Population: 2.7 Million
Size: 10, 911 square kilometers (4,244 miles)
Official Language: English
Other Language: Patois
Currency: Jamaican Dollars
Weather: Warm tropical climate
Food: A mix of flavours, seasonings and spices (from mild to spicy) used in meal preparations and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
Main Industry: Manufacturing, agriculture and tourism
Motto: "Out of many one people"
Location: Mandeville, Montego Bay and St. Ann's Bay
Programmes Available: Child Care and Protection, Elderly Care, Teaching, Medicine and Health Care, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Sports, Humanitarian, Environmental Awareness and Protection, Entrepreneurship, Youth and Community Development and Health and Wellness
Projects Available: Reggae Music and Dance, Rastafarian Culture, Internship and Dissertation, Professional, Summer, Spring Break, Group Trips, Corporate, Language Lessons and Customized
Programme Duration: From 1 week, see Programme and Project Information for specific details
Price: From $1,500USD per person, please see Programme and Project Price for more details
Accommodation: Host Families
What the Experience Offers: Needs-based programmes and projects, an opportunity to make a difference, ongoing support and wholesome fun.
Jamaica is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean with 2.7 million people. Jamaica has 14 parishes, each with its own uniqueness and style. The capital is Kingston with a strong business sector and a vibrant night-life. The second city Montego Bay, located in the parish of St. James offers amenities, shopping and activities targeted more towards tourists, with lovely beaches, historical sites and a thriving mix of exploration options.
Portland, in the east offers, a more laid back, down to earth, rustic flair with great Jamaican hospitality. In the south, St. Elizabeth is known as the bread basket parish as it produces most of the food for the island. In the west, Negril is known for its white sand beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Volunteering in Jamaica will allow you to experience the true spirit of the people. When volunteers come to Jamaica to give of their service they will learn about the unique culture and energy that defines Jamaica.
The country offers a rich blend of authentic music, defined by the melodies of Reggae legend Bob Marley; sports, birthing and developing the fastest man and woman in the world – Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; mouthwatering cuisine; a colourful and appealing language; captivating history, mountains, beautiful sites and scenes, great beaches and importantly the warmth and friendliness of the people.