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Faculty-Led: Global Deaf Awareness, Jamaica
Kingston, Jamaica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer Intersession
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Program Description:
Program Description:
Global Deaf Awareness
Kingston, Jamaica

Professor Name:    Karen L. Kritzer, Ph.D.
Total Estimated Cost: $3,400 (not including tuition)
Eligibility:   Deaf Education and ASLEI majors given priority but all with an interest in Global Deaf Awareness are welcome to apply
Course: SPED 4/50093
Number of Credit Hours:  3.0
Program dates:   5/23/19 – 6/2/19
Application deadline:  February 1, 2019


Course Name and CRN:  Global Deaf Awareness: Experience Deaf Education in Jamaica
Location(s):   Kent State main campus and Kingston Jamaica
KSU Sponsoring College:   EHHS
Course Description:  
This course, offered during summer intercession, provides participants with an opportunity to be immersed in Jamaican culture for 10 days.  During this time, participants will interact with the students, teachers, and staff at several schools and/or programs for the deaf in Jamaica. Participants will learn about the experience of being deaf in Jamaica and have the opportunity to engage in tutoring/teaching and/or interpreting with students of all ages.  There will also be ample time to explore beautiful Jamaica, visit local beaches and churches, the Bob Marley museum, a coffee estate, and learn how to cook Jamaican-style.

When:  May 23, 2019 – June 2, 2019

Program highlights/ Itinerary:  
Day 1 Thursday - Arrive at Norman Manley airport and have welcome dinner
Day 2  Friday -  Volunteer at School for the Deaf
Day 3  Saturday - Creighton Estate  Tour
Day4   Sunday – Church and Fort Clarence Beach            
Day 5- 9 Monday – Friday - Volunteering with the Deaf
Day 10   Saturday-  Tour Bob Marley Museum and Devon House
Day 11- Sunday - Depart Jamaica with memories to last a lifetime 

Day 1-
Arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport and transfer to Smokey Manor for welcome dinner. Participate in orientation to get safety tips and learn about the culture.
Day 2 –
Volunteer at the School for the Deaf. Details of activities will be worked out at a later date.
Day 3
Wake up in the morning to a delicious, homemade Jamaican Breakfast. Visit Creighton Estate and learn how coffee is grown. Taste a fresh cup of the world’s famous Blue Mountain Coffee.
Day 4 –
Go to church and participate in a Hand Clapping, Singing, Drumming, and Dancing Service.
Transfer back to Smokey Manor, rest then head to the beach swim and sample the world’s famous Fish and Bammy.
Day 5 – 9
Volunteer at  the School for the Deaf. Details of Activities will be worked out at a later date.
Day 10 –
Take a magical journey to Bob Marley’s Museum and feel the spirit and legend of the father of Reggae.
Move on to the historic Devon House, the former home of Jamaica’s first Black Millionaire George Stiebel.
Day 11-
Leave Jamaica with memories to last a lifetime.


Requirements: Deaf Education and ASLEI majors given priority but all with an interest in Global Deaf Awareness are welcome to apply
Pre-requisites: SPED 4/53309 Introduction to Deaf Studies
Maximum capacity: 10

Visitor House, Smokey Mountain Estates
Breakfast and Dinner provided daily; participants will need to buy lunch/snacks (approximately $20.00 a day)

Please make arrangements with the DeWeese Health Center or another health provider as soon as possible for immunization appointments.  Appointment openings are limited and they may have to order your vaccine, which takes time.  Plan accordingly.

Program Fee Breakdown: Arifare: $1000.00, OGE / THT: $54.50, Accomodations: $1,374.00, Fee: $150.00. Tour: $105.00, Housekeeping tip: $10.00, Contingencies: $25.00, Materials; $25.00 and Shutterfly: $10.00
Tuition: Please see for current tuition rates
Estimated personal costs: everything included in cost, if student wants to purchase anything it is on their own
Total Estimated Cost:  $3,400.00 per student


Application deadline:   February 1st, 2019
Payment deadline:         Payments broken monthly, tuition and cost to be paid before student leaves in May for the trip
Withdrawal deadline:   February 1st, 2019


Faculty name:   Karen L. Kritzer; Ph.D.
Phone:   330/672-0608
Office location on campus:   405 C White Hall

Brief Bio:
Dr. Karen L. Kritzer is an associate professor with the Deaf Education program at Kent State University.  She has an interest in promoting Global Deaf Awareness and has international partners in Mexico and Jamaica.


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This program is currently not accepting applications.