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Crown Point, Matelot, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Program Description

Experience the Caribbean and expand your knowledge of strategic communications, including the enabling environmental factors, during this three-week, global service-learning program in Trinidad and Tobago. With the globalization of businesses and organizations, being able to understand and work in diverse international and intercultural settings is critical. 
This global service-learning program will focus on creating strategic communication materials for both our community partner, the DORCAS Women’s Group (an organization that aims to improve their community through grassroots community projects) as well as the cities we visit (Port of Spain, Matelot and Crown Point). 
In order to accomplish our class goals, help our community partner achieve their goals, and create a truly global experience for everyone involved, students will: 

  • Assist in implementing strategic communication tactics for the community partner and the cities we visit.
  • Explore Trinidad country and culture through field trips and community events, including hikes through the rainforest and a visit to the local leatherback turtle-nesting site.
  • Meet with the leaders (and members) of the DORCAS Women, community elders and others to better understand the culture and specific challenges facing the community.
  • Meet with local youth through community development projects.
  • Meet with local public relations practitioners, journalists, non-profit organization and community leaders. 

*Note: Two weeks will be spent abroad in Trinidad and Tobago. One week will be spent preparing for and wrapping up the trip at JMU. 

Location Description

During the program students will travel to three cities in Trinidad and Tobago over two weeks. They will start their experience in Trinidad's capitol, Port of Spain. During this portion of the trip students will stay in the city center and have the opportunity to meet with local communications practitioners and community leaders and explore the city by enjoying the local cuisine, visiting the beautiful churches, touring the bird sanctuary, dancing to steel pan and soaking in the sun at the beach.

Next students will travel to the north coast of Trinidad to the unique, breathtaking and remote village of Matelot. During their stay in Matelot, students will meet with DORCAS Women's Group and other community members while also experiencing incredible home cooked meals, hiking through the rainforest, relaxing by the river and visiting the astounding leather-back turtle nesting site.

Finally, student will end their journey in Crown Point, Tobago, where they will visit the Argyle Cocoa Estate, Buccoo Reef, the Nylon Pool, and have the opportunity to meet with an eco-tourism organization.


Shana Meganck | | SCOM


Accommodations will be provided. Students will share rooms in guest houses and host family housing depending on the city. All transportation to required activities will be provided.

All meals will be provided as part of the program. Most meals can accommodate allergies or food preferences; however, there are a couple that cannot be tailored. Students should bring or plan to purchase additional snacks.

Additional Items to Consider

A full itinerary will be provided once students are enrolled in the program.

There is cell phone service in each city, but students are responsible for their own international cell phone plan. This is not required, but advised as wi-fi access is minimal.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Prerequisite: Nine hours of SCOM courses including SCOM 240 and one at 100 level. 

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Essay
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SCOM 313: Topics in Communication Studies: Trinidad and Tobago Strategic Communications (3 credits)

SCOM 665: Special Topics in Strategic Communications in Trinidad and Tobago

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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