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Flexi Trips - A flexible project that gives you the support and independence you need as you volunteer
Jamaica > Building
Completely flexible dates
Mandeville (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Travel and medical insurance
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is construction volunteering in Jamaica right for me?
Do you like to solve problems and help people using your own hands? Then our Building Project in Jamaica is the perfect fit for you!
Everything you do is part of our long-term efforts to help with community development in Jamaica. Where there aren’t enough toilets, we build them. When children don’t have a safe space to learn and play, we build a playground.
You don’t need any previous experience to join. All you need is a willingness to do hard physical work. You will work under a building supervisor who will give you tasks and guide you through your work. So if you are independent and eager to get the job done, you’ll do well here.
The project runs throughout the year, so you can join at any time. You’ll need to stay for at least two weeks. We encourage you to stay for longer so you’ll be able to complete more projects.
What do you do on the Building in Jamaica Project?
Get your hands dirty helping disadvantaged communities through building volunteer work in Jamaica. These are some of the main activities you focus on:
- Build toilets at underprivileged schools for improved hygiene
- Build school playgrounds so children can have a safe place to learn through play
- Renovate and paint homes during building outreaches
- Learn some basics to building like mixing mortar and digging foundations
These are some of the main activities you can take part in as a volunteer doing building work in Jamaica:
Build toilets at underprivileged schools for improved hygiene
Many schools and communities do not have accessible and clean modern toilets. This is a huge health risk. We’ll give you the spade, and you’ll help us build toilets. This will help improve the overall health of the children attending the school and prevent the spread of disease and infections.
Build school playgrounds so children have a safe place to learn and play
A major focus of this construction volunteer project is to create safe spaces for school children to play. You’ll learn how to cut lumber and build different types of basic playground equipment. This will go a long way in helping the children learn through play and develop their motor skills.
Renovate and paint homes during building outreaches
Projects Abroad also organises regular building outreaches. We spend a day building at someone’s home to improve their living conditions. You’ll do things like paint, repair ceilings, fix doors, and help with any general maintenance. Many of the homes we visit are those of the elderly or disabled, or those who’ve been affected by natural disasters.
Learn some basics to building
You will learn basic building techniques from our qualified supervisor. You’ll do things like mix mortar, dig foundations, and lay bricks. They’ll supervise your work on site to ensure safety.
Where you 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.
Typical Day on the Building Project in Jamaica
You will work from Monday to Friday at your building placement. You’ll begin at 8:30am and, depending on your progress and how far the project is developing, you will work until around 3:00pm.
Most of your work will be outdoors, so you’ll be out in the tropical air and warm sun during your work hours. Don’t forget your hat and sun lotion!
While you work, or during your breaks, you can interact with people from the community. You can listen to their stories and share some of your own. Your building supervisor will also be able to share his/her knowledge of the surrounding communities with you.
When your work is done for the day, you can explore the town. At the end of your day, you’ll return to your host family for a delicious home-cooked meal, and talk about all the day’s activities.
Aims and Impact of the Building Project 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 lead 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.
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.
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