A Projects Abroad volunteer helping to build a school at her Spring Break Building Project

Building in Jamaica for Spring Break

Support local communities and make a positive impact with our Spring Break Building Trip in Jamaica

At a glance

Do volunteer building work in Jamaica this Spring Break to improve living conditions in disadvantaged communities. You’ll construct sanitation facilities, build playgrounds at schools, and renovate the homes of those in need. 

Get your hands dirty helping disadvantaged communities through building volunteer work in Jamaica. These are some of the main activities you focus on:

  • Building toilets at underprivileged schools for improved hygiene
  • Building school playgrounds so children can have a safe place to learn through play
  • Renovating and painting homes during building outreaches
  • Learning some basics to building like mixing mortar and digging foundations
  • Beyond Jamaica’s idyllic white beaches are communities without proper sanitation and other basic infrastructure. Many schools also don’t have the funds to build playgrounds.

You’ll work with us to provide people with the infrastructure they need. You’ll spend your days outdoors, doing practical work that produces visible results. You’ll learn the basics of building under the guidance of the Projects Abroad building supervisor.

You may also get the chance to be involved in a quarterly outreach scheme to help renovate houses for needy individuals. These are people who may have been affected by fire, floods, or a hurricane, or may be living in unacceptable conditions.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during spring break

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

One Week


Anyone aged 18 or over can join

Where will I work in Jamaica?


You’ll live in Mandeville and work in and around the city. Mandeville is the largest town in the Manchester parish. Many communities are disadvantaged, and there is a lot of need for better infrastructure, like modern toilets and safe playgrounds.

You need to be prepared to spend a lot of time outside in warm, tropical conditions. We’ll make sure you stay hydrated during the hot days.

Jamaica’s lush, mountainous interior is filled with attractions that will make any adventurer’s heart beat faster. Waterfalls and hiking trails are especially popular. Mandeville is also located around a 2.5 hour drive from Montego Bay, a town popular with tourists.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Jamaica Arrival Procedures page.

What impact will I make in Jamaica?

The aim of this project is to provide disadvantaged communities with the infrastructure they need to improve quality of life.

In Jamaica, a lack of water and sanitation facilities in homes has led to a higher rate of health issues. These include skin infections, viral infections, and water-borne diseases. One of our focuses at the project is to provide communities with clean, safe toilets and better methods for collecting and disposing of dirty water.

This will help reduce the associated health problems. Having access to toilets also gives dignity back to the community.

We also build playgrounds. Many schools don’t have the funds to build their own, so we’ve stepped in to help. By giving children a safe space to play in, we’re supporting early childhood development.

Lastly, we need your help to renovate the homes of people living in poor conditions. People living with disabilities or little income can’t afford to make improvements to their homes. We’re working to change this by renovating homes. We also renovate houses that have been damaged by natural disasters.

The key goals of this project include:

  • To upgrade learning environments at schools by building playgrounds
  • To install water harvesting and indoor plumbing solutions at homes
  • To construct bathroom facilities at schools and homes without indoor sanitary facilities
  • To reduce the number of families living without bathroom facilities or access to domestic water
  • To train beneficiaries on how to maintain the systems received
  • To improve the health and social status of the most vulnerable

Join us to help build better infrastructure in Jamaica for communities in need.

Management plans

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

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.

Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Mandeville. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Jamaica and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 917 810 4744 to see if we can offer a discount.

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