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. Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1494 and claimed it for Spain. At the time, the island was inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taíno. Over time, the Spaniards and then the British transplanted a large number 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 as cheaper labour was still needed. They were, known as ‘contract workers.’ Many of these were English, Jews, Chinese, Indians, Lebanese, Germans, and French Creoles. They settled in different parts of the island and introduced their customs, religion and foods.
As you explore the island, look out for the various mix of races that have influenced this land and understand its motto.
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 accomodation in Jamaica is nestled on top of 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, there will be towering fruit trees, cool breeze and panoramic mountains. The peaceful surroundings and tranquil atmosphere provides the perfect setting for meditation, exercise and a chance to commune with nature.
Join our intern and volunteer programs in Jamaica and work on education, health and special needs-focused programs while recharging on the weekends enjoying Jamaican beaches.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us via email if you have any questions or use the chat window in the bottom right.