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Live and Study in Jamaica

West Virginia University has teamed up with Amizade Global Service-Learning to offer a study-abroad opportunity in Jamaica for students in all engineering disciplines. Participating students will earn four credit hours as part of the program, which is held during half of the spring semester and for two weeks in the summer in Jamaica.

The Program

The course is designed to engage students in humanitarian engineering activities. Students design and implement solutions to engineering educational challenges; tutor local students; provide computer instruction; and participate in construction, maintenance, and repair initiatives, and much more. No prior experience is required; all projects are supervised by a very knowledgeable site director.

Students will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Jamaica through field trips to sites of cultural and historical importance. Whether it's snorkeling and kayaking in a marine park or zip-lining through a rain forest, the program will provide students with the opportunity to explore the beauty of Jamaica's urban, rural, and coastal areas. Students will spend one week living with local families in homestays, designed to give an opportunity for both further cultural learning and deeper personal relationships. They will spend a second week in a hotel located at Montego Bay.

Credits earned through the program can be applied toward the Certificate of Global Competencies, which is offered in WVU's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

About Jamaica

Jamaica is known for its beach resorts, tropical beauty, and warm, friendly atmosphere, yet the majority of this enchanting island is not visited by tourists. The small and very safe community of Petersfield, located in the heart of Jamaica's sugarcane industry, offers volunteers a glimpse into a more authentic Jamaican culture than traditional resort destinations.

Students in Petersfield participate in the life of a rural community. Working with a local community organization gives them a chance to contribute their skills while absorbing the stories and strength of people working to build a better future for their community. Cost and Financial Aid

The cost for the program is $3,700; includes course delivery and instruction, airfare, ground travel, accommodations, meals, field trips, and travel and medical insurance. WVU students are eligible for financial aid, according to standard University procedures.

For more information, contact:

Ordel Brown
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Freshman Engineering
West Virginia University
PO Box 6101
Morgantown, WV 26506-6101
(304) 293-0997