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FROM: Dr. Cheryl Hettman RE: "JOIN ME IN JAMAICA" - A Faculty-Led Service Learning Trip
5/8/2013 11:36:34 AM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff

"JOIN ME IN JAMAICA" - A Faculty-Led Service Learning Trip


Focused on Global Health & Education Insights



When:  Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, June 29, 2013


Who: This Faculty Led Service Learning trip is primarily intended for persons in health care or health-related professions (e.g., nursing, physical therapy, health science, social work, counseling, pre-med, psychology, etc.) and education (primary and special education, especially).   Others are also welcome upon consultation with the faculty member/Trip Facilitator, Cheryl Hettman, PhD, RN, from the Department of Nursing (call 724-938-4130).


What: This trip is primarily focused on “insights to global health and education” through an international experience. This is accomplished through dialogue, direct service (includes, but is not limited to, hands-on interactions and teaching projects), and cultural immersion (*accommodations are within the settings to be served and visits are made to local sites of interest).


Opportunities exist for persons from various disciplines to engage in pre-arranged experiences in their area of specialty (e.g., visiting a local hospital, conducting teaching sessions, performing basic health-related interventions, computer services, literature, counseling, and social work interactions, etc.). *NOTE: Pre-trip informational session will take place in person or by phone with the faculty member.


Where: Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) – a non-profit mission in Kingston, Jamaica, which takes in hundreds of abandoned and medically needy children. Many are severely disabled and have disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hydrocephalus, and HIV/AIDS. They also have a population of pregnant teens. The goal is to help provide these children with compassionate and dignified care, and also, to provide teaching sessions for the children and the caregivers who are themselves quite impoverished and lack formal education. See for more information about the organization.  Travel within Jamaica includes going to the various Mustard Seed Communities, in and around Kingston and the surrounding region.


Requirements: Desire to learn about other cultures; Interest in service to others; Compliance with rules and regulations of the facilities to be visited and the Trip Facilitator; Pay all fees and complete all paperwork (to be distributed after you give your commitment to participate) by due dates; current Passport; Good personal health; *Immunizations: current Tetanus required; Hepatitis A is recommended, but not required.


Estimated Cost:

I. $950 - Accommodations on site, meals, airport fees & transportation in Jamaica, tips, cultural visits, short-term health insurance. Due by May 15th.


II. *PLUS AIRFARE ON OWN, which varies per originating airport, airline, sales, etc.  Due upon commitment to go on trip  (e.g., From Pittsburgh ticketing is around $700 - $800). **Details of which flights to get are available from the Trip Facilitator.



To register and for further information, contact Dr. Cheryl Hettman

at 724-938-4130.  Space is limited; first come, first serve.