At a glance
- Help local teachers and caregivers run a summer camp for young kids from underprivileged communities.
- You will also help to improve their surroundings with renovation work and gardening.
- Work with other teenagers to arrange fun educational activities including art, dance, sports, and much more.
Fixed dates during school holidaysSee Dates
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What will I do as a volunteer with children at a summer camp in Jamaica?
This project is all about making the summer break a fun and enriching experience for disadvantaged children. We hope this will be the same for you! Here are a few of the activities you may get up to as a volunteer in Jamaica:
- Run arts and crafts activities
- Help children read, write, and do maths
- Present basic hygiene workshops in a fun manner
- Help out with renovation projects in the community
- Expand your horizons and make new friends
Arts, crafts and creativity
A large part of our summer camp programme focuses on encouraging children to be creative and to learn through play. You could help us with any or all of the following workshops:
- Dance and performance
- Arts and crafts
At the end of the two weeks there will be a mini concert and an arts and crafts exhibition where the children will get to showcase their talents and their art pieces. You can also perform your own talent alongside the children!
Basic educational activities like reading and writing
While the summer camp is supposed to be fun for the children, it’s also meant to be educational.
You can help children improve their reading, writing, and maths skills through fun activities. These can be songs, games, or outdoor activities.
You can help encourage better personal hygiene by using fun ways to teach children:
- Proper handwashing techniques and why they are important
- How to brush their teeth effectively twice a day
When you aren’t working directly with the children, you will help us improve their surroundings. You’ll do things like painting, creating colourful murals, and planting a vegetable garden.
By painting and creating murals, you will be improving their learning environment. And planting a vegetable garden is a great way to ensure that children regularly get to eat fresh and healthy food.
Expand your horizons and make new friends
By living and working with locals and other teenagers on a daily basis, you will enjoy an immensely enriching cultural experience.
Added to this, your evenings and weekends will be filled with fun group activities, like:
- Reggae dance classes
- Patois (the local language) lessons
- Cooking demonstrations
Over weekends, we’ll arrange activities for you and your fellow volunteers. Our local Projects Abroad staff members will take you on a trip to one of the island's famous sites. This might include the picturesque YS Falls, Treasure Beach, or Portland.
Where in Jamaica will I be working?
You will be based in Mandeville, a large inland town in the south-east of Jamaica.
Mandeville is surrounded by rolling hills and lush vegetation, making it one of the most naturally beautiful places on the island. It’s also located close to many other parts of the island, making it easy to explore. It’s also home to some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet, who’ll make you feel at home from the start.
The summer camp is run at a school or community centre.
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
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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