Sports for Social Change

Walderston, Jamaica

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Global Service Adventures
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Jun 9 - 15, 2023
Group size: 12 - 20
Sports for Social Change
Walderston, Jamaica

Global Service Adventures
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$NaN
Jun 9 - 15, 2023
Group size: 12 - 20

About this trip

What is work without a little play? Bring your enthusiasm and energy on this program as you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful island of Jamaica through sports and service. Stay active with the children in the community, many of whom are naturally athletically gifted. Ability isn’t the core target, however. Rather, the importance lies in producing opportunities for fun and those which build self-esteem, all while creating memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Impact local children through planning and implementing a sports camp
  • Learn about the intersection of sports with both mental and physical health in developing countries
  • Tour the legendary Bob Marley Museum
  • Establish a sports field in an underdeveloped neighbourhood
  • Relive the highlights of sports legend, Usain Bolt by dining in his famous restaurant, Tracks and Records
  • Become engrossed by the canvas of tranquil mountains and farmlands that isoffered at your home base
  • Connect with underserved youth at a local children’s home 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Summer vacation often seems to be a sought after time of year, with many students very eager for the school bell to ring on that final day of school. Yet, here in Jamaica school is critical for providing stimulation, learning, recreation opportunities and even food that may not always be a consistently accessible at home. The scarceness of resources can lead to a lack of proper nutrition and exercise which can create behavioral, health and developmental challenges for children. Through a strategic partnership with the iCAN Foundation, students will be tackling these systemic problems. From planning and renovation new sports fields, delivering new sports equipment and teaching the convention of sports, including basketball, soccer, and baseball, (just to name a few!) you don’t have to be a star athlete to make a difference in the life of these children. After a day on the field, students will have the opportunity to further their service at a local children’s home. Whatever the project, you are sure to be the cause of lots of smiles as you are helping bring health and joy to the children and community at large.

HANDS-ON LEARNING

You will discover how community infrastructure, poverty and sports all intersect to form health outcomes for the children and families living in the areas in which you will be working. Through guest speakers and trainings, you will learn how sports are crucial for physical and mental health: Sports are not only good for keeping in shape, they help with the values of determination, confidence and sportsmanship toward others and have been found to have a positive effect on self-esteem. Students will also be able to channel their energy into working with children at a local children’s home.

ADVENTURE

This program is distinct from the typical tourist experience in Jamaica as it offers unique opportunities for adventure. Whether you’re zip lining through the beautiful rainforest or sitting on a beach, enjoying the beautiful turquoise Caribbean Sea, you will be sure to get a sense of the relaxed, Jamaican vibes. You’ll get a chance to venture out of the countryside and into Jamaica’s bustling capital city, Kingston. There, you’ll learn about how Bob Marley was not only a Reggae legend, but a humanitarian who tried to unite the world with his notion of “One Love”.

LODGING

Your home base is a historical estate set on a 24-acre farm with beautiful mountains serving as its backdrop. The accommodation is located in the village of Walderston, farming community known for its serenity and beauty. The students will share comfortable, gender- segregated, dorm style rooms. The home base delivers a cozy, “at home feeling” and is newly renovated with many Western amenities. 

What’s included

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Ground transportation
  • Cultural activities
  • Adventure tours
  • Speakers & lectures
  • 24/7 In-country support
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights

Itinerary

Days 1
Getting Oriented

As soon as you touch down into the beautiful island of Jamaica, you will be greeted by a member will be from our JVE staff. After a 3.5 scenic journey to your Home Base, you will have the chance to meet  fellow JVE students with whom you will get to know well in the upcoming days. As you settle in, you learn about some important cultural norms in Jamaica, review our Code of Conduct, and start getting to know each other. We’ll show you the majestic views of the 24 acre farm where you will be staying,   service project, familiarize ourselves with the area with a community hike and begin giving details about the service project.  

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Global Service Adventures
Wanderlust Adventures is an umbrella organization consisting of 4 distinct brands as well as custom group travel experiences for a wide array of institutions. We specialize in providing customized travel adventures for young people ranging from 15 to 35 years old. As a trusted source for responsible travel, we offer suitable and sustainable experiences for all types of explorers.