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Jamaica 2019 - Trip Overview

In May 2019, FSCS students and faculty embarked on a captivating learning experience that explored criminal justice in Jamaica with a particular examination on their diverse models and approaches to corrective action, detention, rehabilitation, and reintegration of youth and young offenders. In partnership with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of West Indies, students were immersed in an engaging learning environment which included field trips to criminal justice agencies, and guest presentations and workshops facilitated by SALISES and other front-line agencies and organizations in Jamaica.

Trip Name: Jamaica 2019 (12 days)

Partner: SALISES at University of West Indies – Mona Campus

Eligible Programs:

  • Community & Justice Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Service Worker
  • Child and Youth Care (Degree & Diploma)
  • Community Development

Credit: Students participating on this trip were eligible to accrue placement hours and gain valuable international service learning experience.

Program Highlights:

  • Field trips to the Jamaica Defense Force Base, Zones of Special Operations, the Office of Commissioner of Police, and the Ministry of National Security
  • Volunteering projects with the Boys’ Town Basic and Primary School and the We Transform initiative at the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre
  • Lectures and workshops facilitated by faculty at SALISES and leaders of justice-based agencies and organizations in Kingston

“…All students should have the opportunity to do this global learning experience because it allows you do identify skills, perception, and learning in a whole different way. It allows a student to interact physically to the life, and learning skills in another culture that they are able to bring with them into their careers.”

Child and Youth Care student, Jamaica 2019

Jamaica 2018 - Trip Overview

In May 2018, a group of FSCS students and faculty traveled to Kingston, Jamaica for an enriching experiential learning opportunity in partnership with the LEAD Outreach Initiative. Students volunteered with three community organizations including Mustard Seed Communities, the STEP Center, and the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation, all of whom support young children and families. Through applied learning and reflection, students had the chance to expand their knowledge within their field of study and to develop resilience, identify their strengths, gain new skills, and identify career goals.

Trip Name: Jamaica 2018 (10 days)

Partner: LEAD Outreach Initiative

Eligible Programs:

  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Social Service Worker

Credit: Students participating on this trip were eligible to accrue placement hours and gain valuable international service learning experience.

Program Highlights:

  • Experiential learning & volunteering with:
    • o Mustard Seed Communities, an organization that provides residential care for children and adults diagnosed with disabilities, children living with HIV/Aids and young mothers in crises (homeless)
    • o The STEP (School for Therapy, Education and Parenting of Children with Multiple Disabilities), an accredited independent school supporting and educating students 2-18 years old. Students at this school have multiple disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, Cerebral Palsy and other motor skills disabilities.
    • o The Women’s Center of Jamaica, an organization that supports adolescent mothers 17 years old and under in order to minimize the risk of a second pregnancy. Their primary focus is on continuing the education of these young girls who have dropped out of school due to pregnancy

“I chose to participate in the faculty-led trip to Jamaica because I wanted to see and experience how individuals, both children and adults, living with developmental disabilities are being cared for in different countries. It was really a remarkable experience for me to meet these individuals. It gave me a new sense of hope of wanting to do more than just providing support for them, but also to be part of the community. I now want to advance my education and knowledge in providing support to individuals with developmental disabilities and to look for more ways to get involved in my community.”

Developmental Services Worker Student, Jamaica 2018

jamaica group photo

student giving two thumbs up

photo of Jamaican coastline


Past Student Experience

Gabriella Miller - Child and Youth Care (Diploma)

Hi! I am Gabriela Miller a third-year student at Humber College in the Child and Youth Diploma program. Last summer, I had the opportunity to partake in a faculty-led trip to Kingston, Jamaica with a group of students and teachers from the Developmental Service Worker program at Humber.

One of the reasons I wanted to come on this trip was to form relationships with children and youth with various disabilities and exceptions. Also, in the back of my mind, I wanted to see if my experience and knowledge with children with disabilities was enough. I learned it is important to see the trip as an opportunity to gain a new perspective.

From this experience, I learned the important value is to love and care for those in our community. When we humble ourselves and open our hearts to a vulnerable population, it is not only rewarding, but we also create new outlooks in life.

Gabriella Miller in Jamaica


Ejiro Ojaruega - Developmental Services Worker

I am Ejiro Ojaruega and I recently graduated from the school of Social and Community Services in the Developmental Service Worker program (Accelerated). During my third semester there was an opportunity to participate in a faculty-led trip to Kingston Jamaica. I was privileged to be among the first set of students that were selected to participate in this trip. I chose to participate in the faculty-led trip to Jamaica because I wanted to see and experience how individuals, both children and adults, living with developmental disabilities are being cared for in different countries. It was really a remarkable experience for me to meet these individuals. It gave me a new sense of hope of wanting to do more than just providing support for them, but also to be part of the community. The places and centers I visited with my team in Kingston were the Mustard Seed (My Father’s House and Sophie’s Place). Participating in this trip to Jamaica has really impacted me positively. I now want to advance my education and knowledge in providing support to individuals with developmental disabilities and to look for more ways to get involved in my community. I am really very grateful to the SSCS and most especially my program coordinator for her continuous support and words of encouragement. 

Ejira Ojaruega sitting on a bench under a canopy in Jamaica