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Jamaica Service Learning
Hagley Gap, Jamaica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2016 12/01/2015 12/04/2015 03/12/2016 03/20/2016
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Homestay
Prior Language Study: N/A
Eligibility Requirements:
Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher
Duration: Short-term, Spring Break
Program Description:
MountainsProgram Dates: This program will be offered over Spring Break 2016.

Program Overview
Escape Wisconsin winters with this meaningful and rewarding service learning program in rural Jamaica over Spring Break. Students will work in the community of Hagley Gap, in the Blue Mountain region of Eastern Jamaica. 

Students will participate in service learning projects related to Nursing and Health Education. Nursing and related health students will work in rural clinics and conduct community health outreach activities such as blood pressure and diabetes screening. Student may also lead health education workshops in local schools.

Students will learn about the geography, history, and culture of Jamaica and study how issues of energy, the environment, education and the economy in developing countries differ from those in the United States. During the study abroad service-learning experience, students will be engaged in hands-on service projects.

Course Information

This program will be a non-credit course for 2016 for Madison College.

Accommodations and Meals

Lodging will be in local host families which allows an up-close look at daily life in the community and an opportunity to make new friends.

Local placement and logistics will be handled by the Blue Mountain Project a non-profit organization dedicated to health, education, and sustainable development in the Hagley Gap region.

Girls at School

In addition to the service activities, students will have participate in a day-trip to the ocean.  Additional activities will include events designed to help understand the local culture such as cooking lessons, farm tours, patois lessons and/or guest lectures on Jamaica history and culture.

Additional Information

A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Jamaica. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.

All students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation. This orientation provides information on health and safety, packing, trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information.


The program fees for Spring Break 2016 is approximately $1535.

Cost Includes:
• Travel and lodging in Jamaica
• All food and water in country
• Hands-on service learning placement and facilitation by US college instructors
• One day excursion
• All local cultural learning activities
• Mandatory international health insurance

Additional costs include
• Airfare to and from Kingston, Jamaica (Approximately $500- $700)
• Incidental/recreational food and drink
• Personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, souvenirs, etc.)
• Passport (if you do not yet have one)

 Outside School BuildingFor More Information

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.