Jamaica Study-Service Term


Jamaica SST was last offered in fall 2010.

Students arrive in Jamaica on the tropical north coast in Montego Bay City, affectionately known as the “Second City” of Jamaica. After several days of orientation, students head out to one of the 10 deaf schools scattered around Jamaica, such as the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf with over 200 deaf students assisting in the school’s health clinic, or Top Hill at Maranatha School for the Deaf with 20 students. No matter the geographic location,students live and work at a school for deaf children. This is a time to become intimately acquainted with Jamaican Deaf Culture and serve the school. The school becomes the host “family” just as it is family for many deaf students.

After six weeks, students return to a central location for the final six weeks of SST. During this time Jamaican host families are be an essential element of the experience. From them, students learn about work and home life, savor simple home cooked meals and enjoy the bonds of a new family.

During these weeks, morning and afternoons provide opportunity for formal study including: Jamaican Sign Language classes taught by members of the Jamaican Association for the Deaf and seminars on Jamaican history and politics. Students also get to explore sugarcane plantations, coffee growing on Blue Mountain and The Institute of Jamaica.

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