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Patois Language Courses in Jamaica

Volunteers practice reading street signs in Patois in Jamaica

Immerse yourself fully in the fascinating Jamaican culture on one of our intensive Patois Language projects. Patois features largely English words superimposed on West African grammar. The language was developed in the 17th century when slaves from West and Central Africa were exposed to English. Patois exists mostly as a spoken language and is widely used throughout Jamaica.

You can learn Patois through Projects Abroad on an intensive Language Project, where you will receive an average of 15 hours tuition each week. With accommodation in the home of a Jamaican family, you'll learn quickly and can practice what you've learned with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a qualified language teacher, are tailored to your personal level, and can be adapted to your interests.

After your lessons you will, of course, have plenty of time to complete your homework and explore Jamaica with other volunteers.

Alternatively you can undertake a shorter, 14-hour or 30-hour language course in Patois that runs alongside your volunteer project. If you are planning on volunteering abroad for twelve weeks or more, you could also complete a 60-hour course alongside your project. For more information please visit our Language Add-ons page.

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