Jamaica

Cities

jamaica-negrilNegril is a small (pop. 6,900) but widely dispersed beach resort town located across parts of two Jamaican parishes, Westmoreland and Hanover.

Negril is just about one hour and fifteen minutes drive from Sir Donald Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay. Westmoreland is the westernmost parish in Jamaica, located on the south side of the island. Downtown Negril, the West End cliff resorts to the south of downtown, and the southern portion of the so-called "seven mile (11 km) beach" are in Westmoreland. The northernmost resorts on the beach are in Hanover Parish. The nearest large town is Savanna-la-Mar, the capital of Westmoreland Parish.

St. Elizabeth, one of Jamaica's largest parishes, is located in the southwest of the island, in the county of Cornwall. Its capital, Black River, is located at the mouth of the Black River, the longest on the island.

Montego Bay is the capital of the parish of St. James and the second largest city in Jamaica by area and the fourth by population (after Kingston, Spanish Town and Portmore).

It is a tourist destination with duty-free shopping, a cruise line terminal and several beaches. The city is backed by low mountains.

Jamaica Information

The following information below is here to assist travelers in understanding their options as they travel to and through Jamaica.

***Please note that prices listed page serves as an approximation and may vary from actual prices***

***Please confirm prices before your travel time. ***

***NIK|LAS is not responsible for changes of the prices or schedules***

VISA INFORMATION

Immigration formalities require every person to show a return or ongoing airline ticket when arriving in Jamaica.

The Visa Waiver Program

Citizens of the following countries of the British Commonwealth, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months,  DO NOT NEED A VISA to enter Jamaica:

Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands,  Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia,  Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta,  Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands,  South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, UK of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

30 Day Stay

Citizens of the following countries, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months,  are allowed to travel to Jamaica for tourism or business purposes for up to a maximum of 30 days DO NOT NEED A VISA:

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay

90 Day Stay.

Citizens of the following countries, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months,  are allowed to travel to Jamaica for tourism or business purposes for up to a maximum of 90 days DO NOT NEED A VISA:

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey

Visa Approved at Port of Entry (P.O.E)

Some foreigners coming to Jamaica may qualify for visa approval at Port of Entry into Jamaica, provided they are holding valid onward or return tickets and evidence of sufficient funds to cover duration of stay. The citizens of the  following countries qualify for this option:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech & Slovak Federal Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia.

AIRPORTS

JAMAICA

Jamaica has 2 major airports. Both airports serve both domestic and international destinations. All airports provide access to the city via taxis, and buses.

Kingston Airport

Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) is formerly Palisadoes Airport, is located on the Palisadoes tombolo in outer Kingston Harbour; it fronts the city on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. It serves Kingston, Jamaica with over 130 international flights a week that depart from Norman Manley International Airport. It is a hub for Air Jamaica, and Caribbean Airlines.

Montego Bay Airport

Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is an ultra-modern international airport located 4.8 km east of Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is one of the largest, and busiest airports in the Caribbean capable of handling nine million passengers per year. Sangster is often referred to as the gateway to the Caribbean, and is the Caribbean hub for many airlines. It serves as the most popular airport for tourists visiting the north coast of Jamaica.

DRIVING IN JAMAICA

Please keep in mind that Jamaicans drive on the left of the road.

Driving as a tourist in Jamaica is an adventure, as Jamaican roads are not renowned for their upkeep nor are their drivers renowned for their caution. Roads in and around major cities and towns are generally congested, and rural roads tend to be narrow and bendy. Travel from the north to the south can involve treks on mountain roads. Jamaican drivers do not slow down because of these twists and turns.

There are relatively few stoplights outside of urban centers and are generally found in major city centers, such as Montego Bay, Falmouth, Kingston, Mandeville, Spanish Town, Santa Cruz, and Ocho Rios. For towns where stoplights are not installed, roundabouts are used.

Renting a car is easily done, and it is advised to go through an established major car rental company such as Island Car Rental, Hertz, Avis, etc.

JAMAICA By BUS

Jamaican local buses are cheap and can save you the headache of negotiating with tourist taxis. The ride is very different from what you are probably used to. Many resorts offer excursions by bus. Check with the resort's office that is in charge of planning day trips for more information.

TRAINS

Passenger and public freight service ceased in 1992.

TAXIS

Local taxis, called "route taxis", are used to get around and far cheaper than tourist taxis, and are the primary mode of transportation for most Jamaicans. For instance, it may cost $50JM (under $1 USD) to travel 20 miles. These are local cars. Licensed taxis usually have the taxi signs spray painted on their front fenders. At times, you will find one with a taxi sign. Red license plate indicates the vehicle for public transportation, while a white plate is for private vehicles. Taxis can be waved down anywhere on the main street or highway.

Route taxis are often times packed with people, but you may join the group.

FERRIES

Travelling by boat is not advised unless the service is operated by a hotel or tourism company. It is not a quick way to get around unless you want to tour the coastline. At time, fishermen may offer this service to willing tourists but they may overcharge.

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HOLIDAYS 2015
New Years DayAsh Wednesday

Easter

Labor Day

Emancipation Day

Independence Day

National Heroes’ Day

Christmas – Christian

Boxing Day

 January 1stMarch 28

April 3

May 25

August 1st

August 6

October 19

December 25th

December 26

FESTIVALS

Carnival is fairly new to Jamaica and is imported from the Eastern Caribbean. The week long celebration consists of street dances and parades with a grand finale at the end of the week at the Jamaican national stadium in Kingston. The processions feature colorful floats and people in costumes.

Once a year, Jamaica holds an exciting Carnival similar to that of Trinidad and Tobago, but with a local twist. The Carnival get started in February and runs until mid-April. The event gets bigger each year. The Carnival atmosphere is spread across the island, with lots of bands playing, reggae, calypso, and soca music.

Location: Kingston. Montego Bay, Negril

Independence celebration, on August 6th, celebrates  with march through the streets leading to the Jamaican National Stadium by costumed people.

Location: Kingston

Junkonoo celebration, during Christmas, costumed men dressed in "scary" outfits parade and dance in the streets.

Location: Jamaica

Certificates

A Certificate of Completion is offered at the end of the course, to students who meet the minimum attendance and academic requirements. The certificate displays course completed, dates and level obtained.

Start Dates

Non-Beginners can start any Monday of the year. Beginners may start on the first Monday of any month.

Holidays

School will be closed during Holidays. Holidays are not made up. Please view the holiday section to understand to help decide your travel time.

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

We offer you top-quality, affordable English instruction in very exciting, sunny, fun reggae-filled Island of Jamaica. Our knowledgeable teachers are experienced, well-traveled, English speakers that will help you become a more confident English speaker.

Several courses are offered year-round for students who wish to improve their English communication skills or prepare for the TOEFL, TOEIC, or GMAT exams.

Classes provide you with the opportunity to improve your conversational and written English through an exceptional curriculum and methodology, while you can actively practice speaking the language while living in Jamaica.

At our schools, one learns the language as well as, the grammar structures in a stimulating atmosphere at all levels. Your vocabulary will increase daily as you become more accustomed to the sound of the language.

The courses improve basic communication skills and English grammar. You will learn to construct simple to complex sentences and develop vocabulary skills to be able to participate in discussions. The courses develop your awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning. You develop fluency in speaking and writing. Courses will enhance your ability to communicate with and understand English speakers.

As you progress, you will develop fluency in speaking, reading comprehension, listening and speaking, while attaining a high command of vocabulary words and idioms, and acquiring a stronger grammar foundation.

English Online

Individual lessons using distance learning for students with basic knowledge of beginner English. The course runs in blocks of a minimum of 10 lessons. It features general English lessons, high quality TOEFL and IELTS, Conversational and Business courses under professional training from well experienced native English teachers.

This interactive and professional comprehensive online programs is designed to help the student cover all sections of the language including practice tasks and questions, revision, study skills, tips and strategies  It is a revolutionary way to excel in the comfort of your home or office, at your own pace, in your own time. You will just need to sit in front of your computer in a comfort zone, sipping on coffee or a cold beverage, while enjoying your learning experience.

Location: All

Mini English

10 Classes of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday. This course is recommended for students who wish to combine language learning with a real life experience of an English culture, thus, it allows enough time for students to get fully acquainted to the city and the English cultures surrounding it.

Location: St. Elizabeth                  Levels: All

Semi Standard

15 classes of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday. It offers just a bit more than the Mini English but leaves you with sufficient time to immerse into the city life. Classes challenge students apply their knowledge of theory by means of various methods ranging from situation and role-playing activities to debates about current issues.

Location: St. Elizabeth               Levels: All

Standard

18 hours of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday.  The course focuses on communication for all levels and includes two parts: Grammar and Conversation Skills. "Grammar" includes grammar, vocabulary, and reading. Skills are taught with an emphasis on interactive, productive use. Students practice grammatical skills and new vocabulary in authentic, spoken English. "Conversation Skills" is student-centered learning in a comfortable, supportive setting. Effective speaking and listening skills are reinforced through a combination of small group work and discussion. Students are helped and encouraged to organize and express ideas clearly and correctly.

Location: St. Elizabeth               Levels: All

Super Standard

20 hours of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday. This course uses an integrated approach that covers: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It incorporates pronunciation, vocabulary building and conversation activities using grammar in context.

Location: St. Elizabeth               Levels: All

Standard Plus

Group instructed 25  Classes of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday. The course encourages quick progress in English communication. It is best suited for people with little time and the need to practice even more in little time.

Location: St. Elizabeth            Levels: All

Intensive

30 hours of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday. Just for that student that wants a little more English. Designed to effectively achieve the most learning in the least amount of time.

Location: St. Elizabeth                     Levels: All

Individual (One to One) 

If you are interested in additional hours of instruction, or wish to have further improve distinct areas of your language skills (e.g. grammar, writing, pronunciation) these lessons are perfect for just that. You will have personalized session with qualified teachers outside of class hours.

Location: St. Elizabeth                    Levels: All

Combined Cities

This program attracts the voyagers in students. It allows for students to choose from the list of courses that we offer in our schools and distribute the learning experience among the different locations. By combining a course from among these different cities, one will learn English and have the opportunity to know the rich variety of English cultures at the same time. Plus, it makes for great city hopping.

Location: All

Group Programs

  • For groups of 5 or more persons traveling together on the same package to the same destination, please contact our Group Department for a group discounted price quote at: group@nik-las.com
  • With a group of 5 or more persons, you may organize a program that fits your interests and trip desires. Contact our Group Department for more information.

Location: All


FOCUS PROGRAMS

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Preparatory Course

15 hrs, 18 hours, or 20 hours of classes per week can last from 8 to 10 wks. This is a course specially designed to prepare English students to take the national TOEFL exam in either of two formats: computer-based or paper-based. The TOEFL is required by American Universities and Colleges for Foreign Students to attend. It is perfect for advanced English students who are ready to pursue a university education in the US. It provides a very comprehensive review of all the components needed for the TOEFL test such as written structures (grammar), reading comprehension, listening comprehension and essay writing. It provides a thorough discussion on the techniques and strategies for taking the test.

Location: St. Elizabeth               Levels: Advanced

TOEIC [Test of English for International Communication] Preparation

18 hours of classes per week. This course is well suited for individuals who need to improve their TOEIC score. The exam measures the ability to understand a business-related conversation in standard English as well as the ability to read English workplace manuals, correspondence, technical books and articles. Instruction will emphasize TOEIC test-taking strategies, vocabulary building, understanding business letters and memos, current business events and advanced grammatical structures.

Location: St. Elizabeth               Levels: Advanced

GMAT [Graduate Management Admissions Test] Preparatory Course

18 or 20 hrs of classes per week. The GMAT is a university admissions requirement for any student pursuing an MBA in the USA. The course prepares you for the analytical and verbal sections of this important exam. You will study advanced English vocabulary, grammatical structures and practice test-taking strategies to improve your analytical writing and verbal reasoning skills.

Location: St. Elizabeth               Levels: Advance

Business Intensive English

15 hours of classes per week + 3 classes per on US Business English. This course is perfect for persons who wish to work in an English-speaking work environment or aspire to an international career. You will familiarize yourself with the relevant jargon, increase your knowledge of the field and learn specific skills of the trade. This course includes instruction in U. S. business practices, speech writing and oral business presentation skills for international business professionals. It enriches vocabulary and builds accurate grammar usage. It provokes and reinforces critical thinking by analyzing cases of success stories of various businesses in the U.S., and how they relate to other businesses globally. The students are led on field trips to financial and business districts, and they attain a better perspective of the business environment.

Location: St. Elizabeth               Levels: All

Pronunciation and Accent Reduction I

This course will help you become more aware of your pronunciation and the pronunciation of native speakers of the US English.  It combines 15 hours of  English classes per week with 3 classes per week focused on Pronunciation and accent reduction.  You will be able to use various features of English pronunciation, know its rules and recognize sounds and exchange information with other students.

Location: St. Elizabeth               Levels: All

Pronunciation and Accent Reduction II

This course reinforces speaking and listening skills. You gain the ability to understand and use the spoken language using good pronunciation and appropriate accent. It combines 15 hours of  English classes per week with 3 classes per week focused on Pronunciation and accent reduction.

Location: St. Elizabeth               Levels: All

INTERNSHIP & STUDY PROGRAMS

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Within the broad range of educational opportunities at home and abroad work internships, provide one of the best ways to learn about the job you hope to have. An internship will acquaint you, in a practical way, with the career options in your field of study and offer first-hand opportunities to test your knowledge and examine your career plans.

The traditional view of business education for both students and professional is under the microscope as Universities and companies world-wide look for the most effective ways to train people to work in today's global markets. The rational Higher Education program alone cannot fully prepare you fro what you will face on-the-job. International business skills and second language competency are now a necessity.

Whatever your area of study might be, through the NIK|LAS organization you may have the opportunity to gain real-life experience abroad. You will experience for yourself the very different English business protocols, learn to do business in a completely different culture, and gain fluency in both formal English as well as local and profession-specific jargon. These factors which may well mean the difference between business success and failure.

Objectives of the Internship Program

The principle objectives of the combined language and internship program are twofold. (1) To promote acquisition of high-level English language skills and (2) to provide candidates with professional working experience in a full immersion English-speaking environment. Another feature of our program is highly important: to provide students the most realistic experience possible. All aspects of the program are real-life. Entrance requirements are high and each step is competitive with high-levels of performance expected.

Structure of the Program

The Internship Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: minimum 6 weeks of Standard English language (in Mandeville / St. Elizabeth).

2nd: the internship placement, lasting 30 days or up to 180 days (in St. Elizabeth, Mandeville, Negril, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay)

I Part - Course

The length of the English-language portion will depend on your starting point and how quickly you can acquire the needed fluency. Written skills test and additional ones will be used to monitor your progress administered to judge readiness for the work period. In order to qualify for the internship placement you must have a high intermediate level of fluency. The minimum length for the English course is 6 weeks.

Language Skill exam fee: $150 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Location: Mandeville / St. Elizabeth

II Part: The Internship Period

Professional practice internships are offered in private sector companies, NGO's, schools, colleges, and universities. The work period will be from 30 days and up to 180 day. It may be possible to extend placement if both the employer/sponsor and the intern are in agreement and if there are no legal considerations that would discourage the extension. Placement is made and progress is monitored through our program office. The internship portion of the program may not combine different companies or different cities.

Program Fee:     $370 USD

Location: St. Elizabeth, Mandeville, Negril, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay

Company Assignment

The most important factor is language skills. The more limited the student's language abilities, the flexible s/he will have to be in terms of placements. We try very hard to match the students' educational background, professional experience, and professional plans, to the internship placement. We contact the student (by e-mail or in person) with one or more possibilities, and descriptions of those internships, and ask the student for comments and to rank the possibilities in order of preference. This helps us ensure appropriate placement. The interviews can take place during the time the student is studying, or before arrival

Minimum required English level: intermediary - high

Compensation

Interns will receive a stipend to cover local, daily expenses. Some companies may also provide benefits to cover local

transportation or meals. Participants should not expect to gain a lot of money during the stay. The monthly minimum wage in Jamaica is $4500.00 JM. Stipend amounts vary from position to position.

Services Include

  • English Course (minimum 6 weeks): Standard

  • 30 days or up to 180 days of Internship

  • Requesting and receiving background information on all internship candidates providing guidelines for the preparation of the professional résumé in English, interviewing each candidate, and drawing up a list of possible internship placements;

  • Conferring with the candidates via e-mail or telephone to confirm area of interest and counsel on professional experience options;

  • Approaching the sponsoring institutions and achieving placements;

  • Maintaining contact with both the candidates and the sponsoring organizations to ensure that the internships run smoothly;

  • Intervening to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings between the clients and the corporate sponsors, to assure mutual satisfaction.

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in Portuguese or English. (Example Provided)

  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what he/she wants to learn, what kind of internship the student prefers, and why.

  • The student has to send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com

  • Deposit of $250 USD

  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

Please, make sure your medical insurance covers you during your stay in Jamaica; otherwise we can make arrangements for you to receive in this case.

 

VOLUNTEER IN JAMAICA

Volunteers give back to local communities, schools or organizations by identifying needs and offering their time and skills to implement change. Have fun and explore this tropical paradise. Learn about Jamaica’s vibrant culture, rich history and explore our national treasures while having the opportunity to live like a local.

Our programs are available all year round, allowing you to take part when you can.

There is 24/7 support for emergencies from a team of dedicated staff that is always available to speak with you. Understand that when you volunteer in Jamaica, safety and security are your # 1 priority .Because of this, we do more and go further to ensure your safety. Safety procedures begin from the moment you are greeted at the airport, when transporting you, at your accommodation and at your placement.

We work with groups of all types: church and mission groups, college students, high school and teens, friends, sports teams, corporate groups, faculty led groups and individuals who want to join a group.

There are the following types of volunteer experiences available:

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Orphanage and Child Care Volunteer - Jamaica is often associated with crystal clear water and stunning beaches, but the island is much more than great beaches… It has huge communities of poor people and a large number of these are children. To solve this problem, the government, churches and non-profit organizations have established Orphanages and childcare facilities. Help is needed to support the staff running the centers.

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Sports Coaching Volunteering - If your passion is coaching, then Jamaica is the place for you. Sports play a significant role in the Jamaican culture. Our 100 & 200 metres world record holder Usain Bolt’s success has ignited the passion of our local athletes, so there is always a group of athletes ready and waiting to start training for the big break. Jamaica has one of the most well organized and vibrant track & field programs in the world, and most schools train their athletes all year.

Sports volunteer coaching programs for football (soccer) is another passion on the island. In every community, there is a football field.

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Teaching and Education volunteer - Have you ever wondered what it is like to do teaching abroad? You can impact the lives of teens, and young children while learning a new culture. Volunteering abroad as a teacher is a great reason to visit Jamaica. You will make a difference, develop valuable life skills and have the adventure of your life! Working in schools will offer the shortcut to make fast friends while learning about the food, language and culture. Volunteer opportunities are available for you to work in three types of schools: Basic school for ages 3– 6, Primary School for ages 6 – 12, and Secondary schools for ages 12 – 17. Class sizes will be approximately 35 – 40 students. As a teacher in Jamaica you’ll be working alongside the local staff, but have the option to teach specific subjects on your own. Other times you’ll work one–on-one with students.

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Conservation & Environment Project Abroad - Are you an advocate of environmental conservation projects abroad and want to share your passions with others?

Volunteer at National Park - The Royal Botanic Gardens of Hope, located in Kingston Jamaica, is one of the largest botanical garden in the Caribbean. It features many indigenous, exotic native flora, and fauna. Over the years the park has been deteriorated by vandals. Today, a non-profit organization by the name of Nature Preservation Foundation runs the gardens and Zoo

This offers volunteer opportunities for an environmental conservation projects to improve the plant conservation. This facility works to increase the conservation of plant species with a focus on the endemic species, to help ensure the beauty and diverse natural resources of the Island. There is need for continuous research on identifying new plant species, and developing irrigation methods. Some activities include, soil erosion control, maintenance of the park’s nursery garden, studying the rare flora and fauna found in the park and assisting in the construction and maintenance of trails within the park.

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Volunteer in Human Rights - Interested in human rights? Learn about social issues by working alongside those directly affected. Help to raise awareness of human rights, assist those who are suffering from issues with domestic violence, housing disputes, children’s shelters, at risk youths and disadvantaged communities.

Jamaica has many volatile communities where juveniles and the unemployed live with a lack of work and educational opportunities. Empowering these marginalized communities and at risk groups with information and education is the foundation of the universal human rights principles.

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Volunteer Building Projects - This project is a great way to give back and discover a new culture. If you enjoy working with your hands and love a physically-demanding challenge you can have the opportunity to assist with carpentry, painting, plumbing or other general construction work. You will work alongside expert local builders who will guide you and pass on the skills needed to complete the construction process

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Animal Volunteer Programs - Are you looking to do dog volunteer work or maybe you are just looking for veterinary care volunteer? There are many opportunities to care for animals in Jamaica as many pet owners find they are unable to care for their pets and cannot afford the high cost of veterinary services.

Pets are often abandoned on the streets and left to wander in search of food. Because of this, several non-profit organizations have established shelters for these homeless animals and are offering animal volunteer programs. If you are a student studying veterinary medicine, have no prior experience but just enjoy looking after animals and want to learn more, there are opportunities to get involved with hands on work.

Some tasks include: Exercising and socializing dogs, Care for injured animals, Rehabilitating the animals who have been mistreated, for those trained in veterinary medicine, there are opportunities to perform declawing, ear trims, sac removal, wound repair, surgery and more.

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Agriculture Volunteer Abroad - Experience Jamaica in a whole new way as you explore the culture first hand by working alongside local farmers. In most communities in Jamaica, owning a small farm is vital for having a cheap source of starch, vegetables and fruits. Excess food are sold by each farmer in the community or used as barter for other goods and services.

If you are interested in sustainable agriculture volunteer projects and curious about the agricultural procedures of small farming and how they play a role in the people’s lives, this project could be ideal for you.

Participants do not need previous experience to participate in sustainable farming, but t you need is the willingness to take instructions, a spirit of humility, energy and a strong work ethic. If you love working with the soil and getting your hands dirty, the farmers in the community will welcome your advice and be grateful for your help.

EXCURSIONS

There are various activities and excursions offered during the year that helps you get to know other students and members of staff and enjoy the culture and entertainment of the island of Jamaica. While some activities may be free, for others, students are required to sign-up and pay in order to participate. Excursions may include visits to nearby beaches, hikes, zoo, river tour, falls,  and tours, while other's may include trips to other nearby cities. Here are examples of possible excursion destinations:

From St. Elizabeth

  • Ocho Rios, Negril, Montego Bay, Lacovia Zoo, Treasure Beach, YS Falls, Dunn's River Falls, Kingston, etc.

PICK-UP

Bus Station, Train Station, Airports

This optional service is offered at a cost for One-way from/to arrival or departure spot in the Jamaica. A representative meets and takes the student to accommodation or departure point. Please forward travel information at least 3 weeks in advance

Location: Negril, Montego Bay, Kingston

LODGING OPTIONS

NIK|LAS offers lodging during your stay in Jamaica while you are taking part in one of our courses.

Accommodations are generally a 10 - 25 minutes by foot/ bus from the school or center. Shopping facilities are a short distance away. Electricity, gas and water are included.

Single Room (SR) - Private room.

Double Room (DR) - Shared Room between two students.

Suggestions: Take extra care with your behavior; keep common areas clean; moderate noise to a low level at night; respect apartment mates schedule and customs. In short, be responsible for yourself.

Shared Apartments

Housing are simply furnished with a fully equipped kitchen with television, iron and  bathrooms There are no telephones available in apartments. These 2, 3, or 4 Bedroom apartments are shared with other international students and/or locals so students can cook their own food and manage food budget. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Room in a shared apartment with access to all communal areas of the house (kitchen, bathroom and living room). Single rooms options.

Location: St. Elizabeth

Homestay/Host Family

Staying with an English speaking Family is rewarding, in that, it encourages the natural use of social English. This helps to improve your language skills. Room with an English Speaking family with a meal option of breakfast(1 meal/day) or half board (2 meals/day). You are made to feel completely at home with their families and enjoy the unique opportunity to fully integrate oneself into an English speaking family life. Though, you will be free to do what you wish, you will be expected to adjust a bit to the rules of the house. You will receive your own house-key so you may come and go as you please. During your home-stay you will be able to receive phone calls. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single rooms options.

Location: St. Elizabeth

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