Fruit stand in Jamaica

In early January, 2012, a group of university students from Keene State College in New Hampshire will travel to Petersfield, Jamaica to serve and learn with Amizade’s community partners in Jamaica.  Follow along on their adventure on their blog, https://amizade.org/volunteer/keene-state.

Over the last several weeks, we have been meeting with out students to help prepare them for this experience. These meetings included opportunities for our students to get to know each other, learn about our expectations, travel and safety tips (thank you GEO!)  learn about the history and culture of Jamaica (thanks again to Dr. Carol Bailey for all of her help!), and understanding WHY we were going. This included a shared reading program, focused around “Start Something That Matters” by Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS. This powerful book has provided a sort of rallying cry for our students, showcasing the ability of individuals to make a difference and change the world.

But, the time has come to put those lessons to the test. In just a few short weeks, we will be departing Boston for Jamaica, to spend 10 amazing days immersed in a new culture, supporting a local community, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. While in Jamaica, we will be staying with local families in the community of Petersfield. We will working with local primary schools in a variety of different capacities. In addition to the service opportunities, our students will get a chance to experience all that Jamaica has to offer. Our students will be able to participate in local community meetings and celebrations, learn more about the history and culture of Jamaica, and visit a variety of other communities and “must see” locations.

In partnership with Amizade, we have created this blog to keep families and friends updated on the many different experiences and reactions we will encounter while in Jamaica. We will post as often as possible.