LearnServe Jamaica

A Carribbean island of 2.8 million people approximately the size of Connecticut, Jamaica is best known for its beaches, Bob Marley, and Rastafaris.  Yet the country has a different side.  20% of the population lives below the poverty line, youth unemployment is nearly 30%, and only three-quarters of kids attend secondary school.  Youth-centered organizations address these issues.

LearnServe Jamaica participants work with organizations in Kingston, Scott’s Hall, and the Blue Mountains.  In 2016, LearnServe Jamaica participants will:

  • Receive training from KBC Learning to be effective tutors
  • Offer literacy training to children at St. Albans Primary School in Kingston, in partnership with KBC Learning
  • Conduct a social entrepreneurship workshop and teach lessons at Maxfield Children’s Home
  • Live and work with families in the Blue Mountains, helping to improve their health center and community center
  • Teach computer classes with the Blue Mountain Project, a community development organization at Penlyne Castle

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LearnServe Jamaica gives you the opportunity to see the side of Jamaica overlooked by most tourists – and join the individuals and organizations working to make real change in their communities.

2017 Summer Schedule

In 2017 LearnServe teams will travel to Zambia, Paraguay, and Jamaica.  The three-week trips will depart late June; pre-travel training sessions will be held on Saturday and Thursday afternoons throughout the spring semester. In addition students are expected to conduct a service day, as shown below.  There are four post-trip meetings August – October in which participants prepare action plans and share their experiences with their schools and communities.


Key Dates

Pre-travel Training Dates (tentative – to be confirmed)

Location TBD.  Saturday Sessions are (tentatively) scheduled for 2-5 pm.  Thursday sessions are from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

  • February 18 (Sat) – LearnServe Abroad Launch, with notary and passport application support
  • March 4 (Sat) – Human Centered Design, Social Entrepreneurship, passport application support
  • March 18 (Sat) – Diversity and Inclusion
  • April 1 (Sat) – Identity and Cross-Cultural Dialogue, Essentials of Leadership
  • April 22 (Sat) – Group Challenge Day
  • May 6 (Sat) – Country Immersion Day
  • May 18 (Thurs) – Global Issues – Local Action
  • May 25 (Thurs) – Global Issues – Local Action continued
  • By Saturday May 27 – Partner Organization Human Centered Design or Action Day
  • June 1 (Thurs) – Country Group Work
  • June 8 (Thurs) – Country Group Work
  • June 15 (Thurs) – Country Group Work
  • June 17 (Sat) – Pre-travel Launch Celebration
  • June 22 (Thurs) – Country Group Work

Tentative travel dates

June 25, 2017 July 11/12, 2017

Post-Travel Follow-up Meetings

  • August 26 (Sat) – Post Travel Reflection, Storytelling Workshop
  • September 9 (Sat) – Presentation Planning and Practice
  • September 16 (Sat) – Presentation Planning and Practice
  • October 14 (Sat) – Graduation!


Cost of Trip: $3,200 (does not include passport, visa fees, or vaccinations)

Listed prices are estimates and subject to change at time of airline ticket purchase.

Financial Aid is available.  Any participant or school unable to cover the full cost of the program should contact Sabine Keinath by email at trips@learn-serve.org.



For more information, contact trips@learn-serve.org.

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