Leadership and Service Learning in Jamaica – JMU – James Madison University

Montego Bay, Negril, Kingston, Jamaica
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.
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.
Narketta Sparkman-Key | sparkmnm@jmu.edu | Office of Academic Affairs
Linda Thomas | thoma7lm@jmu.edu | Graduate School
Double occupancy accommodations centrally located to restaurants and popular beaches.
Meals will be covered in the program fee.
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.
Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0
No language requirement
Students must have sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student standing
This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:
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All dates are tentative and subject to change
EDUC 305: Critical Studies in Education, Race and Culture (3 credits)

EDUC 525: Cross-Cultural Issues in Education (3 credits)

UNST 390: Special Studies in University Studies: Jamaica

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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