by Mohawk College

This experience was brought to life by a Director at Mohawk College who wanted to give back to the primary school her mother and father had attended as children in the rural mountains of Jamaica. Rochelle was interested in bringing a group of students from the college to donate and configure laptops for the primary school to use for education.

We helped Rochelle bring her vision to life by creating an impactful trip that combined Rochelle’s vision for the volunteer project, with local accommodations and excursions that gave the college a taste of Jamaica. We arranged accommodations, transportation, meals, cultural excursions, beach days, local guides, and in-country support that all aligned with the school’s values and preferences. The result? An unforgettable experience for both the admin and students from Mohawk College, and everyone from Bowden Hill Primary School.

Itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Arrive at airport in Kingston and meet local guide and bus driver
  • Take private bus to home base
  • Lunch
  • Get to know local guide, unpack and settle in
  • Dinner at home base
  • Overview of week itinerary and student expectations (reflections, safety, etc.)

Day 2:

  • Breakfast at home base
  • Day spent at Bowden Hill Primary school for project mapping
  • Dinner at home base

Day 3:

  • Breakfast at home base
  • Private Bus to Ocho Rios for excursion day
  • Drive through and pictures at Fern Gully
  • Blue Hole for swimming and cliff jumping
  • Lunch at the Jerk Center
  • Souvenir Shopping at Ocho Rios Craft Market
  • Beach for swimming, glass bottom boat, and snorkeling
  • Dinner at home base

Day 4:

  • Breakfast at home base
  • Day spent at Bowden Hill Primary School for project
  • Dinner at home base
  • Evening trip to Devon’s House

Day 5:

  • Breakfast at home base
  • Day spent at Bowden Hill Primary School for project
  • Dinner at home base
  • Evening trip to Courtleigh Hotel and Suites to run Mohawk College Recruitment Event

Day 6:

  • Breakfast at home base
  • Day spent at Bowden Hill Primary School for project
  • Afternoon trip to Bob Marley Museum
  • Dinner at home base

Day 7:

  • Breakfast at home base
  • “A morning with Bryan” information session from local guide about Jamaican culture and customs
  • Afternoon spent at Bowden Hill Primary School for lunch and Community Engagement Session
  • Dinner at home base
  • Week reflection/wrap up

Day 8:

  • Breakfast at home base
  • Visit at High Commissioner Office
  • Private bus to airport