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Building in Jamaica for Teens

Project Info
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  • Placement location: Mandeville and surrounding areas
  • Types of placements: Building work
  • Accommodation: Host Families
  • Age Requirements: 15-18 years old
  • Arrival Airport: Kingston (KIN) or Montego Bay (MBJ)
  • Local Languages: English & Patois

In Jamaica, you can make a meaningful contribution to local communities as a volunteer on the Building High School Special. This project is based in Mandeville and surrounding areas, and involves a group of volunteers working together on a several different building and renovation activities. You will have a building supervisor to oversee all your building work.

One of the major focuses of this project is assist with school repairs and building playgrounds to provide vulnerable children with a safe learning and playing environment. You can also participate in the renovation of houses for the elderly and the disadvantaged, whose homes are often in a deplorable condition, making daily life much more difficult and uncomfortable.

The specific tasks you have during your project will depend on the progress of our building sites. You may be involved with the following activities:

Teens take part in community building in a village in Jamaica

  • Building and installation of play equipment
  • Excavation and land clearance
  • Cement mixing
  • Bricklaying
  • Wall rendering
  • Carpentry
  • Roof and ceiling repairs
  • Door replacements
  • Painting
  • Minor renovation work

You will take part in at least one building outreach activity. This will involve helping to improve living conditions in underprivileged communities by making minor repairs and giving buildings a fresh coat of paint.

During your time abroad in Jamaica, you will live with a local host family and experience Jamaican hospitality and culture firsthand. You might even be able to pick up some of the local language, Patois!

Over the weekend, you will go on a trip with the other volunteers and Projects Abroad staff to one of the island's famous beaches or caves. This will be coupled with a rich immersion into the music, dance, food, and other cultural aspects for which Jamaica is known.

High School Specials Impact Report

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