For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of Jamaica is warm beaches, lush vegetation, and tropical vacations. It’s no wonder this island nation has become a tourism hotspot, with its warm hospitality and English-speaking population. Tourism has helped to bolster Jamaica’s economy, but the country still faces significant economic, social, and environmental challenges. Volunteers in Jamaica gain a deeper understanding of the “real” Jamaica while making a meaningful contribution to the country’s future. World Endeavors Deaf Education volunteers in Jamaica dedicate their time and enthusiasm and partner with a Deaf education organization in Kingston. Due to the lack of a developed Deaf education system in Jamaica and the lack of resources and qualified Deaf education teachers, most Deaf students leave secondary school with less than a 5th grade reading level. Volunteers assist educators with improving literacy and promoting personal development, as well as helping improve educational facilities and opportunities for the Deaf community in Jamaica. Volunteers can have different deaf education levels, ranging from volunteers who with no signing abilities to experienced deaf educators who are fluent in sign language. Deaf students benefit from having passionate, helpful volunteers to mentor them in the areas of language, leadership, and cultural exchange. In return, volunteers build strong relationships with students and teachers alike while gaining insight into a unique community in Jamaica.
Ranked as one of the top universities in Latin America, Universidad Austral provides diverse courses, academically challenging curriculum and extracurricular activities for international students and Argentines alike. With courses taught in both English and Spanish, students have the option to take courses that not only fit their career goals, but also their language preference. In addition, the campus is home to eight institutes dedicated to various academic studies, which provides opportunities for virtually any major. The University’s campus in Buenos Aires is the perfect opportunity for international students to explore Argentine culture. Known as the “Paris of the South”, Buenos Aires offers students an affordable and rewarding alternative to studying abroad in Europe. Students enjoy week nights out tango dancing, watching fútbol or visiting museums in central Buenos Aires, while weekends are ideal for planning adventurous excursions to the countryside that include hiking, trekking, swimming, camping and skiing.
As one of Ecuador’s top rated universities, Universidad Espiritu Santo has something for everyone with its wide range of subjects. Students can choose to take Spanish language courses along with a variety of other classes in either English or Spanish, depending on the student’s Spanish proficiency. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a service learning internship where they work in local community organizations. This gives students a chance to learn more about the social needs of the city and contribute in a way that enhances their studies. Universidad Espiritu Santo’s modern campus is complete with a sports complex and pool, music and TV studios, and a student-run restaurant.