Great Shape! Inc. SuperKids Literacy Project in Jamaica: Volunteer Application... Skills to Read, Power to Lead
Dear Potential SuperKids Volunteer:

Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering on the Great Shape! Inc. SuperKids Literacy Project 2018. Volunteers will work in four primary schools in the St.Ann/St. Mary Parishes around Ocho Rios Jamaica. We work with Grades 1-6. Sometimes schools have 2 classrooms per grade. Class sizes vary between 25-40 students per class.

SuperKids is an instructional literacy enrichment program including: Language Arts/Reading, Computer Skills, Art, Music & Sports. Project Dates: Week One/October 26 - November 4. Week Two/November 3- 12.

Project fee: $800 (1 or 2 wks). Volunteers pay their own airfare. The project fee is “how we make it happen” and includes shipping supplies from Miami to Jamaica to use and distribute in the schools. Volunteers are responsible for any necessary shipping fees from their hometown to Miami.

Volunteers serve for one or two weeks, depending on project availability. 65 Volunteers will be selected. All volunteers are housed 3 roommates per room at Sandals/Beaches Resorts. The Sandals Foundation generously provides all accommodations and meals for free.

Please complete the following form and hit submit. We will notify you when we receive your information. If you have any problems, email

All applications will be reviewed in a timely manner. Final volunteer selections will be made soon. If you are selected, an acceptance letter will follow with a registration form.

Please return application forms as soon as possible. We welcome your questions and comments and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Great Shape! Inc. SuperKids Literacy Project Co-Directors:
Georgene Crowe, Logistics/Registration:, 541-821-6182
Gretchen Lee, Language Arts/Reading: 541-535-9861
Brad Adams, Computer/IT Team:, 509-325-3623

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Date of Birth *
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T-Shirt- You can choose a Women's v-neck true to size t-shirt or Men's T-Shirt, true to size *
I am a certificated teacher, have a degree in teaching credential or college degree, or other *
(Teaching certification is not required for volunteers, can be retired)
Why are you interested in volunteering with Great Shape! Inc. SuperKids Literacy Project in Jamaica? *
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You are required to attend organization training sessions in best instructional methods, Great Shape! Inc. policies on cultural diversity, volunteer rules and overall expectations.Training sessions will assist you in your volunteer experience. *
Please rate your top 3 choices in volunteer areas: your first choice lists the area you are most interested in serving.- *
We do our best to align your skills and interests with your project duties but we cannot guarantee any posting.
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Describe grade or age level and any experience you have working with children. *
(Experience is not required, but this information is essential for our assignent process.) Note any "other" degree
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Teachers and group leaders will need to organize lesson plans. *
Will you need assistance with lesson plans?
Which week are you interested in volunteering? *
Have you volunteered or worked with other culturally diverse organizations &/or Great Shape! Inc. in the past? *
What interests you about working with people who are culturally different, whether by color, religion, class, sex, gender, physically, mentally, etc.? *
And,Please give a brief description of your experience and in what capacity you worked.
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Name, Relationship, Time Known, Email, Phone Number
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Great Shape! Inc. has permission to run a background check on me and verify the references I have provided. By checking the boxes below I affirm I have answered all questions truthfully. I understand if any portion of this application is found to be intentionally false, I may be denied the right to volunteer for Great Shape! Inc. *
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Media Release *
During the course of the project you may be photographed and/or videotaped by our staff, hotel sponsors, Ministry of Education, media or others. You must choose to allow or deny Great Shape! Inc. PR & Communications publications in support of our programs. By granting permission you may hereby release and hold harmless Great Shape! Inc. from any claims, judgements, or demands that may arise from the use of above referenced photographs or videotapes.
I agree to follow dress code: Women, absolutely no spaghetti straps, leggings, jeans or revealing tops.Sundresses & skirts must be knee length,culottes or loose capris and sleeveless tops are acceptable. Men: cotton shirts, polo shirts, khakis. Longer shorts are acceptable for sports team. *
Please explain any health limitations you may have *
Medical History: All information is kept confidential and will only be shared with medical personnel if needed while on SuperKids Literacy Project.
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Please explain any health limitations,restrictions orsleep issues/habits (Incl. sleep apnea, stay out late/rise early, etc.) *
Medical History: All information is kept confidential and will only be shared with medical personnel if needed while on SuperKids Literacy Project.
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Do you need a lower level room? *
Please list allergies to any food, medicine or substance below:
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Travel and work in the developing nation can be physically and emotionally taxing. Is there anything Great Shape! Inc. should know in order to ensure a successful experience for you? *
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Room accomodations for each volunteer will be three people per room. By checking below volunteers indicate their understanding that they will be sharing a room and they will be flexible and understanding in dealing with roommates. *
If you are traveling/serving as a couple or friends, please register early to be considered for a room together. We do our best to accomodate couples, there are a limited number of rooms that can be secured by paying 3rd project fee.
The schools in Jamaica are underfunded and lack basic school supplies such as pencils, paper, tape, glue, etc. *
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