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Well known for its awe-inspiring mountains and beautiful beaches, it is the kind and friendly people that makes the island a home away from home. Jamaicans are said to be some of the friendliest people in the world.

Volunteer in Jamaica

Jamaica is located in the Caribbean Sea and known as the third largest island of the Greater Antilles and the Caribbean.

Jamaica’s motto “Out of Many One People” summarizes the melting pot of cultures on the island. Discovered in 1494 by Christopher Columbus, and claimed by Spain, the island was originally inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taíno people. Over time, the Spaniards and then the British imported large numbers of African slaves as labourers in the sugar plantations. By the late 16th century, Jamaica was established as a top sugar producer.

Once slavery was formally abolished, the plantation owners found indentured workers for cheap labour. They were known as ‘contract workers.’ Many of these people were English, Jewish, Chinese, Indian, Lebanese, German, or French Creole. They settled in different parts of the island and introduced their customs, religion and foods.

When looking around the island, it really is evident the plethora of cultures and peoples that have grown the country into what it is now, from Jamaica’s famous food and music, to it’s beautiful architecture and street art.

The projects we work with are located in and around the capital of Kingston. Jamaica has suffered high debt and low growth over the past 30 years, and poverty is still significant.Youth unemployment, education and social cohesion are at the roots of the issues Jamaica is encountering.

Life outside of the project

Your accommodation in Jamaica is nestled atop the picturesque hill of Smokeyvale, with breathtaking sceneries of the Blue Mountains to the east, and a spectacular view of Kingston to the south. Everywhere you turn are towering fruit trees, cool breezes and panoramic mountains. The peaceful surroundings and tranquil atmosphere provide the perfect setting for meditation, exercise, and a chance to connect with nature.

Join our volunteer program in Jamaica and work on education and community initiatives whilst recharging on the weekends in Jamaican paradise.


Here are some important facts about Jamaica:

  • Population – 2,812,090 (July 2018 estimate)
  • Language – English, English patois
  • Religion – Protestant 64.8%, Roman Catholic 2.2.%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.9%, Rastafarian 1.1%, Other 6.5%, none 21.3%/
  • Currency – Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
  • Climate – tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior


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Easy 4-step application process


Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.


Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.


When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.