PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
Program Theme: Building & Renovation / Community Development
Destination: Manchester, Jamaica
Duration: 8 Days
Tuition: $1,400 USD
Date: July 23 – 30, 2023
Age Group: 14 – 18
Service Hours: 30
Group Size: 20 Students & 3 Staff
Build Relationships, Instill Hope, and Foster Community Development in the Heart of Rural Jamaica
Your home base will be in the farming community of Walderston. When you arrive, the first things that will catch your eyes are miles upon endless rows of crops. The natural terrain will be clearly visible with its scattered farms and lush jungles. You will be blanketed by the warm sunshine and breeze from the mountains that will have you pinching yourself and wondering if this green oasis could be real!
Community development is the focal point as you will be assisting in building and renovation initiatives that will help bring stability and sustainability to the warm and welcoming local people in the village.
While the island of Jamaica is stunning in its natural beauty, unfortunately, there is more under the surface than meets the eye. Lack of infrastructure and resources leads to recurring problems that inhibit social and economic growth in the community.
You will be a major vehicle for change in your work on this program. To combat the poor conditions of many of the villages’ structures, you will participate in building & renovation projects that will serve to beautify and make the spaces more functional.
Hear from some of the most inspiring people in our community on how they are tackling social issues.
Lastly, you will have the chance to assist in community development as it relates to local children – assisting in the teaching of literacy, numeracy, and social skills.
You will learn about agriculture by spending time with local farmers by working in the field and by attending presentations and discussions. Also, hear about the challenges that local farmers face across Jamaica.
After taking part in an experiential cooking tour, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Jamaica’s rich heritage and tasty, local cuisine. You’ll also learn more about the pulsing sounds of Reggae music that have swept the world in popularity. After that participate in some fun and rhythmic dance movements!