WMU: Jamaican Rehabilitation Partnership Project (Faculty-led)

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  • Location(s): Jamaica
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Winter Break program:This elective course explores the state of rehabilitation services of the pediatric population in rural Jamaica and includes home visits, evaluation and treatment for the pediatric population of St Elizabeth, Jamaica. WMU stud... read more

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Winter Break program:
This elective course explores the state of rehabilitation services of the pediatric population in rural Jamaica and includes home visits, evaluation and treatment for the pediatric population of St Elizabeth, Jamaica. WMU students will form assessment and treatment teams to support the families living in rural Jamaican by sharing knowledge and experiences that directly impact recipients with an emphasis on education and training caregivers so needs can sustained post on-site visitation. In addition to this hands-on application of occupational therapy services with children and families. there will be multiple opportunities for engaging with the Jamaican community to experience the  physical and cultural beauty of  Jamaica.

Spring break program:
Spend spring break learning about Jamaican culture, the development of occupational therapy, and volunteer as a student in beautiful Jamaica! Choose one of two sites to volunteer and learn at.  Jamaica is a Caribbean nation rich in culture and history. To most people Jamaica is a beautiful tourist destination, but beyond the walls of tourism is a land of strong willed individuals who are eager to learn more about rehabilitation and break through the barriers of poverty.

One group of students will have the opportunity to volunteer in St. Elizabeth Jamaica in a rural clinic called Bull-Savannah. Students will have the opportunity to live in the village in a school for the week and travel to and from the clinic. The current physical therapists at the clinic see individuals with neurological deficits. Please see http://www.friendsoftheredeemer.org/about/brookes-story/ Depending on the needs of the individuals students will have opportunities to serve both in the clinic and in individual’s homes.

Another group of students will have the opportunity to live at the Jamaican Deaf Village and volunteer at a children’s home in Mandeville, Jamaica. The Jamaican Deaf Village is a village of deaf individuals who work, have families, and are independent in their lives. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic sign language before they arrive. Transportation will be provided every day to the childrens home they will be volunteering at. The childrens home is a home in the Mustard Seed Organization. Its called Gift of Hope. Currently, there are 17 children and adults with various disabilities including CP, autism, developmental delay, and fetal alcohol syndrome. We have been told their population may double by the time we are there. Please see http://www.mustardseed.com/site/PageServer?pagename=where_serve_jamaica

The purpose of the trip is to provide students with experience in cultural immersion. We are dedicated to building lasting sustainable relationships and being mindful of the differences in American vs. Jamaican culture. Students must learn the ability to listen to what is being asked by the current caregivers and individuals with needs. Students need to go in with an open and creative mind. Timetables and agendas are subject to change depending on the needs of the residents at the clinics.

Evening activities: Students will have the opportunity to travel with the group to do Jamaican cultural immersion activities. It is expected that students will not walk or travel outside of their living space without consent of the instructor or with another person. This is for the safety of the students.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Short Term
Minimum GPA:
3.5
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