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Experiential Learning Activities & Service Learning Projects Abroad In Jamaica

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  • Dates Available: Year Round
  • Project Sites: St. Catherine, Kingston, St. Andrew
  • Max Participants: 30
  • Min Stay: 1 Week
  • Max Stay: 3 Months
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Join Our International Service Learning Projects And Experiential Learning Activities In Jamaica

Are you a professor, teacher, study abroad Director, group or faculty leader seeking experiential learning programs abroad for your students? If the answer is yes, then Jamaica just might be the perfect destination for your group!

 

Service-Learning, or Experiential Learning as it is often called, is the process of acquiring knowledge, or making meaning from direct experience. In other words it is the process of learning from your experiences. Enough research has been conducted to ascertain that combining experience with learning greatly increases comprehension and knowledge retention. So what better classroom to learn than the entire island of Jamaica and her rich culture?

 

Jamaica International Projects will work with your group of students to customize service learning programs that will align perfectly with your goals. Our service learning opportunities are for students who attend high schools, colleges, universities and trade schools.

 

Why You Should Join Our Community Service Learning Projects In Jamaica

Being a third world country, Jamaica will offer students the opportunity to analyse and solve real challenges faced by locals, such as poverty, social issues, health, crime and violence, unemployment and religion.

 

This will not only give students the opportunity to apply what they learned in the classroom to real situations, but also provides them with the chance to develop critical thinking skills and practical skills. They will also gain a first-hand experience of a new culture, equipping them to become global citizens.

 

This is your chance to combine academic work and hands-on learning while exploring and experiencing the cultural diversity that Jamaica has to offer.

Support Services That We Offer For Our Experiential Learning International Projects:

Meaningful Service-Learning Project Ideas

Our Company has reached out to many local communities, churches, schools, charities and businesses that are desperately in need of a helping hand. By working with those that need help the most, your students will embark on service learning activities to truly make a long and lasting impact, while learning new skills in the process.

 

Round Trip Transportation

You will be transported to and from your student service learning projects daily by our company owned transportation. For big groups we use trusted transportation provider agencies, who must abide by our strict company guidelines, and are fully insured and licensed. A team member will also accompany you to ensure that you do not miss any important landmarks while travelling.

 

Airport Pickup

A company rep will meet you at the airport, and transfer your group to your accommodation. We are in close contact with the 2 major airports in Jamaica to monitor incoming flights, so we will arrive at the airport on time, regardless of any change in arrival times.

 

Accommodation Booking

Hellshire Beach Club, our partner accommodation is less than an hour’s drive away from Kingston. You will be provided with clean, air conditioned rooms, on a special block set aside for our guests only, with access to pool, free Wi-Fi and more. In addition, both Sugar man’s beach and Hellshire beach are less than 2 minutes walking distance away.

 

True Cultural Immersion

Our team of Jamaicans will ensure that you learn every aspect of our local culture, including our food, dialect and history. You will meet and greet with other locals on a daily basis, and get to see why Jamaicans are considered to be the world’s friendliest people. This experience is seldom seen in most of the glamourous 5 star hotels.

 

Tropical Climate

Jamaica’s tropical marine climate sees it getting sunshine and warmth all year long, whether winter, spring, summer or fall. This makes Jamaica a desirable global service learning destination, especially during the frigid winter seasons.

 

Delicious Jamaican Meals

Our guests are served with a delicious Jamaican breakfast and dinner each day. A wide variety of menu options to choose from are available as well, which includes some international cuisine. Special arrangements will be made for persons with special dietary requirements, including allergies, gluten free, diabetics, vegans etc.

 

Year Round Availability

With programs available every single day of the year, our model ensures that groups can join us whenever they are available. Our experiential learning opportunities are run 365 days per year, meaning you can join us during winter break, spring break, reading week, Christmas break, summer, Easter or any major holidays.

 

24/7 In-Country Support

From your moment of arrival to your departure, our team will be on standby ready to provide you with help and support, particularly during emergencies, or when you need a helping hand.

 

Pre-Arrival Planning And Support

We will provide our expert advice and offer you as much assistance that you need to plan the perfect service learning trips, combined with fun adventures and learning opportunities to meet the goals of your students. Feel free to ask us any questions.

 

Guided Projects

To ensure that our service learning study abroad projects run on a timely basis, and that our service learning groups have the most incident free experiences possible, we will assign a company representative to your group. They will ensure your group adhere to the planned itinerary as closely as possible, so that all tasks will be accomplished.

 

Structured Itineraries

During the planning stages of your service learning project, we will work alongside your experiential learning coordinator and all members involved in the planning of your trip to create a fully detailed itinerary. This itinerary will function as a timetable for your group, so that we can pre-plan all activities, and ensure your students are aware of the dates and times planned.

 

Return To Airport

After you have completed your Jamaican experiential learning activities, you will be transferred safely back to the airport. As you depart Jamaica with fond memories and a new found appreciation for service to communities in need, you can rest assured knowing that you are now a part of our family, and that we are excited to have you back with us in the years to come.

Service Learning Projects Ideas


We offer a wide range of meaningful experiential learning abroad programs that your students can embark upon. These projects are structured to challenge and motivate students, as they collaborate with locals to achieve a common goal or solve a problem.

 

Some Of Our Most Impactful Student Service Learning Projects Include:

 

Construction & Building Maintenance

Help to build church grounds, work in local schools to build sports facilities and repair damaged furniture, assist poor families or struggling businesses to repair homes and buildings and more.

 

Orphanage Volunteering

Work in a local orphanage to assist children with homework, play games, teach them about your culture, donate clothes, school supplies and toys, read books to them, teach arts & crafts etc.

 

Volunteer Teaching

Visit a local kindergarten, primary or junior high school and assist the teacher to educate students. Teach them about your culture and help with subjects such as mathematics, English, IT, science, and more. Donate much needed schools supplies to the school, and help with sports as well.

 

Sports Coaching

Work with local sports teams, community teams and schools to coach youth in various sports, such as soccer, basketball, netball, volleyball, swimming etc.

 

Business Development

Help local businesses that are struggling to improve their systems and business model, as well as help to train business owners and entrepreneurs to be better business people by improving customer service, inventory control, office management and more.

 

Animal Care

Visit local animal shelters, pet hospitals and clinics to care for injured animals, such as dogs, cats and birds.

 

Beach & Coastal Clean-Up

Help clean up some of Jamaica’s most precious beaches and coast lines. These projects include coral reef cleaning, garbage collection, installing proper garbage receptacles and educating locals about beach erosion.

 

Marine Conservation

Work alongside local environmental agencies to conserve endangered marine life and collect crucial data to update global scientific research databases.

 

Medical Volunteering

Join local medical groups to combat a wide range of medical illnesses in Jamaica, Some medical programs are dental, psychology, addiction/substance abuse, cancer, eye care, HIV/AIDS etc.

 

Teach Foreign Language

If members of your group are fluent speakers of a foreign language, or American Sign Language, then they can visit schools to teach that language to locals. Some of the in-demand languages are Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and German.

Cultural Experiential Learning Program Options


Our model combines experiential learning exercises with cultural excursions/lectures to educate students about Jamaica’s rich culture and heritage.

 

Some Popular Cultural Immersion Experiences That We Offer Are:

 

Visit A Maroon Village

Maroons are slaves who escaped from the British during the days of slavery and fought to maintain their freedom and evade recapture. They still have settlements in Jamaica today.

 

Attend A Coffee Lecture & Tour

Learn how Blue Mountain coffee is grown and harvested in Jamaica, as well as the entire process that it undergoes before it is turned into the finished product.

 

Rum & Sugar Lecture

Tour Appleton Estate, the number one rum producer in Jamaica and tour their sugar fields and brewery. You will learn how rum is made from scratch, and taste the finished product. (Must be 18 and over to consume alcohol in Jamaica.)

 

Reggae Music

Learn all about Bob Marley and Reggae music, as you tour the Bob Marley Museum and the Tuff Gong Studio to see how music is made behind the scenes.

 

Jamaican Economy

Receive a lecture on the history of the Jamaican economy, then tour the Money Museum at the Bank of Jamaica.

 

Jamaican Cooking Class

Receive a brief lecture on the history of Jamaica’s cuisine, and learn about our most popular herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and staples. Afterwards attend a cooking class, to prepare Jamaican dishes.

 

Rastafarian Lecture

Tour a Rastafarian village to learn about their unique culture, their philosophies, special herbs and spices that they use, how they worship, and how they live on a daily basis.

 

Jamaica’s History

Receive a lecture from one of Jamaica’s historians and then tour the National Gallery of Jamaica to see our historic artefacts and delve deeper into our history.

 

Tourism

Receive a lecture from the Jamaica Tourist Board on how tourism impacts Jamaica’s economy, then tour a hotel resort.

 

Patois Lesson

Patois is the local dialect of Jamaica. You will visit a local Patois expert who will give your students a memorable and interactive presentation.

University Lectures


We can also make arrangements for your group to visit one of Jamaica’s best universities during your experiential learning abroad program, such as the University of Technology or University of the West Indies.

Some Highlights Of The University Visit Are:

• Receive a tour of the university grounds
• Meeting local students
• Network with local lecturers
• Stop by the campus bookshop and purchase souvenirs

Adventures & Excursions:


To add a fun aspect to our experiential learning projects, we always suggest fun adventures and excursions for students to embark on as well.

Some Of The Most Popular Tour & Adventures Are:

• Dolphin Cove
• Dunn’s River Falls
• Rafting on the River
• Black River Safari
• Mystic Mountain
• Blue Mountain
• Paintball Jamaica
• Zip Lining
• Chukka Cove

We offer affordable packages, which include round trip transportation, a company rep for guidance, entrance fees and refreshments.

To see a full list of our available tours, visit our tour and adventure package page. Special group prices are available.

Additional Information

Availability:

Student service learning tours are available all year round. You choose the dates that best fit the schedule of your students, and we will make the arrangements for you.

 

The Following Spaces Are Available:

• Alternative Spring 2017
• Summer 2017
• Alternative Winter 2017
• Reading Week 2017
• Easter Break 2017
• May Semester 2017
• January Term 2017

 

Duration:

Our service learning and volunteering programs usually run from 1 week up to 3 months. If your group would like a longer or shorter duration, indicate it on your application so that we can make arrangements.

 

Prices:

Prices vary, as they depend entirely on the service learning and civic engagement activities that your group has chosen. After you APPLY and we have customized an itinerary, we will send you a quote. We strive to keep our rates as affordable as possible, without compromising the quality of our services.

Accommodation & Transfers

Accommodation

 

Where You Will Stay:

Our partner accommodation is the Hellshire Beach Club, located in Hellshire, St. Catherine less than 5 minutes away from Hellshire Beach. Our interns will stay on a special block, designed specifically to provide safety and privacy. A Program Advisor will also stay on site as well to ensure that you are entertained and your needs are met.

 

Room Features:

Double or single beds
Air Condition
Private bathrooms
Cable television
Rooms cleaned daily
Free Wi-Fi access
Spacious closets
Chest of drawer and night table
Safe (storage)
Refrigerator
Patio

 

Hotel Features:

You will also have access to the private Sugarman Beach, a football field for sports, a swimming pool and other necessities. For a full list of accommodation features visit our Hellshire Beach Club page.

 

Orientation:

We provide all of our interns with orientation on your date of arrival. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will be given your finalized itinerary and your orientation guide. During orientation we will go over project dates and times, transportation, meal times, cultural/excursion activities and you will be given tips on Jamaica.

 

Key Deposit:

We require a $10 USD key deposit to be paid during orientation. This will be refunded upon checkout once the keys are returned. If you lose your keys we will use your deposit to cover their replacement.

 

Welcome Meal:

On your date of arrival, following your orientation, you will be served with your welcome meal. This will consist of an authentic Jamaican meal prepared by our chefs.

 

Daily Meals:

Your Package Cost covers breakfast and dinner daily. You will be served Jamaican cuisine during your stay. Indicate if you have any special dietary requirements on your application so that we can make preparations for you.

 

Transportation

 

Airport Pickup:

Your Project Cost also covers the cost of airport pickup at the Norman Manley International Airport. We will meet you at the airport with a sign saying Jamaica International Projects. You will be transferred directly from the airport to Hellshire Beach Club.


If you decide to travel from Montego Bay, then you will have to take a private bus to Kingston, and we will meet you at the bus stop in Kingston.

 

Daily Transfers:

Each day, you will be transferred from your accommodation directly to your internship site by a team member. We will also pick you up at your project at the agreed upon time and transfer you either back to the accommodation, to change money/purchase supplies or to a cultural activity/excursion, depending upon your itinerary.

 

Tour Transfers:

For your tours, you will have a Program Advisor accompanying you to point out important landmarks and to function as a guide. You will be transferred to and from all excursions and outings.

 

Return To Airport:

At the end of your internship, we will provide return transportation to the airport or bus stop.

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