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Jamaica: Alternative Spring Break - Community Engagement

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Spend one week this spring break in the Caribbean volunteering in Jamaican communities! During this two-city program, students will be immersed in Jamaican culture working at a local service partner near Mandeville, Jamaica. Experiential learning activities and learning include conversations with local leaders about history, politics, and environmental conservation.  End your week floating down the Martha Brae River and enjoying the pristine beaches of Montego Bay.  Join over 100 other Bobcats who have participated in this experience since 2015!

Program Dates

Spring Break 2020 - March 7-15, 2020

Application Deadline - Extended to October 15, 2019

This program has a maximum group size of 22 students. 

Living arrangements 

Students will live in a centrally located 3 star hotel.  Some meals will be provided.

Courses and credits 

Undergraduate students will earn a total of 3 OHIO credits: UC 2900 OR INST 4930: Independent Study. 

Graduate students will earn 3 OHIO credits: INST 6930: Independent Study.



2020 Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet*

2020 Graduate Student Budget Worksheet*

*Program fee  INCLUDES  roundtrip airfare from Columbus to Montego Bay, housing, daily breakfast, some additional meals, and transportation/entrance fees to all program-related activities. 

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

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Eligibility Requirements 

This program is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major, with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average or above. Graduate students are required to have a 3.0 GPA.

Students will apply via Ohio University’s   online application.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the   Office of Student Accessibility Services   to schedule an appointment to complete an   Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the   Centers for Disease Control   for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the   State Department website   for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Entry and exit requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,   apply for your passport   now.

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO's   Visa Information Page.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found   here


For more information contact:

Alison Moore, Program Director 

Ellie Koewler, Program Coordinator







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