Perhaps the most interesting cultural stew ever created, Jamaica is a mix of cultures, peoples, and histories. Jamaica is made diverse by the varied people who have come to its shores. Even its language, officially English, borrows words and idioms from places as far away as Spain and West Africa. Briefly a Spanish colony and later a British colony for 200 years, Jamaica was populated in part by African slaves brought to the island to work its sugar plantations. Now the country is known as a place of past political turmoil, warm reggae music and white sand beaches.
Volunteering in Jamaica offers participants the rewarding opportunity to personally improve the lives of local people, while immersing themselves in this unique and varied culture. Jamaica’s history of colonization brought a wide range of cultures to the island, including Africans, Europeans, and East Asians. These groups have all left their mark on the country’s cuisine, music, and language. In their free time, participants can explore the passionate Caribbean culture, picture perfect beaches, tropical rainforest, and traditional cuisine that have made Jamaica a hotspot for international travelers.
World Endeavors offers a Deaf Education volunteer program located in the capital city of Kingston.
I enjoyed the people. Everyone was so friendly.
-Jesse, Deaf Education Volunteer in Jamaica