UMW in Jamaica
Dr. Melanie Szulczewski and Dr. Pam Grothe invite you to join them for an exciting 4-credit course with a trip to Jamaica during Spring Break. Students will explore and study both environmental and social sustainability initiatives and challenges from the oceans to the mountains over eight days on the island. We will hike through remote mountains to observe Jamaica’s 27 endemic birds, beautiful waterfalls, and more. We’ll stop in the capital of Kingston to visit the Bob Marley Museum and the Hope Zoo Iguana Conservation Center. We will also take a boat trip through a mangrove forest, visit the famous Pelican Bar (almost one mile offshore), and have a Jamaican cooking lesson by locals with locally sourced food (jerk chicken or tofu, anyone?). And lastly, we’ll explore the Caribbean Sea, snorkeling the coral reefs during the day and swimming in the Luminous Lagoon at night.
In Jamaica students will stay in local hotels, hostels, and villas in groups of two to four. Depending on location and availability, some queen-sized beds may need to be shared by students. Each accommodation will have WiFi available and some locations will have a kitchenette to use for the preparation of breakfast and picnic lunches.
Students will earn 4 credits for EESC 360E which will meet weekly during the Spring 2022 term in addition to the time spent in Jamaica over spring break.
This course satisfies the Beyond the Classroom OR Diverse and Global Perspectives general education requirement by contract with the Faculty Director only.
Requirements & Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites for this course. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study.
Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).
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