Service Learning Trip: Jamaica 2015
During Spring Break, several students and two faculty members traveled to Petersfield, Jamaica sponsored by Amizade’s Global Service-Learning Program (www.amizade.org).
Amizade encourages intercultural exploration and understanding through community-driven service-learning courses and volunteer programs. Amizade imagines a world in which all people have the opportunity to explore and grow, realize their ability to effect change, and embrace their responsibility to build a better world. At the heart of Amizade is the sincere belief that intercultural understanding and the development of global citizens is essential to our increasingly connected global world.
Volunteer work in rural Jamaica included working on a school farm planting vegetables, cleaning up a playground, and working with small groups of students in grades preschool-5. Cultural activities included visiting a local church on Sunday morning, attending Association of Clubs (AOC) community meetings, listening to lectures on culture and lifestyle, sampling traditional Jamaican food and learning how to prepare national dishes, and participating in trips to a local beach, caves, and a natural river.
Students stayed with host families for the week and were completely immersed in the neighborhood. Everyone had a superb experience and students can’t wait to go back next year!