Jamaica

Bellarmine Prep students slowed down and enjoyed the moment in York Castle, Jamaica

August 2019 “What I learned from the community was that we live very different lives, yet we are still similar in some ways. Most of us don’t walk everywhere, see goats and other farm animals every day, or know every person in our town, but we find ways to bond with music, sports, and smiles. […]

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Washington and Oregon students learn the importance of community on their trip to Woodford, Jamaica

July 2019 Early one July morning, 20 anxious Vancouver/Portland students met with their 4 mentors at the airport to embark on a life changing journey. No one knew what to expect . . . well, maybe some of the chaperones did slightly, but I can say for certain that this experience was one of a […]

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High schools from across the US team up in New Forest, Jamaica

June 2019 Marquette University High School (WI), Jesuit Portland High School (OR), School Without Walls (DC), and Richmond VA area schools in New Forest School, Manchester Jamaica. I should begin this story by saying that this trip had ups and downs, highs and lows, forwardses and backwardses. If I started it any other way, the […]

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University of Oregon students transformed by the bonds created in Ritchies, Jamaica

June 2019 Day 1– After a long travel day we landed in Montego Bay Jamaica in the early morning. Groggy and starving we were greeted by our Courts for Kids leader and Peace Corps representative with our first Jamaican treat… Patties! A delicious flaky handheld pie filled with spicy beef to get us going for […]

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Cross Keys, Jamaica- Portland, OR High Schools

Jamaica mon! We spent an incredible week in New Broughton, Jamaica where we made new friends, tried new food, and worked harder than we have ever worked before! Each morning our days began by packing up our belongings and storing our beds as we were lodging at the local elementary school. While we worked hard, […]

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Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Students Feeling Full in Woodlands, Jamaica

When I went to Jamaica with my school in the last days of May, I didn’t know what to expect. I was mainly focused on getting the work done and becoming closer to God through the experience. However, once I actually got there, surrounded by my classmates, I knew I wouldn’t be able to just […]

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SW Washington high school students to Jamaica

Our Courts for Kids team consisted of 5 adults and 20 students from Clark County (Battleground High School, Columbia River High School, Kings Way, and Eisenhower Elementary School), and one high school student from Dubai.  We ranged in age from eight years old to retired, and we had students, clerks, teachers, and a factory materials […]

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Ridge, Top Hill, Jamaica

2013 Two and a half hours southeast from Montego Bay, in the rural breadbasket of Jamaica, is a small town called Top Hill, where 23 volunteers (18 high school students and 5 adults) from Southwest Washington and over 40 community volunteers particpated in a court building project.  We partnered with FOR U (Friends of Ridge, […]

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