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For more information contact:

Jeri Suarez
Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement
Hollins University
(540) 362-6382

Jamaica Service Project details

Jamaica Cultural Immersion Program details

Hollins organizes a mini Peace Corps project to an impoverished community in Jamaica. The service project takes place in Lucea in Hanover Parish on the Northwest Coast of Jamaica. The program has been in existence since 1988.

The students work on a variety of community-based projects ranging from teaching in the school system to working with the local infirmary to refurbishing community buildings. They also work with the children in a recreational capacity. All of the projects are designed to encourage better understanding of another culture. This objective is enhanced through the experience of living with local families and sharing their lives and walking to the various projects within the community.

Along with the service projects, the group participates in seminars and lectures by local community members on the sociological, political and educational structure of Jamaica and the Third World. There are scheduled tours to a rainforest as well as other scenic areas of the island.

Prior to departure from campus, the students participate in an intensive orientation class designed to fully prepare them to enter into the culture with confidence and ease.


Application process

In early fall, an information session is held complete with slideshow and presentation about the service project. This will be your opportunity to meet with the director of the program and ask questions. Written materials and applications will be available at the meeting. You will also be asked to sign up for an individual interview with the director. The selection process is held at this time for the spring break project. If you are not able to attend the meeting it will be important to contact the director to schedule a time to meet with her and proceed with the application process.

No previous experience is required. However, you must have an open mind, a willingness to work hard, and a desire to learn about a new culture from the inside.



The project is open to qualified Hollins students in all classes.