|From January 3rd through the 9th, a team of 5 women and 5 men, eight undergraduate students and two administrators, will embark on Loyola’s ninth faith-based immersion trip to the Caribbean – spending 7 days on the island of Jamaica. |
We will be based in the mountain town of Mandeville, which is located on the southern interior part of the island. Our days are spent volunteering with local service agencies, learning about the issues that affect rural Jamaicans, and spending time with ordinary people. The people of Jamaica live in the midst of immense natural beauty but often struggle for some of life’s basic necessities. Thankfully Jamaica has been spared a direct hit by hurricanes this year, but as always they are still coping with chronic lack of infrastructure and support systems.
Some of the things that we will be doing during our time in Jamaica are:
• Encountering the economically poor and marginalized of Jamaica through interpersonal dialogue and service.
• Reflecting critically on issues of faith and justice.
• Learning about aspects of Jamaican culture through a series of speakers.
• Sharing individual skills, resources, and gifts for the purpose of creating a more just world.
• Nurturing and challenging our faith lives through worship and daily encounters with Jamaicans in an ecumenical setting.
By supporting the Jamaican Experience team, you will be helping us to purchase construction materials for the home we will build on this immersion experience. By our standards, this 16’x16’ dwelling would be more like a storage shed – but for many women and children, this may be the first real roof over their heads to call their own in quite some time. Your donation will also help us to cover the cost of travel, program expenses, and community and education initiatives for the people with whom we will work and live.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity!