If overseas summer programs are not yet on your bucket list, then it’s time for you to add it. Because whether you’re a TEEN or an ADULT, everyone needs to escape every now and then. You’ve had a long year, and summer is quickly approaching, so perhaps it’s time for that break you’ve been postponing.
Life is short. So why wait to tackle that list of once-in-a-lifetime experiences you’ve got your heart set on? You’ve probably written them down, or maybe you’ve just been thinking about it for the longest while. Well, why not make them happen this summer?
You’ve been dreaming about a first-hand cultural experience and want to immerse yourself in a new local lifestyle. Fortunately, 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.
Overseas summer programs are among the most popular ways young people or even families get to see the world.
Your bucket list could consist of overseas summer programs, which include:
- Volunteering with children;
- Working in sports or a local YMCA camp;
- Exploring cascading waterfalls;
- Seeing historical sites;
- Taking an exhilarating trek up the famous Blue Mountains;
- Dancing to reggae music; or
- Enjoying Jamaica’s nightlife.
You know, deep down inside, there is more out there for you.
You know you have talents and skills buried inside, screaming and scratching to get out, and this summer could be your time to shine.
But you’re not sure how to take the first step.
Here’s a story of a volunteer who was once in your shoes, but with our overseas summer programs, she checked a few items off her bucket list.
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.
What To Do Next?
We are registering NOW for all our summer programs, so contact a program advisor with all your queries or just apply here.
Not sure what there is to learn, do, and enjoy in Jamaica? This guide takes you Beyond the Shorelines of Jamaica and gives you an insider look at our culture.
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