Humanitarian Programme


  • Location: Jamaica
  • Types of Partners: Poor and vulnerable communities
  • Population Served: Children and adults
  • Age Group Served: All
  • Number of People Cared For: Varies for each individual or community
  • Minimum Stay: From 1 week
  • Sustainable Development Goal: No poverty
  • Programme Requirements: No specific requirement from partners, you are welcome if you have a passion for helping others and want to contribute to changing the lives of persons in desperate situations. Volunteers with studies or experience in building, engineering, construction, architecture, renovations, painting, carpentry, plumbing or any related area are suitable.
  • Work Schedule: 5 hours per day, Monday – Friday
  • Activities: Weekly workshops and cultural events
  • Accommodation Type: Host Family
  • Price: From $1,100USD per person, convert to your currency. Please see Programme and Project Price for Jamaica
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner (adapted to dietary requirements as necessary)
  • What is Included: 24-hour support, accommodation, programme, two meals, transportation to and from the airport, taxi cost from host family to partner agency, please see What is Included for a full list
  • What is Not Included: Airfare, daily lunch, internet, laundry, travel and health insurance, please see What is Not Included for a full list
  • Start Dates: Flexible
  • Age of Volunteer: Must be 16+

There are many poor and vulnerable persons in the Caribbean who are in need of a basic necessity – a home. A place where they can rest at nights and be free from the dangers that they encounter on the streets or in the deplorable structures they now live. These persons are displaced by natural disasters, unable to take care of themselves, have experienced hardships through loss of property or job, terminal illness, have no family or have met hard times and are in need of support. Everyone is entitled to a safe, clean and secure place to call home no matter their socio-economic condition. It is a basic right. Many schools in the Caribbean are also in urgent need of repairs and the funding is not available. These situations are often inhumane, unsafe and unsanitary.

Working on the humanitarian programme volunteers will help to renovate or build homes for persons in need and also carry out repairs to schools (bathrooms, kitchens, desks, chairs), orphanages and other places in need. You will work along with a local expert builder and help in digging foundations, mixing cement, laying blocks, carrying sand and marl, fixing cupboards, desks and chairs, and repairing bathrooms.