This global service-learning course, based in Jamaica, introduces students to the cultural diversity in family life in the Caribbean. In partnership with Amizade, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing global community service, students will work with families in a rural community on issues related to child development and mental health.
The RWU group will be based in Petersfield, a rural community located southwest of Montego Bay in the heart of Jamaica’s sugar cane industry. Student and faculty accommodations in Petersfield will be in “homestays” with local families coordinated by the Amizade site director. This will provide students with a first-hand opportunity to experience and participate in Jamaican family life.
During this stay, students will explore the history, culture, and geography of Jamaica in order to gain a broader understanding of the social and economic influences on local communities and family life. This will include travel to urban, rural, and coastal areas of the island guided by local experts.
For the purposes of this course, students will work with families in the local community, with a focus on parent education regarding child development and mental health. Students will complete directed readings relating to Jamaican history and culture, cultural diversity in Caribbean families, and global social policies regarding children and families. Evening lectures and discussions will provide opportunities for reflection and feedback. Local experts will serve as guest speakers and tour guides for throughout the region.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018
Interviews may be conducted after 10/1
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- Minimum Sophomore standing
- Good academic and judicial standing
PSYCH 430 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY/Public Health, Community Mental Health in Jamaica (3 Credits)
Student accommodations will consist of Homestays in the local rural area.
January 13 - 21, 2019
$2,548 (does not include airfare)
Includes: Tuition, Lodging, Meals, Programming, Travel Insurance
Financial Aid and Scholarships
RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below. Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.
The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit
The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available)
Professor Becky Spritz, Affiliated with the Department of Public Health
Health & Safety Abroad
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