Misericordia University’s Mission, Ministry, and Service office recently completed their annual service trip to Jamaica. The group of six students and two staff members volunteered with various organizations and schools, including the Diocese of Mandeville. Participants worked on building homes, spent time with the elderly, children, and disabled, and gained a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by Jamaicans. Students spoke highly of their experiences, describing the trip as life-changing and eye-opening. The Assistant Director highlighted the impact of the trip on the students, noting their increased awareness of global citizenship and a newfound appreciation for the happiness of the Jamaican people.
Attention to all Misericordia students and staff! The Mission, Ministry, and Service office has been conducting service trips to Jamaica for over 20 years. This year, from January 3rd to the 10th, they continued their journey through the beautiful island, volunteering with the Diocese of Mandeville.
During this impactful trip, six exceptional Misericordia students and two dedicated staff members wholeheartedly dedicated their time to help a variety of groups in Jamaica. They worked with Gift of Hope of the Mustard Seed Communities in Spur Tree, Missionaries of the Poor in Golden Springs, Annunciation Early Childhood Institution in Hayes, St. Philomena Basic School in Portland Cottage, and Missionaries of Charity in Balaclava.
One of the students, Victoria Pellew, a sophomore studying Biology and Chemistry, described her experience as life-changing. She had the opportunity to connect with new people, provide assistance to those in need, and gain a deeper understanding of the everyday hardships faced by Jamaicans.
The service trip included activities such as building homes, visiting with the elderly, children, and disabled individuals. This hands-on experience left a lasting impact on students like Olivia Spencer, a junior studying Occupational Therapy, who found the trip to be both fun and eye-opening.
Lindsey Riddell, Assistant Director of Mission, Ministry, and Service Office, emphasized the transformative nature of these service trips. She spoke about the students’ unyielding support for one another and their deepening awareness of global citizenship.
To further enhance your understanding of the journey, you can view the House Building Group Photo here. Additionally, take a moment to reflect on the images from the trip .
Make sure to grasp the significance of this incredible journey and consider how you can contribute to future service trips with the Mission, Ministry, and Service office at Misericordia University.
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