I have trouble finding words to describe how incredible the Jamaica Service Project was. For me, despite the year-long internship leading up to the trip, it was utterly life-changing. I felt so embraced by the community of Lucea. It truly confirmed my future plans to work in international policy & communication.
We were lucky enough to have President Gray accompany us on the trip given that it was the 25th anniversary of the partnership between Hollins and Lucea. She joined us as we acquainted ourselves with the community, explored different parishes, worked in Lucea Primary School and Ruseas junior high school, and volunteered in the Hanover infirmary.
This trip was so wonderful for me because it was so far outside of my comfort zone. I also want to extend the deepest of thanks to everyone who made this trip possible, especially Jeri Suarez (Associate Dean of Cultural and Community Engagement). Jeri worked tirelessly to ensure we had the safest, most culturally rich experience while in Jamaica. Over the last 25 years, Lucea has become her home away from home. The Hollins-Lucea partnership would be nothing without her.