PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
Program Theme: Sports Leadership/ Working With Children & Education
Destination: Manchester, Jamaica
Duration: 8 Days
Tuition: $1,400 USD
Date: July 16 – 23, 2023
Age Group: 14 – 18
Service Hours: 35
Group Size: 20 Students & 3 Staff
Use Sport as a vehicle for social change for Underserved Children in Rural Jamaica
What is work without a little play? Bring your enthusiasm and energy to this program as you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful island of Jamaica through sports and service. Stay active with the children in the community, many of whom are naturally athletically gifted. Ability is not the objective. Instead, it is more important to have opportunities for fun and to build relationships.
Summer vacation is a time of year when many students are very eager for school to end. However, in Jamaica school is critical for providing stimulation, learning, recreational opportunities, and even food that may not be consistently accessible at home.
Students will be addressing some of these challenges in the community by partnering with a local organization. They will help by improving the infrastructure of sports facilities and renovating equipment.
You’ll also work with traditional sports such as soccer and new ones like baseball, (just to name a few!). You don’t have to be a star athlete to make a difference in the lives of these children. After a day on the field, students will have the opportunity to further their service at a local children’s home. Whatever the project, you are sure to be the cause of lots of smiles as you are helping to bring health and joy to the children and community at large.
You will discover how community infrastructure, poverty, and sports all intersect to form health outcomes for the children and families living in the areas in which you will be working. Through guest speakers and training, you will learn how sports are crucial for physical and mental health. Sports are not only good for keeping in shape, but they also help with the values of determination, confidence, and sportsmanship, which have been found to have a positive effect on self-esteem. Students will also be able to channel their energy into working with children at a local Children’s Home.