Join our Early Childhood Development Alternative Spring Break Trip and use your short break to get a deeper insight into professional childcare.
As a volunteer working with children in Jamaica, you will:
- Work at a daycare center or kindergarten
- Get to know more about Early Childhood Development, and how to implement it
- Plan and run activities and games to teach things like motor skills and teamwork
- Learn directly from experienced teachers and caregivers
- Get a deeper understanding of the global challenges children face
While Jamaica is known for its idyllic island atmosphere and beloved reggae music, the country faces numerous social problems. Many children live under difficult circumstances, dealing with issues like illiteracy. Projects Abroad is working to change this through ethical volunteer programs that make a real impact.
Our approach to community-based childcare makes our Early Childhood Development Alternative Spring Break Trip perfect for students majoring in:
- Social Work
- Early Childhood Development
You can join if you’re interested in getting field experience in your major, or just looking for a different way to add volunteer work abroad to your resume!
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 917 810 4744 to see if we can offer a discount.
Alternative Spring Break - Try something different this Spring Break by joining one of our Projects
Jamaica > Early Childhood Development
Fixed dates during spring break
Mandeville (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
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
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
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
Organized weekend tourism trips
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Where will I work in Jamaica
You’ll live and work in Mandeville, a college town, and stay with a local host family.
Here, we work with education-based centers that are publicly run facilities. Several are understaffed, with few resources, so they need additional support from volunteers like you.
At the end of your Alternative Spring Break Trip, our staff will take you to the beach or a beautiful, refreshing waterfall, where you can relax after a week of work. We’ll also organize social and cultural activities for you during the week.
What impact will I make in Jamaica?
Our main goal is to strengthen the educational foundations of children in Jamaica. This will ensure that children are better prepared to cope with the demands of elementary school.
In Jamaica, many communities are severely disadvantaged. This causes many associated social problems, including a lack of quality education for young children. Parents can’t afford to send children to daycare centers and kindergartens. With your support, we hope to break the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy and other problems in education.
To achieve this, we work with a Management Plan created specifically for Jamaica, and our Global Impact Database.
In our Management Plan for Jamaica, we work toward five long-term goals:
- Promote early childhood development
- Improve hygiene levels of the children
- Raise awareness of healthy living, the environment, and family planning
- Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
Increase emotional care and support to each child
Through our Global Impact Database, we monitor the progress of every child that our volunteers work with. You’ll help us add to the database by tracking your own work.
Even though you’ll only be in Jamaica with us for a week, you’ll still be part of achieving these goals. Read our popular blog about how we ensure you make a tangible difference, even in a short period of time.
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.
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