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See Jamaica Education Study Abroad Travel Itinerary
View Jamaica Education Study Abroad Trip Costs

Course: Aug 14-Dec 8, 2017
Travel: Nov 4-13, 2017

SPC College of Education students will volunteer in the public schools in Negril, Jamaica, for approximately 35 hours in a one-week period, through an organization called Great Shape!, Inc., that was established in 1988.

One of Great Shape’s programs is called SuperKids, an initiative to help improve literacy with Jamaican children. In addition, volunteers work with children in the areas of art, computers, music, and physical education. In the schools, College of Education preservice teachers will teach small and large group lessons, work side by side with Jamaican teachers and interact with children in a variety of activities throughout the school day. The experience would count towards part of the required practicum hours (up to 25) for EDE 4942.

Think you can’t afford to study abroad? Scholarships and other ways to fund your study abroad program are available. Explore scholarship options now.

Available courses – Students must enroll in the course listed below during the fall 2017 semester in order to be able to participate.

Note: Students must confirm with an academic advisor that they meet all college enrollment requirements AND course prerequisites to be eligible to enroll in the course listed. Students receiving financial aid must confirm with a financial aid advisor whether their study abroad course will be covered by financial aid.

Professor: Cher Gauweiler 

EDE 4942 Integrated Language Arts, Children’s Literature and Social Science Practicum 1 credit

Lead faculty contacts
After you submit the application online, we will review your application and e-mail you with details of scheduling your interview with the Jamaica program lead faculty, Melissa McAllister , 727-712-5205.

Student Travel Blog – For a taste of what it’s like to study abroad in Jamaica, or to follow our students as they travel, read posts from the Jamaica blog below.

Make A Difference For Children In Jamaica – School Supply Drive Aug 9-18, 2017

School Supply Drive

Help us make the Jamaica Education Study Abroad School Supply Drive a success! In the upcoming fall semester, a group of SPC College of Education student volunteers will be headed to Jamaica to work directly with children from first through sixth grades, helping them increase their reading skills. These children live in rural areas where the literacy rate is just … Continue reading Make A Difference For Children In Jamaica – School Supply Drive Aug 9-18, 2017

Can love be the strategy? #Jamaica

You think you know what to expect, but you don’t. You have been studying Education, you’ve worked in low-income schools, you’ve been on mission trips in America, you’ve been to all the “Study Abroad” meetings; it’s still not what you expect. You prepare by talking with the leaders that went last year, you make creative … Continue reading Can love be the strategy? #Jamaica

Pinky Promise – Jamaica Study Abroad Education 2015

Coming into this experience, I was unsure of what to expect. I have worked with plenty of kids during my short 21 years of life, but none of them touched my heart quite like the students of Peggy Barry Primary in Jamaica. The students have so little, yet enjoy every bit of what they have … Continue reading Pinky Promise – Jamaica Study Abroad Education 2015

#Jamaica: It didn’t take long for them to show their amazing personalities that I fell in love with!

The smiles on the student’s faces when we showed up to the school warmed my heart. I knew right from the bat that this experience was going to be something unlike anything I have ever been through. I was eager to begin my day and meet all of the students. It didn’t take long for … Continue reading #Jamaica: It didn’t take long for them to show their amazing personalities that I fell in love with!