Join Jamaica Mustard Seed and spend spring break in Kingston, Jamaica, working with the country’s most vulnerable populations.

Jamaica Mustard Seed

Jamaica Mustard Seed is a week-long Boston College sponsored spring break trip where students spend the week volunteering with Mustard Seed Communities, a non-profit in Kingston, Jamaica. Mustard Seed is committed to caring for the country’s most vulnerable populations

BC students will spend the week immersed in Jamaican culture and the struggles faced by the children and adults of the Mustard Seed Communities. On the trip, students will complete manual projects that help Mustard Seed in its day-to-day running, as well as interact with and get to know the Mustard Seed residents and staff.

The JMS group will be finalized in October, and will meet weekly both before and after the trip, as well as nightly when we are in Jamaica over spring break. During these regular reflections, we will:

  1. Introduce conversation around topics that are relevant to the trip (i.e. ability status, HIV/AIDS, cultural norms, race/ethnicity, etc).

  2. Explore questions of faith and spirituality.

  3. Learn about the history, politics, and culture of Jamaica.

  4. Plan and execute group fundraising projects.

  5. Reflect on our experience so as to translate learning into action.

Mustard Seed Communities

Mustard Seed Communities began in 1978 just outside Kingston, Jamaica in order to serve the most vulnerable groups living in Jamaica, especially children & adults with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and teen mothers with their children. Much of the trip is spent interacting and forming relationships with the Mustard Seed residents and staff. Mustard Seed is organized into different “apostolates,” or homes where the residents live and receive care.

We spend the largest amount of time with the residents with disabilities, and visit other apostolates that serve different communities. No prior experience is necessary

Applications for the March 2020 Jamaica Mustard Seed trip are now closed. If you are interested in applying for the trip next academic year, 2020-2021, please fill out this interest form and we will email you when the application is live in September 2020. Questions? Please email betsy.fountain@bc.edu.

Student applicants to Jamaica Mustard Seed must:

  • Be a current undergraduate student in good standing at Boston College who will be on campus for the full duration of the upcoming academic year (i.e. not abroad)

  • Be at least 18 years old by the trip’s departure date

  • Not be participating in another service trip receiving a point drive this academic year

  • Have a valid passport that provides for international travel (or be able to obtain one by the time of the trip)

  • Commit to the full fundraising requirements of the program

  • Participate in weekly team meetings both before and after spring break

If you have any questions about the Jamaica Mustard Seed trip please reach out to one of the staff leaders of the trip, Betsy Fountain or Eric Rivera

Please consider supporting the team by visiting our donation page and in the field I wish to make my gift to: select Jamaica Mustard Seed Trip.