Care in Jamaica Alternative Spring Break Trip
- Placement location: Mandeville or Montego Bay
- Types of placements: Care Centre
- Role: Assisting local staff by playing with children and helping with basic education, homework, preparing for meals, and general maintenance at the placement.
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host Family
- Arrival Airport: Kingston (KIN) or Montego Bay (MBJ)
- Local Languages: Patois & English
Jamaica is known for its relaxing island atmosphere and beloved reggae music, but the country also faces difficult social problems, including many disadvantaged children due to factors like AIDS and teen pregnancy. Volunteers on the Care in Jamaica Alternative Spring Break Trip work at care centres supporting the children and local staff and helping make the centre a positive atmosphere.
Volunteers are involved with the various daily activities of the centres, including helping with education and homework, preparing for meals, making sure all the children have suitable clothing and access to bathroom facilities, and playing and socializing with the children. Additionally, the many hands of a group can make a difference by helping with the regular upkeep of the centre and cleaning and beautification projects.
The Care in Jamaica group lives with host families in Mandeville in the hills of Manchester Parish or the busy coastal town of Montego Bay. At the end of the week you will be rewarded for your hard work with a trip to the beach or a refreshing waterfall.
Care projects are great for Social Work, Child Development, Education, or Psychology majors looking for some field experience, or any student who wants to add some service work to a resume in a fun and different way.
If you have time you can do this project for a second week at the regular 2-week trip price.