What group volunteer building work will I do in Jamaica?
You’ll work at our Building Project, which runs throughout the year. What you is determined by where you’re needed or how far our building projects have progressed. Your work can include:
- Learn basic building techniques like mixing mortar
- Build a playground to encourage children to learn through play
- Renovate and paint homes during building outreaches
- Build toilets at underprivileged schools for improved hygiene
- Learn more about Jamaica during fun cultural workshops and sightseeing
Depending on what ongoing building project you join, your activities could include the following:
Learn building techniques from your local supervisor
All of your work is supervised by our professional Building Coordinator. Before you start, they’ll teach you everything you need to know. We’ll focus on teaching you to:
- Build and install playground equipment
- Excavate and clear land
- Mix cement
- Lay bricks
- Render walls
- Do easy carpentry
- Repair roofs and ceilings
- Replace doors
Build a playground to encourage children to learn through play
Many public schools in Jamaica don’t have the funds to build their own playgrounds. A new playground gives children a safer place to play and learn, and the work you do here will help put smiles on children’s faces for years to come.
You’ll get involved in various physical activities. If you arrive at the start of construction, you’ll dig and level the area. When we’re further along with work, you’ll set up equipment like beams and give them a fresh coat of paint.
Renovate and paint homes during building outreaches
Projects Abroad organises regular building outreaches. We spend a day building at someone’s home to improve their living conditions. You’ll do things like:
- Repair ceilings
- Fix doors
- General maintenance
Many of the homes we visit are those of the elderly or disabled, or those who’ve been affected by natural disasters.
Build toilets at underprivileged schools for improved hygiene
Many schools and communities don’t have modern toilets, and rely on unhygienic pit toilets. This is a huge health and safety 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. It also prevents the spread of disease and infections.
Learn more about Jamaica during fun cultural workshops and sightseeing
Our staff have plenty exciting activities planned for your group during your week abroad. They’ll accompany you every step of the way, including your social activities. You’ll learn how to dance to the rhythms of reggae during dance classes, and learn local phrases during Patois lessons. You’ll also take a day trip to view the incredible YS Falls.
You’ll spend your evenings with a local host family. This is a great way to enjoy local foods and get a direct insight into Jamaican culture.
Where in Jamaica will I work?
You’ll live and work in Mandeville, a town in the parish of Manchester. Your project work can take place in a variety of surrounding communities in the parishes of Manchester and St Elizabeth. St Elizabeth is about 30-40 minutes’ drive from Mandeville.
Mandeville is the largest town in the Manchester parish. Many communities in and around Mandeville are disadvantaged. There’s 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 help make sure you stay hydrated during the hot days.
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.
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.
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