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