Summer Abroad Programs are one of the most popular ways volunteers use to get away and see the world. Do you have a bucket list – a list of once-in-a-lifetime experiences you’ve got your heart set on? If you have written them down, or you’re just thinking about them, why not make them happen this summer.
If you are looking for a first-hand cultural experience and want to immerse yourself in a local life, your Dreams can become a reality by coming to Jamaica! Experience this exotic island in a whole new way as you become immersed in local communities and see the ‘Real’ Jamaica.
Your bucket list could consist of summer volunteer programs which include: Orphanage volunteering, working in a sports or local YMCA camp, exploring cascading waterfalls, swimming, seeing historical sites, taking an exhilarating trek up the famous Blue Mountains, dancing to reggae music, or enjoying Jamaica’s night life.
Whether you are a TEEN or AN ADULT… you know deep down inside there is more ‘Out There’…
You know you have talents and skills buried inside, screaming and scratching to get out, but you are not sure how to take the first step. Volunteer abroad and let us show you where to start as we share the story of a volunteer who was once in your shoes.
My Amazing and Life Changing Summer Volunteering Abroad ~ Patience Ameyaw
“Every New Year, I make a list of goals I plan to accomplish in the upcoming year. One of the things on my first list of goals for the year was ‘Go somewhere outside of the U.S. for summer volunteering’. Since college, I have always wanted to do a volunteer vacation trip. Every year, I would search websites after websites looking for the perfect volunteering abroad programs without much success. This year had to be different, I knew it.”
“Summer was approaching and I was getting discouraged; until out of nowhere I came across the Jamaica Volunteer Programs’ website (till’ this day I still don’t know the search word that landed me on this website!). On March 25th, 2008, I sent an email to the owner, Maureen Wright –Evans, and that’s when my journey began.”
Coming to Jamaica felt like a homecoming
“I was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, but coming to Jamaica felt like a homecoming. I felt so much at home like no other place I had ever been before. I remember being so nervous and excited about my first trip to Jamaica alone, but I knew in my heart I wanted to do this.”
“I had the most amazing time ever on my trip here- a life changing experience. I felt spiritually, mentally and emotionally renewed. I have definitely grown as a person. Spiritually, my faith and trust in God has grown tremendously since this trip. I took a step of faith by coming to Jamaica and God never left me out of his sight, not once. I felt as if God brought me here for a reason after all these years of searching for the perfect volunteer vacation.”
The new people I have come to call family
“Through this summer volunteering abroad trip to Jamaica, I met new people I have come to call family. I have never in my life felt such a strong and positive connection with people I have never met before, as when I first met the owner of Jamaica Volunteer Programs, Maureen Wright-Evans and her family. The first time I spoke to Maureen over the phone, it seemed as if I had always known her. The most interesting thing that Maureen and I both discovered upon meeting for the first time is that we shared the same birthday! No wonder we got along so great! I really believe we met for a reason.”
“I thank God so much for this trip; I needed it. It opened my eyes and mind to numerous things. This is definitely one life-changing summer experience I will never forget.”
Now your dreams about volunteering abroad do not have to be a fantasy – Jamaica Volunteer Programs can help you to make it happen. Just like Patience, you just have to take the first step.
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