Projects Abroad in Jamaica: Arrival Procedure
A designated Projects Abroad driver meets volunteers at either Kingston International Airport or Montego Bay International Airport. Kingston is an hour and forty five minutes from our base in Mandeville and Montego Bay is two and a half hours away.
The designated driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area holding an A4-sized laminated 'Projects Abroad' sign. The Country Director or Assistant Country Director will call the driver and speak with you upon arrival. You will then travel to your host family in Mandeville where you will be introduced and will spend some time settling in. You will receive your induction folder from the person who comes to pick you up at the airport.
Volunteering in Jamaica: Orientation and Induction
Your induction will be the following day if you arrive during the week, or on the Monday if you arrive at the weekend. During your orientation you will be shown - among other important sites and landmarks - internet cafés, the post office, where to change your money, and how to get to each place from your host family. You will then be taken to the office where a member staff will go through your induction package and the Jamaica Handbook with you and you will be given a chance to ask questions. The Projects Abroad office is based just north of the centre of Mandeville. It is very accessible and is easy to find.
You will then be taken to your placement where you will meet the placement supervisor and staff with whom you are going to work. After this you will go for lunch with a Projects Abroad staff member to enjoy some sumptuous Jamaican food. After lunch you will receive a more detailed orientation about your placement.
Some volunteers can walk to work, but most travel to work by shared taxi. If you need to take a taxi Projects Abroad Jamaica pays half of your taxi fare to get you to your placement, this costs on average less than $2-3USD per day.
All volunteers stay with local host families. Our host families are based in and around Mandeville, Montego Bay, Black River and Accompong. Some host families take more than one volunteer at a time but others only host one. You are normally placed with a host family based on where you will be working and the preferences of both you and the family. Volunteers will certainly get an authentic Jamaican home-stay experience. Host families can speak English and Patois (local creole). Vegetarians can be easily catered for.
At the end of your placement we will arrange your journey back to Kingston or Montego Bay airports by a designated Projects Abroad driver.