Jamaica

Dates: July 6-17

Cost: $785 (plus flights ~$600)

Travel abroad with FOCUS to be a counselor at a Christian summer camp for Jamaican young teens. In the mountains of the Jamaican countryside, participants will gain hands-on leadership training, while witnessing the Christian faith in a cross-cultural setting.

Program

We will be arriving in to Montego Bay airport and then traveling by car to a beach house in Silver Sand Estate where we will spend two nights participating in Counselor Training and Orientation. From here we will head in a private car to Moorlands Camp traveling through the beautiful countryside of Jamaica. We will spend the next 6 days and nights as camp counselors for 12-13 year old Jamaican teenagers. We will be staying in cabins with students, enjoying meals with students and encouraging students to think about the Christian faith in practical and real ways through group discussion and bible studies. We will then depart the camp to head back to the beach house where we will debrief from our time at camp and enjoy some time at the beach before flying home. 

This program is an ideal fit for students who are interested in growing as leaders, sharing their faith and experiencing the Christian faith in an international setting. 

Program Schedule

  • July 6 – Arrival day – get settled into our beach house.
  • July 7 – Counselor Training and Orientation-  spend the day learning about how to be a leader at Moorlands Camp.
  • July 8 – Travel to camp.
  • July 15 – Return to our rental beach house – spend the day debriefing from our time at Moorlands Camp.
  • July 16 – Free day including beach time, an excursion and delicious Jamaican food.
  • July 17 – Departure day

Housing and Accommodations

We are renting a beautiful beach home in the Silver Sand Estate, which is a gated beach community nestled on Jamaica's north coast between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. The estate resort covers 1,400 acres of lush, gently sloping lands capped by an amazing white sand beach, which opens out to the Caribbean Sea. Our meals at the beach house are provided by a house cook and will be delicious and authentic Jamaican fare. 

When we are serving as counselors at Moorlands Camp, we will be staying in cabins with the campers. Moorlands Camp is located on 300 acres of the beautiful Jamaican mountainside. The facilities at camp include a climbing wall and zip line, swimming pool, football/soccer fields, ping-pong table and much more.  The food at camp is traditional Jamaican food served at the dining hall on the property. 

Transportation and Safety

Safety is a top priority for us on this trip, however, Jamaica is not known to be a dangerous place in general (especially where we will be).

We will be traveling around Jamaica by private car with the same driver for our entire trip. The driver is a family friend of our hosts and has experience taking visitors around the country. The Silver Sands Estate is a gated and guarded private beach community. Moorlands Camp is located in a private area of the mountains and guards patrol the property around the clock. On staff at the camp are a husband and wife who are prominent doctors in Jamaica and will oversee all the medical care needs.  

We are being hosted by a local Jamaican friend of FOCUS who has lived and worked at the FOCUS property on Martha’s Vineyard. Our host has grown up in Jamaica and has spent summers at Moorlands Camp. During all of our time in Jamaica, we will be with our host. 

It is sure to be a memorable and impactful service opportunity.