The Jamaica Experience
Monday, May 11 to Wednesday, May 20 2015
Ten to twelve Loyola students are selected each year to participate in The Jamaica Experience in Kingston, Jamaica.
- TO SERVE: Participants will work with those of the greatest need -- the impoverished & challenged, the disadvantaged young and the elderly.
- TO LEARN: Participants will have an opportunity to explore the political, sociological, and economic issues that have created the environment and situation in which they will find themselves.
HISTORY OF LOCATION: Contrary to its advertising to lure tourists, Jamaica is an island nation of scarce resources and intense poverty. The city of Kingston is a crowded urban area where hundreds of thousands are living in the deepest poverty. It is a city where there are very limited social services and where many people live seeking the basic necessities of life.
EXPLANATION OF TRIP: The type of work on The Jamaica Experience will vary at each site, and include helping serve meals, washing/shaving, entertaining or writing letters, tutoring or sports & games, painting/ cleaning/ fixing up. The volunteer work sites can vary, but most likely will be:
- Riverton City Early Education Centre, a school located at a shanty town settlement built on the old Kingston garbage dump.
- Calaloo Mews Basic School, a primary school located across from Riverton City.
- The Home for the Destitute and Dying, a home for the elderly run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
- Missionaries of the Poor Bethlehem Home, an orphanage for physically and mentally challenged children and young adults.
- Bustamante Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital on the island of Jamaica.
COST: Fundraising with a goal $1500. This covers air transportation (New Orleans /Kingston) local transportation, housing and meals for the entire week. Participants will be asked to fund-raise as a group and individually and assistance in such will be given. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance.
INFO SESSIONS: Tues, Sept 30 @12:30pm & Thurs, Oct 9, 2014 @5:00pm in Manresa Den/Bobet Hall 107
- Applications Due: Friday, October 17, 2014
- Interviews: October 20 to October 31, 2014
- Post-Selection Meeting: Late November 2014
- Overnight Retreat: Friday, Jan 23 to Sunday, Jan 25, 2015
- Pre-Trip: Participants will gather weekly in the Spring Semester
- Post-Trip: Final & Joint Reflection in Fall 2015 Semester
- Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B Vaccination
- U.S. Passport Required or Jamaican Visa for Non-U.S. citizens
- $100 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance
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