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Jamaica: Community Development in Rural Jamaica
Petersfield, Jamaica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Program Cost Spring
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Best Fit Majors: Philosophy
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led, Service Learning, Spring Break
Credits Earned: 1 Faculty Leader: Richard Montgomery
Program Description:


Jamaica: Community Development in Rural Jamaica
JamaicaCommunity Development in Rural Jamaica provides students with an academic and practical introduction to the realities of international development efforts, with a specific focus on the experience of rural Jamaica. You’ll meet with and learn from Amizade’s community partner since 2003, the Association of Clubs (AOC). The AOC has been recognized by the Jamaican Government for its excellence in locally-driven rural community development.

This course is an applied writing skills laboratory and a service-learning class. You will be paired up with a nonprofit community partner to produce real communication pieces. Writing skills are learned by doing. Through this course, you will also have the opportunity to become intimately involved with the community of Petersfield, Jamaica through host family interactions, community activities and professional development. In the process, you will help promote the Petersfield model for social change and share knowledge that encourages future community-led growth and development.


City: Montego Bay

Country: Jamaica

Population: 96,488

Information: Montego Bay, the capital of St. James Parish on Jamaica’s north coast, is a major cruise ship port with numerous beach resorts and golf courses outside its commercial core. Popular beaches include Doctor’s Cave Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach, home to an amusement park. There’s snorkeling and diving at coral reefs in the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park.

Places of Interest:
Rose Hall
Doctor's Cave Beach Club
Dunn's River Falls


HUM 499 - Global Service Learning in Jamaica - 1 credit

A main objective of Global Service-Learning is to provide students a forum for critical reflection on community-driven service, intercultural experiences, global citizenship, and each of the previously listed components’ relationships to anchor course content. The course will progress through a framework which explicitly links personal experience and readings with regular writing assignments in a journal and class discussions. Journal assignments begin prior to intercultural immersion and then cover the following broad themes while in the host community:  personal values & ethics, service in a cross-cultural context, global citizenship and communicating and activating the GSL experience post- cultural immersion.
The course concludes with a capstone project for students to synthesize their academic learning and personal reflections as well as translate the course experience to an audience.


Students in this course are required to travel to and participate actively in the life of the host community during the duration of the program.  This participation includes a minimum of 20 hours of service work in collaboration with our community partner organization, The Association of Clubs in Petersfield, Jamaica.  To meet this goal, students may also complete service or other related community-based activities in their home communities as a further experiential component.  While the students are required to perform this service work and additionally designated activities in order to receive a passing grade for the course, they do not receive further academic credit for service activities.  The intercultural service experience serves as a basis for course discussion and student writing.


Dr. Richard Montgomery


Total program cost: $
* WVU Course Instruction for 1 Credit Hour
* Round Trip Airfare
* All lodging and Meals
* Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
* Community Service Project and Materials
* Local Excursions and Community Activities

Billing for the Spring 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Spring Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in January students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Hub at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

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