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Location

Montego Bay, Negril, Kingston, Jamaica

Program Description

The Jamaica Human Services study abroad program aims to prepare JMU students for leadership roles in their fields of study by giving them hands-on experiences with culturally and ethnically diverse populations. The focus is on service learning and the preparation of future leaders through cultural immersion experiences within the community of Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Effective communication, cultural sensitivity, culturally competent leadership and inclusion are core competencies.  Through participation in this service learning-oriented study abroad experience, students will develop and sharpen their communication, cultural sensitivity, leadership and diversity competencies while examining firsthand the relationship among theory, research, and practice. This experience will simulate culturally competent leadership experiences.

Students will experience a number of guest lectures by University of West Indies Professors and will integrate with University of West Indies students.

Location Description

This study abroad takes place within Montego Bay, Jamaica which is known for its beaches and sunsets. Students will spend time in Kingston and Negril exploring cultural sites. Students will visit University West Indies Montego Bay and Kingson campuses, explore Dunns River Falls, Rose Hall, Ricks Cafe Negril, Bob Marley Museum, Pineapple Plantation, Rum Farm amongst other history-rich sites. In addition, service learning is a significant part of this experience and students will have an opportunity to interact directly with the community in a hands-on way.

Director

Narketta Sparkman-Key | sparkmnm@jmu.edu | Office of Academic Affairs

Linda Thomas | thoma7lm@jmu.edu | Graduate School

Accommodations

Double occupancy accommodations centrally located to restaurants and popular beeches.

Meals will be covered in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisites: ENGL 211C or ENGL 231C

No language requirement

Students must have sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student standing

Application Process

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

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Interview with Program Director may be required

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

Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

TBA: Ethical Leadership (4 credits)

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.

Cost

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