Jamaica Program – Trip during Winter Break 2014-15
Arrupe International Immersion Program
Trip Destination: Kingston, Jamaica
Trip Dates: 8, 9, or 10 days toward the end of winter break 2014-15.
Coordinating Organizations: BC Campus Ministry, in collaboration with New England Province Jesuits living and working in Jamaica, along with Campus Ministry’s Fr. Michael Davidson, S.J., a Jamaican Jesuit who will serve as the primary coordinator of this trip.
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Jamaica Trip Itinerary:
The B.C. Jamaica delegation travels to Kingston where program participants collaborate with Jamaican Jesuit priest Michael Davidson, who is on staff at Boston College’s Campus Ministry, and Fr. Michael’s fellow New England Province Jesuits and other affiliated with the Society of Jesus who live and work in Jamaica, in creating their trip experience. Throughout the week, delegation participants stay at St. George’s Jesuit College in Kingston and visit, work with, and learn from people from the local community.
Additionally, participants have the opportunity to learn about the larger context within which Jamaica as a country is situated. They meet with various community leaders, including local Jesuits and their affiliates and representatives of the Catholic Church, government, non-governmental organizations, and many others, and listen to presentations and engage in discussions on social, economic, political, and religious issues that have affected and continue to affect the people of Jamaica. Participants also have the opportunity to witness first-hand the joys and struggles of people through staying for a few days with families in the community surrounding St. George’s College, sharing in and learning about their everyday lives.