Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the Jamaica Service Project and the close partnership between Hollins and the community of Lucea on the island nation's northwest coast. In honor of this milestone, Hollins President Nancy Gray accompanied Associate Dean of Cultural and Community Engagement Jeri Suarez and the Hollins students who spent their Spring Break bonding with people of all ages in Lucea and working in the local school system and infirmary. Photo courtesy of Pavithra Suresh '16
Since the program began in 1988, more than 250 Hollins students have taken advantage of this opportunity to experience the Jamaican culture and to complete service projects, such as teaching in the school system or working with the local infirmary.
Here's what Pavithra Suresh said in her blog about her experience during the spring 2013 trip:
"I have trouble finding words to describe how incredible the Jamaica Service Project was. For me, despite the yearlong internship leading up to the trip, it was utterly life changing. I felt so embraced by the community of Lucea. It truly confirmed my future plans to work in international policy and communication.
"We were lucky enough to have President Gray accompany us on the trip, given that it was the 25th anniversary of the partnership between Hollins and Lucea. She joined us as we acquainted ourselves with the community, explored different parishes, worked in Lucea Primary School and Ruseas Junior High School, and volunteered in the Hanover infirmary."
The annual trip occurs during spring break. Hollins is committed to keeping fees low for this program, and scholarships are available. It is open to qualified Hollins students in all classes and disciplines.