Global Linkage: Journey to Jamaica IV - April 23-28 or 23-30, 2017 - MICE

Global Linkage: Journey to Jamaica IV - April 23-28 or 23-30, 2017

Global Linkage: Journey to Jamaica IV - April 23-28 or 23-30, 2017
Start: 23 Apr 2017 00:00 America/Jamaica
Finish: 29 Apr 2017 00:00 14

Global Linkage: Journey to Jamaica IV - April 23-28 or 23-30, 2017

at

Half Moon Resort

April 23-28, 2017 or April 23-30.2017, Montego, Bay, St. James Parish

The River City (TN) and Tulsa (OK) Chapters of the Links, Incorporated are excited to continue their global presence as we Journey to Jamaica in April 2017! As we look to broaden our International Trends and Services platform for programs designed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the African Diaspora, our Caribbean excursion will be both inspirational and rewarding.
Please join us for our visit to Jamaica, where we will demonstrate our commitment to enriching and sustaining the cultural and economic survival of people of African ancestry, through friendship and service.
While spending five exciting days in Jamaica, members will have the opportunity to visit and spend a day of service at the Carey Basic Baptist School –located in the St. James Parish of Montego Bay, where we will assist with repairs and improvements needed at the school, provide books, school supplies, and other needed educational resources, and conduct two health and wellness workshops.  In addition, we will conduct outreach activities and provide supportive services to homeless youth at the Irwin Girls Home.   Lastly, we will assemble and much needed staple food items to at-risk families with the support of the Mt. Carey AME Zion Church.  Our Journey to Jamaica III will impact the lives of underserved families throughout Montego Bay, and allow each traveler to explore and experience the cultural jewels of the local region.
A few of the goals established include 1) to impact the school by performing and/or facilitating repairs and improvements, 2) to impact underserved children, women and families that live in poverty and lack access to food by providing nonperishable goods and personal care products and 3) to directly impact the lives of service workers at our partner hotel by being gratuitous and providing care packages for them, and 5) to provide a boost to black owned businesses in the local area
School

Painting
Dining Hall Equipment and Supplies
Books
School Supplies
Repair of window slats
Playground equipment
Computers
Access to the Internet and Digital Media

Broader Community Outreach
Impact for the broader community will include distributing personal care and staple nonperishable food items to a shelter for homeless teen girls, and other at-risk women and families.  Further we will facilitate group outings that patronize local black owned establishments to create a substantial economic impact on those businesses.
Tentative Itinerary
Sunday – 4/23/17                                                    
Arrive in Montego Bay Jamaica by 8:00pm 
Welcome Reception” 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Monday – 4/24/17                                                  
Free Time All Day
“Relax and Recover”
Tuesday – 4/25/17                                                  
*ITS Facet Meeting Over Breakfast 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Team Building Activity and Lunch 10:30 am – 3:30 pm “Site Visit Preparation” – Package Giveaways Operation “Suite Dreams” – Decorate Girls Home Optional Outings: All About Town – Local Fare & Shopping 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wednesday - 4/26/17
Day of Service “Carey Basic Baptist School” 10:00 am – 1:00 pm “School Supplies & Multipurpose Complex Dedication” ------------------ Lunch Break ------------------------ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
SOS Children’s Village Jamaica 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm “Be a Blessing Basket Give-Giveaway” Irwin Girls Home 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Optional “Jamaican Nights” – Adult Excursion 10:00 pm – 1:00 am Thursday – 4/27/17
Free Time All Day Program Recap and Departing Reception 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Group “Farewell Dinner” 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday – 4/28/17
Base Trip - Depart Half Moon Montego Bay 11:00 am Checkout
Saturday – 4/28/17
Free Time All Day
Sunday – 4/30/17
Extended Trip - Depart Half Moon Montego Bay 11:00 am Checkout
SHIPMENT OF SCHOOL AND PERSONAL SUPPLIES, STAPLE FOOD ITEMS, AND ROOM DÉCOR TO JAMAICA:A shipment of the barrels of school supplies and staple nonperishable food items has been scheduled to coincide with the group trip to Jamaica in January. The barrel(s) will be shipped in late March to early April. The items will be distributed to our students and families in need during the Journey to Jamaica IV.
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