Dates: Jan 5-Jan19

Group Size: 2 student leaders, 1 staff advisor, 9 participants

Cost: $2000

Travel Clinic: Level 2 visit +immunizations


Quick Facts:

  • Be a part of VISION’s first trip to Jamaica
  • Experience the joy  of working with amazing kids!
  • Hear the story of Jamaica often missed by  it’s many visiting tourists.


Host Community

Our host will be Jamaica Volunteer Programs. Over the past twenty years, they have provided  programs to support the poor and vulnerable in and around Kingston, Jamaica.  Their programs include working with orphanages, providing coaches for youth sports  camps, and working in local schools.   Maureen Write-Evans is the founder of the organization.  She is from Jamaica and will be our host for this trip.  She has deep love for her country and is excited to share the real story of Jamaica with our St. Thomas students.


Justice Issues Overview

  • Youth Development— Hundreds of children in Jamaica are placed in orphanages each year because they have been abandoned by their parents or because they cannot afford to take care of them.  Jamaica Volunteer Programs partners with several orphanages and  uses the energy of volunteers to run educational and developmental programs for th4ese wonderful children.
  • Colonialism— During the 18th century, the powerful Maroons, escaped ex-slaves who settled in the mountains of Jamaica, carved out a significant area of influence. Through the use of slave labor, the production of sugar in this British colony flourished. But the courageous resistance of the Maroons threatened this prosperous industry. These efforts included plantation raids and the freeing of slaves. The threat to the system was clear and present; hence, the planters were willing to sign a treaty with the Maroons in 1738.


Cultural Opportunities

The group will have the chance to explore the tremendous natural beauty of Jamaica through hiking and beach trips.  Field trips include Hellshire Beach, Dunn River Falls and the Blue Mountains.  The group will also have the chance to explore the music and religious practices of the Rastafarian tradition as well as some of the prominent Christian churches found in Jamaica.  Jamaica has been a melting pot of many cultures and influences and nowhere is this better reflected than in the wonderful foods of this exotic island. Some popular foods you’ll find are: Calaloo & Saltfish, Curried goat,· Escoveith Fish, Bammy & Fish, Festival· Rice & Peas, Jerk Chicken and · Stew Peas & Rice


Sample Week

Monday-Breakfast 7:00 am – 8:00 am

8:25 – 4:30 PM: service project in Manning’s Hill

5:00-7:00 Rest and relax. Get ready for some home cooking!

7:00 – 9:00PM Reflection


Tuesday-Breakfast 7:00 am – 8:00 am

8:25 – 4:30 PM: service project in Manning’s Hill

5:00-7:00 Dinner

7:00 – 9:00PM Reflection


Wednesday-Breakfast 7:00 am – 8:00 am

8:25 – 12:00 PM: service project in Manning’s Hill

12:00 – 4:30 PM: Field trip: Learn about the Jamaican Maroon and their struggle for freedom. Live and eat like a Maroon for a day

7:00 – 9:00PM Reflection


Thursday- Breakfast 7:00 am – 8:00 am

8:25:  4:30 PM: Field trip: Go to the market and buy fresh Jamaican fruits and vegetables. Use these to cook the most mouth watering dishes

7:00 – 9:00PM Reflection


Friday – Breakfast 7:00 am – 8:00 am

8:25 – 12:00 PM: service project in Manning’s Hill

12:00 – 4:30 PM: Field trip: Learn about Hellshire beach and see how vendors make a living selling ‘fish & bammy’ the famous beach food in Jamaica

7:00 – 9:00PM Reflection


Saturday- Breakfast 7:00 am – 8:00 am

8:25 – 4:30 PM: service project in Manning’s Hill

7:00 – 9:00PM Reflection


Sunday –6:15 am – 7:45 am -Optional Country walk tour/hike
(see the community of Smokey vale, learn about the environment & take photos)

9:30   - 12:30: Attend  the Rastafarian and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church - Explore their history, use of herbs, lifestyle and food

7:00 – 9:00PM Reflection


Food, Lodging, and Travel

Just think of Jamaica Volunteers as family waiting for you in Jamaica. One of their representatives will be at the airport to pick you up and transfer you to your housing. They will take you back on the return journey. The group will be housed in dorms and shared rooms at Smokey manor Guest House. Before the start of your project, you’ll be given an orientation which will give good insight into Jamaica, the culture, things to do and see, and what to do in case of an emergency. Daily breakfast and dinner are included and student will make their own lunch to bring to the worksite.



The trip fee of $2000 includes round-trip airfare, site transportation, work materials for site, transportation, meals lodging, as well as programmed group activities. Students should be prepared for additional expenses not included in the program fee, which include:  spending money (as determined by the group agreement), food en route to site ($30), updated immunizations, passport fees, and optional travel medications.