Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Saint Ann, Jamaica
- Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
- Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Our group will be working with the Fair Trade Service Learning organization, Amizade.org, to travel to Petersfield, Jamaica (it would not let me list this as a destination) to do service in the local community. This location is "in the heart of Jamaica's sugarcane industry" per the Amizade website. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside and stay with local community members, to learn more about the Jamaican history and culture. In addition, students will be participating in a number of flexible service opportunities, including construction, maintenance, and supporting and mentoring youth.
Prior to leaving for Jamaica, students will explore topics relating to leadership, service, culture, and history to better prepare for their trip. Upon returning, students will debrief with an emphasis on how they can bring what they have learned abroad back to the United States, Penn State, and especially the Berks campus.
During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of homestay overnight accommodations.
The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department. The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must attend an information session in order to receive an application. Schedule accommodations have been made for students interested, but unable to attend due to class or other obligations. Students will then complete an application, which will be reviewed by the program coordinator, Autumn Fritz, and co-facilitators Aubrey Edwards and Angela Cuva. If the number of applications exceeds the number of spaces available for the trip, we will proceed with interviews. Interviews will include questions to assess student readiness for international travel, as well to assist in balancing out the age, diversity, and familiarity represented in our group.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring- Embedded||2020||08/21/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed